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Announcing Neighborhood House's Next Executive Director

Hello Neighborhood House Community, 

After many months of preparation, outreach, recruitment, screening and interviews, I am happy to announce that we have found the next Executive Director for Neighborhood House. I am very pleased to introduce you to Janice Deguchi.

Janice emerged as the most qualified and experienced candidate from a highly competitive pool of applicants. Through every step of our screening and interview process, she exhibited a deep understanding of our work, a commitment to race and social justice, a passion for service and a leadership style that aligns with our values. As a result, the Board of Trustees was unanimous in our decision.

You will be pleased to know that all of Janice's life experiences have been embedded here in Seattle. She grew up (and still lives) on Beacon Hill, attended Seattle Public Schools, graduated from the University of Washington and then got her Master’s degree from Seattle University.

All of Janice's work experience has been deeply enmeshed in the issues and struggles of the communities we serve. She designed and managed job training programs for low-income job seekers. She served as the Executive Director for the Denise Louie Education Center, a sister Head Start agency, for 17 years, serving immigrant and refugee children and families. She worked as a senior executive for a large elder care agency providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services to immigrants and refugees. Her most recent position was as the Executive Director for Community for Youth, a local non-profit organization that inspires and supports South Seattle youth to be their best selves through mentoring, learning experiences, and a powerful community.

There’s more. Janice is very familiar with the work of Neighborhood House and has collaborated with us on numerous issues. She co-chaired the Public Policy Committee for the Minority Executive Directors Coalition along with Mark, our Executive Director, advocating on behalf of communities of color. She worked to defend Head Start funding and then led a campaign to increase funding for all Head Start programs in Washington State.

Janice's commitment to social justice extends beyond her work. She has led statewide campaigns, including one to protect Affirmative Action. More recently, she volunteered to prepare income tax returns through United Way’s Free Tax Help program for three filing seasons. Her list of volunteer activities and accomplishments is long and impressive.

Janice is excited for this opportunity and we are excited to have her as our next Executive Director. She will join our agency in September.

On behalf of the entire Board of Trustees, I would like to thank you for your unending commitment to the important work of Neighborhood House. 


Marissa Chavez

President, Neighborhood House Board of Trustees


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