Third Sector Company proudly announces that Deb Merle has been chosen as Interim Chief Executive Officer for Equal Opportunity Schools in Seattle. Deb is the former Executive Director of the California State Board of Education and, most recently served as Interim Executive Director of the Washington State Board of Education.
Deb has earned a reputation for ensuring smooth operations as an interim leader of educational organizations during times of significant transition. She says, “Equal Opportunity Schools is an amazing organization full of people dedicated to improving the lives of students of color and low-income students by ensuring access to rigorous high school programs that will prepare them well for college. I’m honored to have been chosen to lead the team during this transition and can’t wait to get started.”
During Deb’s career in public education research, advocacy and policy making, she worked to advance equity with a particular focus on how best to equip students of color and low-income students for success in college. Deb earned her B.A. in Political Science and her M.A. in Educational Psychology, both from the University of Washington.