About Us

Meet the Team

Steve Litzow

is a former WA State Senator and served as the Chairman of the WA State Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee. During his term in the WA State Senate, Steve was instrumental in the passage of legislation including Teacher Evaluations, 24 Credit High School Graduation Requirement, Charter Schools, a state-wide high-quality Early Learning, an historic increase in K-12 funding and reduction in state college tuition. Steve, a former Procter & Gamble executive, is currently a Partner at Altus Alliance, a management consulting firm working with technology companies.

Scott Battishill

is Principal and Founder of Curator PR, a digital public relations and marketing agency based in Seattle WA. Curator helps some of the country’s top brands build relationships with consumers in today’s highly complex marketplace of conversation. Prior to founding Curator, Scott was SVP and Senior Director of PR for DDB Worldwide. Scott began his career as a Television journalist and worked for Boeing and Intel.

Advisory Board

Chris Korsmo

As a first-generation college graduate, Chris knows the transformative power of education to lift families out of poverty. Chris joined the League of Education Voters in 2007 in order to ensure that our public education system provides Washington families with high-quality options for their kids’ education. She believes each student should be prepared for post-secondary opportunities and our education system should be designed to make that possible.

Marty Loesch

is the former Chief of Staff to WA State Governor, Chris Gregoire and is currently a Partner with Insight Strategic Partners, a public affairs firm based in Seattle, WA. Marty provides strategic and political guidance on federal, state and local issues to leading non-profit institutions and associations, technology and energy companies, government agencies, and high-profile individuals.

Mark McNeely

is Founder, CEO of Intelevision and former Head of Strategic Planning for Publicis Worldwide and Chairman of Cole & Weber. Mark brings one of the most prolific and strategic creative minds to the world’s biggest brands

Steve Mullin

is President of the Washington Roundtable which is comprised of senior executives of major private sector employers in Washington State. The WA Roundtable works to effect positive change on public policy issues that they believe are most important to supporting state economic vitality and fostering opportunity for all Washingtonians.

Cindi Williams

is an education reformer, focused primarily on communications and advocacy strategy for creating a more effective and equitable K-12 system. As Principal at HCM Strategists, she works with a remarkable group of mission driven clients and partners, such as the Collaborative for Student Success, Learning Heroes, Student Achievement Partners, the College Board, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and CCSSO.

A Non-Partisan Coordinated Effort

Education Research Institute (501c3)

ERI is the coordinating entity that will drive the strategy and execution of the initiative as well as be the funding vehicle. Steve Litzow leads ERI.

Edunomics Lab

Edunomics Lab is a university based research center focused on exploring and modeling complex education finance decisions. Edunomics will build the database, tools and provide the analysis for the initiative.

Curator PR

Curator PR is a digital public relations and marketing firm that drive the marketing efforts for the initiative coordinating with the Seattle Times and other Partners. Scott Battishill is the Principal & Founder.

Seattle Times

Seattle Times is the largest-circulation daily newspaper in Washington. The Times is partnering with ERI to promote the initiative in both its daily newspaper and online vehicles. Frank Blethen is the Publisher of the Seattle Times.

Community Partners include:

  • LEV
  • Stand For Children
  • WA RoundTable