CJ Venkataraman, Chair

CJ is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for JAG’s Washington state chapter, the Jobs for Washington’s Graduates (JWG) Foundation. He is the Chief Digital Officer and Vice President of Operations at Vera Whole Health, a provider of population health management and on-site primary care. CJ also serves as a founding board member for the University of Washington’s Information School.

Jenni Kim-Tojio, Vice President/Treasurer

Jenni is the Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the JWG Foundation. She is the Director of Project Portfolio Services at Intellectual Ventures, a privately-held invention capital company. Jenni has over 20 years of management experience, bringing her leadership skills to the JWG Foundation. She also serves on the JWG Foundation’s Planning Committee.

Susan Webber, Secretary

Susan serves as Secretary of the JWG Foundation’s Board of Directors, as well as on JWG Foundation’s Planning Committee. She is an Executive Coach and Senior Leadership Consultant for Right Management. Susan enriches the JWG Foundation Board with her extensive knowledge in performance management, leadership development and organizational development.

Shawn Lindhorst, Executive Committee

Shawn serves on the JWG Foundation Executive Committee and as a member of the Board of Directors for the JWG Foundation. He is a commercial manager for Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), one of the world’s leading agricultural processors. Shawn and ADM have provided corporate support at the Washington state-level to the JWG Foundation and national level with the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) for consecutive years.

Kristin Rhodes

Kristin serves as a member on the JWG Foundation’s Board of Directors. She is the General Manager of US Education, West Region for Microsoft. Kristin has an extensive background in sales and sales management. As the General Manager, she leads the team responsible for supporting K-12 education and higher education throughout the Western region. Kristin and Microsoft have been corporate sponsors at the Washington state level, JWG Foundation, and at the national JAG level for consecutive years.

Carol Tagayun

Carol serves as a member on JWG Foundation’s Board of Directors. She is the Director of External Affairs at AT&T for Western Washington and Hawaii. Carol has an extensive background in government relations, policy outreach and communications. Carol and AT&T have been corporate sponsors at the Washington state, JWG Foundation level, and national JAG level for consecutive years.

Ram Dutt

Ram serves as a member on JWG Foundation’s Board of Directors. He is the CEO and Co-Founder of Meylah, an ecommerce marketplace hosting platform helping small businesses compete in today’s marketplace. Ram brings his skills in management and strategic and business development to the JWG Foundation Board.

Kevin Knight

Kevin serves as a member on the JWG Foundation’s Board of Directors. He is an experienced payments and loyalty programs Senior Executive, having worked for Visa, Inc. and Nordstrom. Currently, Kevin sits on the board of several for-profit and non-profit organizations and provides consulting services through KT Knight Consulting LLC. Kevin also serves as a Board of Trustee with the University of Redlands in California.

Mark Meyer

Mark serves as a member on JWG Foundation’s Board of Directors. He is the President and Chief Operating Officer of CodeSmart, Inc., a company that develops custom IT solutions for its clients. With over 25 years of experience in the technology industry, Mark enhances the JWG Foundation Board with his marketing and business acumen and non-profit leadership experience. CodeSmart, Inc.is also a JWG Foundation corporate sponsor.

Kory Avaiusini

Kory serves as a member on JWG Foundation’s Board of Directors. He is the CEO and Co-Founder of WideNet Consulting Group. Kory has extensive experience with recruiting and business management. Kory’s expertise in strategic plannning and buisness development has supported the JWG Foundation for several years growth and program investment planning including WideNet corporate sponsorship.

Marcie Maxwell

Marcie serves as a member of the JWG Foundation Board of Directors. She is the former Senior Policy Advisor on Educaiton for Washington State Governor Jay Inslee. Marcie has deep experience with policies, budgets, bill action, agencies and stakeholder leadership for K-12 public education, early learning, higher education and workfroce development

Vern Chandler

Vern serves as a member of the JWG Foundation Board of Directors. He is a former publilc school educator and administrator. Vern currently supports the Unviersity of Washington Athletic Department with student outreach and communication. Vern brings deep relationships with the UW Atheletic and Coaching staff to the JWG Foundation.

Leslie Schmitz

Leslie serves as a non-voting member of the JWG Foundation Board of Directors and as the JWG Foundation Executive Director. Leslie is responsible for leadership and direction for all aspects of Jobs for Washington's Graduates Foundation advancement, development and fundraising. Leslie can be reached at: 206-291-8737 or lschmitz@jobsforwagrads.org