Deborah Cushing was named Executive Director of InvestED in August 2013. She brings a history of commitment to providing opportunities for a better life for low income children and families, including programs focused on education. Prior to joining InvestED Deborah was Executive Director of Washington Women in Need, a statewide organization that provides grants to low income women for education and health care; she also served as Executive Director of the Pioneer Square Community Development Corporation. She is on the board of directors of Independent Colleges of Washington. Prior to working in the nonprofit field Deborah was an attorney at Perkins Coie in Seattle. Her experience in public law and municipal finance included substantial projects benefiting communities throughout Washington.



Lacy Moran joined the InvestED team in October of 2016 as the Interim Development Director. She began her career in fundraising in 2001, working primarily for nonprofit organizations with a focus on education. Most recently, she served as the Director of Development and Capital Campaign at Assets School in Honolulu, Hawaii.  




Judy Simpson was named Event Manager in 2013 to increase InvestED's awareness statewide. She's enthusiastic about InvestED’s help moving students toward a brighter future. Her 15+ years of event experience includes The Museum of Flight, New Beginnings and Northwest Flower & Garden Show. Judy joined InvestED in July 2008 and continues to provide marketing, communications and Board support.




Ashley Clingan began part-time in June 2016 as the new Program Coordinator for InvestED. She is passionate about helping children and youth reach their fullest potential. Prior to coming to InvestED, she worked in Thurston County's CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Program as a Guardian ad Litem and volunteer specialist. She attended University of Washington for undergraduate and later obtained a certificate in Nonprofit Management. Ashley lives in West Seattle with her husband and toddler and together, they love exploring all the great things the PNW has to offer.


Cathy Roe earned bachelors and masters degrees in Mathematics from Duke and Rutgers Universities. Later, she returned to school and studied accounting and business at 2 community colleges and Temple University. In 2003 Cathy earned a Masters of Accountancy degree from the College of Charleston. She was among the first generation of female partners of CPA firms in South Carolina. Cathy has been the controller of 2 small businesses and 2 nonprofit organizations that served women and low-income communities. She worked for a shelter for victims of domestic violence and has taught Introductory Accounting. Before joining InvestED Cathy was the Tax Manager at Jacobson Jarvis & Co, PLLC for 7 years working with individuals and nonprofit organizations.


InvestED draws support from a dedicated 15-member board, and other volunteers who serve in our statewide Educator Ambassador Program IDEA. Those members meet with our board twice a year to discuss statewide strategies for programming, fundraising, and supporting each other.