We believe —
- Every person has a right to a life of dignity and the right to full participation in society
- Those closest to a problem are closest to the solution
- Collaboration with stakeholders leads to innovation
With shared values and beliefs, Susan Mason and Roz Solomon founded What’s Next Washington in 2017.
What’s Next Washington Staff
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Director of Operations and Development
What’s Next Washington Board of Directors
Co-Founder & Board President
Tiheba Bain is founder and executive director of Women Against Mass Incarceration, a grassroots organization empowering justice involved women and girls. She is the former National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls Coalitions Director.
Tiheba sits on the African American Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity & Opportunity in Connecticut. Tiheba holds degrees in Psychology and Women and Criminal Justice and is an alumni of the Justice-in-Education Scholar program at the Heyman Center for Humanities at Columbia University. She was released from federal prison in 2011.
Charlotte Garnes is the formerly incarcerated founder and executive director of ReNForce, a nonprofit organization that administers tailored training and coaching to businesses and organizations that are looking to employ justice-involved individuals within their workforce. She received her undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA, and her Master of Arts in Counseling from Webster University in Columbia, SC. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, writing, and motivating others to be their best selves!
Willard Jimerson Jr. is a prominent youth advocate, crime interventionist, and a race relation strategist working throughout Seattle and South King County. As a Program Manager at the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, he oversees the national model of Credible Messengers called GROOM which stands for Gifted Regardless Of Oppressive Methods. Will was tried as an adult at 13 and served 20 years in prison.
Zak Kinneman is a founding board member of WNW. He is a business owner, an entrepreneur, and a former attorney. He is open about his incarceration and works hard to bring his voice and experience into advocating for the end of mass incarceration. Zak served four years in Washington state prisons and was released in 2007.
Jacqueline is senior Digital Strategist at Gates Ventures in Kirkland, WA. She graduated from the University of Florida and earned her MSc in Global Media and Communication from the London School of Economics. Jacqueline worked at Nike’s global HQ in Beaverton and as a digital brand lead in their Western European headquarters before returning to Portland in 2016 to join the Asia Pacific / Latin America team.
Don Sutton is our board treasurer. He has had a full and productive software career, working with numerous technologies and employers all around Seattle. He began hatching plans for a second career when he taught in the Monroe prisons with Unloop, and started volunteering with The Freedom Project. Currently he helps place formerly incarcerated individuals in tech positions, and teaches Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness classes. Don has a dog named Eji, yes after the Equal Justice Initiative.
Alyssa fell in love with Washington when she moved from Idaho to attend Pacific Lutheran University and has lived in Tacoma ever since.