Mary Alice Heuschel, deputy director for strategy, planning and management on the K-12 Education team, leads operational and strategic planning, budgeting, investment, portfolio, evaluation and data management, and the implementation of foundation-wide business strategies and initiatives.
Prior to joining the foundation in 2014, Mary Alice was chief of staff for Washington Governor Jay Inslee. She also served as superintendent of the Renton School District and as deputy state superintendent at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in Washington. She was previously a principal and an assessment specialist and spent twelve years in the classroom as a teacher in regular and special education in several states, in Europe with the U.S. Department of Defense, and at West Point Military Academy.
Mary Alice is a graduate of Wheelock College in Boston and earned a master’s in special education at Northwestern University, an administrator certification at Central Washington University, and doctorate in educational leadership at Seattle Pacific University in 2004. She has served on a number of non-profit, civic, and professional state, regional, and national organization boards, as well as university professional education/certification advisory boards. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for excellence in education and is a long-standing member of several state and national educational research and leadership associations.