Adult Ambassadors

Win the unique opportunity to collaborate with an Adult Ambassador and execute your community initiatives 


Community Engagement

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Jackie Bui

Jackie Bui is Youth Eastside Services’ Director of Community Services and Inclusion. She holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Washington, where she concentrated in Children, Youth and Families. She is a certified Child Mental Health Specialist and Ethnic Minority Mental Health Specialist for Latino and Asian Pacific Islander populations. She has worked in the Youth Eastside Services (YES) - school-based/community-based services settings for 20+ years, focusing on education and prevention areas and clinical work specialized in evidence-based training such as CBT/TF-CBT. She operates from a strength-based empowerment model, client-centered, community-building, and cultural sensitivity. She is bicultural and bilingual, Vietnamese.

Nicholas Merriam

Nicholas Merriam is the Founding CEO of - a tech industry nonprofit - where he works extensively with tech companies and workers to build collaborative partnerships with local nonprofits and governments. He is a seasoned leader with global strategy and operating experience and expertise in building partnerships, engaging stakeholders, and delivering innovative solutions to global and local community challenges. Nick's background includes working for the Global Impact Hub, Vittana, Building Changes, a local venture capitalist, and Philanthropy Northwest. A Seattle area native, Nick graduated from Seattle University with a Bachelor in Social Work and from Pepperdine with an MBA.


Civic Leadership

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Lynne Robinson 

Lynne Robinson currently serves as the Mayor for the City of Bellevue. She joined the City Council in 2014, and she has a long history of civic involvement. She is a champion for startups and small businesses and has encouraged startup and equity crowdfunding workshops at City Hall. Her colleagues voted her mayor in January 2020, after she previously served a term as deputy mayor. Lynne also advocates for the environment, parks and open spaces, human services, and affordable housing in Bellevue. She represents the council on the Eastside Human Services Forum Executive Board, King County Cities Climate Collaboration, and the King County Mental Illness and Drug Disability Oversight Committee. She is council liaison to the Disability Board. Before her election to the council, Lynne served on and chaired the Bellevue Network on Aging and the Parks & Community Services Board.

Jeremy Barksdale

Jeremy Barksdale is a Bellevue City Councilmember and a User Experience Researcher at Unity, a company in downtown Bellevue that develops a platform for building games and extended reality environments. Jeremy has worked in the tech industry for much of his career. He uses his skills to promote equity, community engagement, and improvements in the city's services. Jeremy served on the City's Planning Commission prior to City Council. He earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science (with a concentration in HCI) and a master’s in Public Administration from Virginia Tech. Jeremy earned a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Production with a minor in Business Administration and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science with a concentration in software engineering from North Carolina A&T State University.

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Technology & Innovation


Vladimir Bulović

Vladimir Bulović is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, holding the Fariborz Maseeh Chair in Emerging Technology. He directs the Organic and Nanostructured Electronics Laboratory, co-leads the MIT-Eni Solar Frontiers Center, leads the Tata GridEdge program, and is the Founding Director of MIT.nano, MIT's new nano-fabrication, nano-characterization, and prototyping facility. He is an author of over 250 research articles (cited over 50,000 times and recognized as the top 1% of the most highly cited in the Web of Science). He is an inventor of over 120 U.S. patents in areas of light-emitting diodes, lasers, photovoltaics, photodetectors, chemical sensors, programmable memories, and micro-electro machines, majority of which have been licensed and utilized by both start-up and multinational companies.

Rutuja Jadhav

Rutuja Jadhav pursued her master's in Technology Innovation - data science from the University of Washington and Tsinghua University's joint venture, Global Innovation Exchange. She currently works as a machine learning engineer for Microsoft and is passionate about building AI products for addressing real-world problems. Besides being a tech enthusiast, she believes in contributing towards reducing the gender gap in tech and has worked on initiatives in the US and India.

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