Meet Director Leah Bowen
Leah has been a Kent resident for a culmination of 28 years. Her and her three children, ages 6, 7 and 17, have lived in the Panther Lake/East Hill area for the past seven years.
Leah has been an advocate for early learning programs such as ECEAP and Head Start since she served as an elementary reading and special education paraprofessional in Kansas. She has been serving on the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) Parent Policy Council and Leadership Team for the last three years as the ECEAP vice co-chair, secretary, and now ECEAP co-chair.
She regularly collaborates with the Kent Youth and Family Services (KYFS) early learning program and was the keynote speaker at their annual fundraiser in 2019. She has also been invited to work with KYFS at the Gates Foundation Math Roadmaps Training as a parent representative for the last two years.
In her current role as an early learning connector with King County Housing Authority (KCHA), Leah engages families who have children ages 0-5 years old in activities designed to increase access to early learning services.
In addition, Leah has been a community advocate for KCHA’s Cascade Homes, and active volunteer at Springbrook Elementary.
For the last three years, she has continued her education around racial equity, bridging the achievement gap and dismantling white supremacy culture with the Puget Sound ESD.
- Elected from District 1 in November 2019.
- Term expires in November 2023.