The Ambassador Board (A-Board) exists to provide direct volunteer support, advocacy, and fundraising to assist Friends of the Children in fulfilling its mission to impact generational change by empowering youth who are facing the greatest obstacles through relationships with professional mentors- 12+ years, no matter what.

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Ambassador Board

Kristina Pressentin (she/her)

Chair

Amazon

Gabe Guarente (he/him)

Eater Seattle

Analisa Joos

Tristan Krause (he/him)

Qualtrics

Tristan Krause (he/him)

Qualtrics

Tristan was first introduced to Friends by his wife through her company's support of the Why Not You Foundation. Since getting involved with Friends, he has hosted Career Path Program events with my employer. Tristan's goal is to reduce barriers to successful careers for young people who do not have the same privileges and opportunities that he has had.

Tristan is a Product Manager for Qualtrics. He studied finance and entrepreneurship at the University of Washington. He loves outdoor sports (backcountry skiing, backpacking, mountaineering), though now as the father of a young child, he has scaled those hobbies back to something safer and based at home - woodworking is the latest!

Justina Lee

Amazon

Makenzie Powelson (she/her)

Amazon

Makenzie Powelson (she/her)

Amazon

Makenzie is an Executive Assistant for Talent Acquisition at Amazon. She attended Portland State University and received a B.S. in Community Health Education. Growing up in Portland, her parents shared their passion for Friends of the Children with her. When she moved to Seattle and learned about the Ambassador Board, she knew it would be an amazing way to continue to support Friends in her new town.

Makenzie has a goldendoodle named Remi. Being near or on the water is her favorite way to recharge.

Estelle Thyer

Swift Group

Estelle Thyer

Swift Group

Estelle Thyer is an Event Producer at Swift Group for Microsoft, with a background in event planning for the arts, consumer brands, tech, and philanthropic causes.

Estelle was born and raised in Seattle before moving to the east coast, and recently relocated back to the Pacific Northwest. During the pandemic, Estelle became acutely aware of the challenges her hometown was facing in terms of economic and social inequality, including access to educational and healthcare resources, which led her to Friends of the Children. Estelle became involved with Friends through her family, who are also supporters of the organization and have chaired previous fundraising events. Estelle recently joined the Ambassador Board at the beginning of 2022, and is a member of the Events Committee for friends, assisting with planning various awareness and outreach initiatives that Friends of the Children is hosting for the Seattle community.

Estelle attended New York University and graduated Cum Laude in 2013 with a degree in Marketing, specializing in Communications, Ethics, and Modern PR. She is now pursuing her Masters Degree at the University of Washington in their Communication Leadership program, emphasizing in Communities and Networks, and is expected to graduate in May 2023.

Karin Zimmer (she/her)

REI