What Is Schools First?

Schools First is the campaign organization that works to help pass Seattle Public Schools levies. It’s a grassroots, citizen-based organization founded in 1995. Our primary mission is to inform voters about upcoming school levies and to direct efforts toward ensuring their passage. Schools First comprises a volunteer Board of Directors who work together to meet the mission of Schools First.

Ongoing Public School Support

As a permanent political organization, we are a unique voice for encouraging support for local levy funding of our Seattle Public Schools. Our continued existence demonstrates the commitment of citizens who care about our public schools and are dedicated to providing information to Seattle voters when considering levy ballot measures.


Schools First receives its funding from private corporate donors, school parent teacher organizations and individuals in the community concerned with the quality and success of all Seattle public schools.

Executive Committee

Jake Ewart, President
Vice President (open position)
Melissa Pailthorp, Past President
Sherry Carr, Secretary
Cassandra Johnston, Treasurer
Lesley Rogers, At Large
At Large (open position)