Two longtime leaders in the educational field have new roles at Education Northwest. Olga Vargas, formerly of Texas Instruments, has joined the organization as Director of Communications & Marketing. Mike Siebersma, previously Deputy Director of the Northwest Comprehensive Center (NWCC) at Education Northwest, has been elevated to NWCC Director.
Vargas brings to her position a proven track record in business and product development, strategic planning, marketing, communications, and brand management. She most recently served as Business and Marketing Director for Texas Instruments’ Education Technology Division in Latin America and previously managed the corporation’s U.S. business opportunities and state policies. Vargas, who was based in Dallas, TX, also has experience in government relations and advertising.
“It is rare to find an individual who combines extensive experience in communications and marketing with a deep content knowledge in areas such as Common Core State Standards, math and science education, and a passion for improving education for all students,” said Education Northwest Chief Executive Officer Steve Fleischman. “We are thrilled to have Olga join us, since she is that rare individual.”
Since joining Education Northwest in 2012, Siebersma has served as Deputy Director of the Center for Strengthening Education Systems, working with state education agencies (SEAs) across Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. As the NWCC head, Siebersma will continue to provide training and technical assistance to SEAs in support of key initiatives such as educator effectiveness, school improvement, and Common Core State Standards implementation. He takes over that position from Danette Parsley, who was recently promoted to Chief Program Officer at Education Northwest.
“I know that Mike is going to have great success in this new role,” said Parsley of her successor. “He is a thoughtful, highly talented, and principled leader who actively cultivates the type of collaborative relationships needed to conduct this very complex and important work.”