Celeste directs the Institute for Youth Success, Education Northwest’s regional center devoted to youth development and out-of-school time. She focuses on youth development, social and emotional learning, equity, trauma-informed care, mentoring, continuous improvement, and facilitation. Earlier in her career, Celeste was executive director of Oregon Mentors, which merged with Education Northwest and became the Institute for Youth Success. She also ran pediatric oncology camps in Montana and worked in fundraising at a national breast cancer organization. Celeste studied education and city planning at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Ladder to Leadership Program and a positive discipline parent educator.
I believe that young people win when schools are deeply connected to community-based youth-serving nonprofits.