League of Education Voters (LEV)




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Budget (2019):

Revenue: $345,095
Expenses: $313,124
Assets: $131,988


School funding advocacy




Lauri Hennessey

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The League of Education Voters (LEV) is a left-of-center political advocacy organization founded in September 2001 based in Seattle, Washington. 1 Its charitable affiliate is the LEV Foundation and its PAC affiliate is the Education Voters Political Action Fund.

Its stated aims include advocacy for increasing the quality of public education in Washington state as well as various critical race theory-aligned “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” objectives, such as increasing the proportion of minority teachers in the Washington state public school system. 2


On July 28, 2020, the League of Education Voters hosted a book discussion with Jennifer Harvey, author of Raising White Kids: Bringing up Children in a Racially Unjust America. According to a report of the event, Harvey advised, among other things, that “colorblindness” is “a kind of aggression”; that no child is “too young” to talk about race; and that adults should help children “take action” by, for instance, attending protests or placing signs on their houses. 3

In May 2021, Washington state enacted the Fair Start for Kids Act. The bill provides for increased funding for childcare programs, building on the state’s existing Working Connections program, which offers subsidized childcare to poor families. LEV hosted a webinar in support of the bill, featuring the president of the Washington Child Care Centers Association, Luc Jasmin III, touting raises given to her staff. 4

In March 2022, after the Washington legislature dedicated more than $600 million over three years to hiring initiatives for public school counselors, nurses, social workers, and psychologists, Jake Vela, director of policy for the League of Education Voters, called the legislation insufficient, admonishing the legislature for distributing funding equally among school districts. 5


Lauri Hennessey is the chief executive officer of the League of Education Voters. Prior to joining LEV, she was vice president for engagement at the Woodland Park Zoo as well as the director of public affairs in the northwest for Edelman, a public relations firm. At Edelman, Hennessey’s clients included the University of Washington and the Bezos Family Foundation. Additionally, Hennessey has held positions at Community Schools Collaboration, the YMCA of Greater Seattle, the Municipal League of King County, and KIRO Radio in Seattle. 6

Hennessey sits on the boards of or has been involved with the Seattle Chamber, Seattle Rotary, the Western Washington University Journalism School, and the Washington state chapter of the National Women’s Political Caucus. Previously, Hennessey sat on the boards of Treehouse, Mary’s Place, Thrive Washington, Southwest Youth and Family Services, and the Seattle Men’s and Women’s Choruses. 7

Tony Byrd is the chair of the League of Education Voters and the executive director of the Washington state region of Teach for America. Previously, Byrd was principal and assistant superintendent at Edmonds Public Schools, and a sixth grade teacher (in the Teach for America Corps) in Pasadena, California. 8


  1. League of Education Voters. Return of an Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). 2019.
  2.  “About Us.” League of Education Voters. Archived from the original February 20, 2022. Accessed May 3, 2022.
  3. Poe Russel, Angela. “‘Raising White Kids’ author shares tips for talking to children about racism.” NBC King 5. July 28, 2020. Accessed April 25, 2022.
  4.  Retka, Janelle. “A new child care law means big changes for families and kids in Washington. But it doesn’t come without objections.” Yakima Herald. May 18, 2021. Accessed April 25, 2022.
  5. Bazaaz, Dahlia. “More counselors, nurses for WA schools after Legislature increases funding.” Seattle Times. March 16, 2022. Accessed April 25, 2022.
  6. “Staff and Board.” League of Education Voters. Archived from the original March 2, 2022 Accessed May 3, 2022.
  7. “Staff and Board.” League of Education Voters. Archived from the original March 2, 2022 Accessed May 3, 2022.
  8. “Staff and Board.” League of Education Voters. Archived from the original March 2, 2022 Accessed May 3, 2022.

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Nick Hanauer
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: September 1, 2001

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2019 Dec Form 990 $345,095 $313,124 $131,988 $45,387 N $345,095 $0 $0 $17,612 PDF
    2018 Dec Form 990 $310,610 $308,765 $110,901 $56,271 N $310,610 $0 $0 $29,402 PDF
    2017 Dec Form 990 $211,653 $297,402 $145,626 $92,841 N $211,000 $0 $0 $19,761 PDF
    2016 Dec Form 990 $261,140 $244,210 $223,292 $84,758 N $260,000 $1,140 $0 $30,924
    2015 Dec Form 990 $427,550 $282,551 $209,400 $87,796 N $427,550 $0 $0 $34,291 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $357,125 $377,134 $45,966 $69,361 N $357,125 $0 $0 $33,035 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $312,000 $327,996 $58,759 $62,145 N $312,000 $0 $0 $28,985 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $333,750 $311,986 $55,995 $43,385 N $333,750 $0 $0 $135,904 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $219,000 $260,341 $33,601 $42,755 N $219,000 $0 $0 $28,975 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    League of Education Voters (LEV)

    SEATTLE, WA 98109-1916