Holly Morris, JD, MEd
Holly Morris, JD, MEd is graduate of Northwestern University (BA Political Science), University of Washington (MEd (Policy) and University of California at Berkeley (JD). At UC Berkeley, she was an Associate Editor of the California Law Review, and president of the class of 1992. Ms. Morris began her legal career with McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen in San Francisco, CA working primarily in the environmental litigation group and contributing to the firm’s award-winning pro bono class action suit on behalf of prisoners needing mental health supports.
Ms. Morris joined the major crimes unit of the Office of the United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington in 1995 and served as a trial lawyer representing the government in a variety of federal criminal prosecutions, including U.S. v. Strandberg, which pioneered a novel approach to calculating environmental harm that resulted in the highest fine in a timber theft case at the time.
Ms. Morris left the practice of law and pursued several paths – coaching, organizational consulting and a Master’s degree in Education -- which culminated in jobs with EDUCAUSE and the Washington State Charter Schools Association, and the development of a wide-ranging consulting practice, Summit Strategies. Like her father, Ms. Morris is an entrepreneur and is currently engaged in the founding of Global Voice Community a platform and community to improve the educational experience for multi-lingual learners and their teachers.
She also devotes a substantial amount of time and energy to serving schools in current home, Seattle in a variety of capacities, including Board Chair of the Why Not You Academy.
She and her partner, Tim Helming live in Seattle, WA with their blended family of three teenagers.