Social Entrepreneur


Thought Leader



Advocate for Children

Trish Dziko spent the first 15 years of her career working in the high tech industry as a software developer, manager and consultant as well as a database designer in such industries as military weapons, business systems, communications, and medical equipment.  She worked in large (Computer Sciences Corporation, Hughes Aircraft Company, Microsoft) and small (Fortune Systems, Telecalc) companies.  No matter where she worked, she was always one of a handful (and sometimes the only one) of African Americans working in her department. Recognizing the emergence of the technology industry and the lack of access for people of color to become players in the industry, Trish left the field in 1996 and entered the nonprofit industry by starting TAF (Technology Access Foundation). Since then, Trish has led TAF into a leader in providing a STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Math) underserved students in our public school system.  She also led TAF in creating the only public school (TAF Academy) in Washington State comanaged by a nonprofit and a school district.

Trish is considered a visionary and thought leader in the world of public education reform and providing STEM education to underserved students. She has a wealth of experience in building organizations, managing teams, mentoring young professionals and students, planning and program management.


STEM Education
K-12 Education


Over the last 20 years, Trish has been a sought after speaker particularly in areas concerning public education reform, STEM education and diversity in STEM fields.  In addition, Trish has led small sessions with managers and executives, drawing on her experience in both the tech and nonprofit industries.

Trish’s speeches, which are primarily based on her own experiences, the people who inspire her and the practical outcomes of education policy, are known to be authentic and motivational. To request Trish to speak at your event or to your team, please complete the contact form.

Public Education

Trish speaks on the current state of public education, what it takes to improve public education and what TAF  and others are doing to change public education for underserved students.  In addition, Trish speaks on the role of charter schools in the K-12 education ecosystem.

Diversity in STEM

Diversity took center stage in the 20th century, now inclusion is taking center stage in the 21st century. Trish specifically speaks on increasing the number of underrepresented minorities (African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans) in STEM fields and the need to conflate the efforts for women in STEM and underrepresented women.


Below are a few noted speaking engagements.  To request Trish to speak at your event or to your team, please complete the contact form.



WTIA FullConTech
Seattle 2035
New Schools Venture Fund Summit
City Club
KCTS Future of Seattle
KCTS Human Side of Big Data
Black in Seattle Forum


F5 Women in Management
F5 Executive Teams


Over the last 10 or so years, folks have been encouraging (and sometimes insisting) me to write a book.  What I’ve done instead is strategically author Facebook posts. Now I’ve decided to post to my own blog so everything can be in one place.  I will cover issues from education, societal issues, leadership and the nonprofit sector. A lot of what I write is based on my personal experience, research and the viewpoints of people I respect. By all means, please engage by posting comments–whether you agree with me or not.

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Trish has had the honor of having permanent exhibits about her contributions at the Charles Wright Museum in Detroit and the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle.

In 2001 Trish received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Seattle University.

Since 2013, Trish has been studying the national education ecosystem as a Pahara Fellow at the Aspen Institute and developing ways to enable public education to benefit the students it currently underserves–students of color.

Boards and Commissions

Washington State Charter Schools Commission since 2013
Seattle Center Commission 2008-2012
Washington State STEM Workgroup 2010
Washington State Digital Learning Department Advisory Committee 2009-2012
Co-chair Washington State House Bill 2722 Committee 2008
Seattle Center’s Century 21 Committee 2007-2008
Co-chair, Seattle Public Schools Community Advisory Committee on Investing in Educational Excellence 2005
Washington State Commission on African American Affairs 1996-1998
Washington Technology Industry Alliance Board 2015
Co-chair South King County STEM Network 2012-2014
Martinez Foundation 2011-2013
Greater Seattle Chapter of the Links Inc. since 2007
League of Education Voters 2009-2011
Washington Digital Learning Commons 2003-2010


US News 100 Women Leaders in STEM – 2012
Microsoft Alumni Foundation Integral Fellows – 2009
Puget Sound Business Journal Women of Influence – 2007
Greater Seattle Business Association Community Leadership – 2005
NCAA Silver Anniversary Award 2004
Forum of Women Entrepreneurs 2003 Entrepreneur of the Year
Loren Miller Bar Association 2001 – Community Service
Parenting Magazine Community Leadership – 1999
National Society of Black Engineers 1999 – Golden Torch Awards
YWCA Dorothy I Height Racial Justice Award 1999
Arthur Ashe Athletic Association Leadership 1998 Award – Supporting youth
Madam CJ Walker Spirit Award 1998 – Community Service
MOBE IT Award – Influencer and Innovator of the Internet & Technology 1998
Conference on Black Philanthropy – African American History Calendar 1998


These are a few books that have helped shape per professionally and personally.  I hope you enjoy these books as much as I have.


  • Education of Blacks in the South, 1860-1935 — by James Anderson

  • No Struggle No Progress: A Warrior s Life from Black Power to Education Reform — by Howard Fuller

  • Silent Covenants — by Derrick Bell

  • The Mis-education of the Negro — by Carter G. Woodson

  • Teaching as a Subversive Activity — by Neil Postman and Charles Weingartner


  • David and Goliath — by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Good to Great — by Jim Collins
  • The Hidden Power of Social Networks — by Robert L. Cross

Our Society

  • Whistling Vivaldi — by Claude Steel
  • The New Jim Crow — by Michelle Alexander
  • Radical Equations — by Bob Moses