This role is personal for Washell, whose family immigrated to the United States from Cuba when she was 3 years old. As a child in Chicago, she was involved in Head Start, a federal program for early childhood education, health and nutrition for low-income children and their families.
“This is really close to my heart,” Washell said. “I know firsthand the way those programs helped my development.”
Outside of her job, Washell takes part in community outreach to develop literacy in Latinx children.