Degrees of Change is home to the Act Six Central Office and licenses the Act Six program materials to local community affiliates and partner colleges who run locally owned Act Six initiatives in their communities. Behind the scenes, the Central Office provides extensive training, coordination, logistical and technology support, technical assistance, and evaluation services to help our partners deliver the highest quality programs.
Degrees of Change works with interested stakeholders in communities across the country to develop new Act Six partnerships, guided by a strategic plan to scale the reach and impact of the program. We also work with a wide range of organizations to develop innovative new program expressions that leverage and expand the reach of the Act Six model.
Act Six is at the core of the Degrees of Change mission to help communities and colleges equip students to learn together through college and lead together back home.
Alyson earned a bachelors degree in Education from Whitworth University. She is an Act Six alum and after graduating, she worked as the Act Six Site Director in Spokane, WA before relocating back to Tacoma with her family. Alyson has a passion for working with students and helping them reach their potential. After a few months of transition, she rejoined the Degrees of Change staff as the Administrator.
Trained as a political scientist focused on education politics and direct democracy in Latin America, Kelly returned home to WA in 2010 to give back to her local community. She taught courses in research methods and social justice at Seattle University before serving as Senior Research and Evaluation Officer at the College Success Foundation. She holds a doctorate in Political Science from Brown University.
Francis is an Act Six alum from the third cadre at Gonzaga University, where she completed a dual Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice and Sociology. Working as the Communication Specialist, she helps with programmatic communications through our social media network. She is also the Act Six Program Supervisor for Spokane.
As an urban high school math teacher in Tacoma, WA, Tim developed the Act Six initiative in 2002 at Northwest Leadership Foundation to help his students succeed in college and return to lead in Tacoma. He now guides Degrees of Change as we work to expand and share the success of Act Six. He holds a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership and Policy from the University of Washington.
Naticcia McNamara is a first generation college student and Act Six alum from Whitworth, where she earned a bachelors degree in Sociology. Passionate about social justice and educational equity for marginalized communities, she taught second grade in Southern New Mexico for Teach For America before returning to the Northwest to join the Act Six team, where she provides programmatic support for the Act Six network.
1109 A St Ste 101
Tacoma, WA 98402
Act Six Central Office
Degrees of Change
PO Box 1573
Tacoma, WA 98401
Act Six is a leadership and scholarship program that connects local faith-based community affiliates with faith- and social justice-based colleges to equip emerging urban and community leaders to engage the college campus and their communities at home.