Summer Youth Staff

Leslie Rome-Nagata, Director of the UW Summer Youth Program, holds a Master's in Education degree with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction from Northeastern University. She is a certified teacher with 20+ years of experiencing helping non-profits such as KCTS Public Television and Seattle's Children's Museum extend the reach of their resources to the K-12 community. As director of the UW Summer Youth Program, Leslie strives to create a community where children and teens can explore new interests, take risks, and develop in a warm and inclusive atmosphere. The Summer Youth Program continues to grow under Leslie's leadership, currently serving more than 1400 students each summer.

Chad Hammond, Program Administrator for the UW Summer Youth Program, has a degree from Eastern Washington University, as well as certifications in Early Childhood Education. In his role as program administrator, Chad is responsible for the operational needs associated with the program. Chad has worked as director of programming and operations for i9 Sports/Puget Sound and as branch director of a Boys & Girls Club in Spokane. Chad brings to the Program, 16 years of youth development experience. An avid Husky fan, Chad has only missed one home game since 1998.

Our innovative instructors, experienced coordinators, and responsible counselors strive to create a memorable summer for students. The staff and instructors for Summer Youth Programs are our biggest assets – bringing specialized skills, enthusiasm and creativity. Each summer, we hire experienced coordinators who specialize in camp management and recreational leadership skills.

Our Instructors are teachers who work in public or private schools from the greater Seattle area. We also hire UW-affiliated faculty and students who bring subject-area expertise.

Program counselors are often UW undergraduate or graduate students who have experience working with young students.

All counselors and senior staff are CPR and First Aid certified.

UW Human Resources runs comprehensive criminal conviction checks on Summer Youth Program staff.