Zakiyyah Cordell is an avid community leader with a passion for children and education. As a Pierce County Arts Commissioner, Zakiyyah, seeks to improve our community through the arts and education. She is driven to ensure access to high quality public education for those with disabilities and works tirelessly to advocate for children with Autism. Her experience offers unique perspectives on how to engage children with communication barriers through play and other interactive methods. She takes an active role in her community as a volunteer, humanitarian, and advocate and brings sage wisdom to each board she sits on.
Fellow - Foundation for Early Learning Fellow, Executive Leadership & Management 2011 – 2012 Leadership in Early Childhood Education Activities and Societies: STEM Outreach and Education Behavior Intervention in Autism Teaching through Play
Cosumnes River CollegeAA, Early Childhood Education 1998 – 2005 Early Childhood Education
Behavior Specialist Autism Spectrum Therapies Privately Held; 501-1000 employees; Individual & Family Services industry October 2013 – Present (8 months) Greater Seattle Area
Implement ABA style teaching methods to improve the lives of families and children on the spectrum.
Commissioner Pierce County Arts Commission Government Agency; 501-1000 employees; Government Administration industry October 2011 – Present (2 years 8 months) Pierce County WA
The Pierce County Arts Commission was formed in 1985 to serve as a volunteer advisory group to Pierce County government. The Commission is comprised of up to thirteen members appointed for their interest, experience, and support of the arts.
Commissioners are appointed by the Executive and confirmed by the County Council for three-year terms. Each council district is represented by one commissioner and six commissioners serve at-large.
Special Projects Research Associate Metro Parks Tacoma Government Agency; 201-500 employees; Recreational Facilities and Services industry June 2007 – August 2012 (5 years 3 months) Metro Parks Tacoma
Collect, manage, and analyze data sets for over 4000 surveys. Advanced experience with Excel and Survey Monkey software. Prepare and present market research findings to improve operations and maintenance for parks district.
Member Chick Chat South Sound 2012 – 2012 (less than a year)
Networking and community service
Administrative Assistant The Evergreen State College Educational Institution; 501-1000 employees; Higher Education industry August 2009 – February 2011 (1 year 7 months)
Managed state regulated contracts, both purchasing and service related. Scheduled, coordinated and managed three building calendars, eight work study students and five volunteer groups. Worked closely with not-for-profit organizations to organize events on the Tacoma Campus. Politely and effectively field calls and questions regarding building usage, student employment, program budget and policies. Managed travel logistics faculty and staff. Co-created and managed campus fundraising events. Answered email and phone messages promptly and accurately. Managed program budgets. Maintained informational databases. Meet and greeted the public and provided conference services and connections to community resources as needed. Organized and filed time-sensitive and confidential documents. Reviewed and ensured program compliance with state and grant regulations. Trained volunteers, work-study students and staff. Entrusted with sensitive human resource documents, payroll and contracts, maintained detailed personnel files on work-study, temporary and classified staff members. Proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Mozilla Firefox.
Program Director YMCA Nonprofit; 10,001+ employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry August 2005 – August 2008 (3 years 1 month)
Collaborated with a parent advisory group to create summer program curriculum based on individual student interests. Coordinated and developed an internship with outside organizations based on the Puyallup SD graduation requirements. Created and distributed the Young Multicultural Achiever’s Program’s first two scholarships; Boost and Senior Achiever’s. Awarded scholarships totaling $3500. The selection criterion was based on the child’s ability to illustrate the core values of the YMCA in their daily lives. Created summer internship and job shadow opportunities for students with Pierce County’s Chambers Bay, REI, City of Tacoma, Fire Department, Seattle Mariners, and the Museum of Glass. Evaluated the staff and program for quality of the services provided. Recruited and trained staff and volunteers. Managed program budget. Established and maintained relationships with parents, students, and staff and facility manager.
Behavior Intervention in Autism
Functional Analysis and the Treatment of Challenging Behaviors