ellen young, executive director

Ellen’s background in small business management coupled with an extensive 15-year career in fashion led her to developing a nonprofit utilizing fashion to benefit foster youth.  Ellen’s entrepreneurial spirit drives the organization to success.  Ellen’s passion to serve other youth came as a child; she grew up in a large extended family with three aunts who modeled selfless love as foster parents opening their homes to children in need. This is a way of life in Ellen’s family. With industry experience and exposure to foster youth since a child herself, she possess a unique awareness to the immediate needs of foster children. With her passion to serve others and of course fashion, taking over the Ruby Room was the perfect fit.


janice jimenez
board president
director of marketing

Janice is the creative solution to a nonprofit’s marketing challenges; she is also a master of organizational skills that serve the F-factor well as the President on the Board of Directors.  Janice has served with the F-factor and Ruby Room since January 2016 and her contributions are astounding, as well as her ability to elevate the operations of the organization.  Janice’s roots are from California where she graduated from California State University-Fullerton. Having a best friend adopt a pair of siblings through the foster system, Janice’s heart strings tugged when hearing about F-factor’s mission and then again when the opportunity to expand their mission with the Ruby Room. 



Brooke is a tech master by day and fashionista on the weekends; she is a founding member of the F-factor and her dedication is second to none.  Brooke grew up in Olympia and studied at Western Washington University. As Director of Programs Brooke is the responsible for planning and supporting the giving platform for which The F-factor operates two programs: Fashion Workshops and Ruby Room’s dress program.  As a loyal member of F-factor for the past eight years she is an asset to both organizations and the youth in our community.



Dr. Meghan Young moved to Seattle in 2016 after completing her fellowship at the University of Minnesota in pediatric hospice and palliative care.  Dr. Young has a strong interest in being involved in the community and enjoys working with children and youth in a setting outside of her medical career.  Dr. Young first became involved in our organization in 2010 as an advisor, more recently she became the Director of Finance in 2017.  Dr. Young is responsible for the financial reporting of our organizations and keeps us on track for budgeting programs and events.  Dr. Young is thrilled to serve The F-factor and Ruby Room in this capacity and is excited to participate in the growth and development of these organizations.


Jaime Larson
Director of Programs

Growing up in Northern Idaho with a family in the retail business Jaime always had a love of clothing.  After graduating from the University of Washington Jaime went to work in the corporate offices of Nordstrom, where she has been for the last decade.  When looking for a way to give back to the community she came upon an article about the Ruby Room and decided to sign up and help for one weekend.   After assisting her first client she knew this was the perfect place to be and three years on she is still volunteering for prom season and loving it.  Jaime is excited and honored to bring her wealth of retail knowledge and customer service to the Ruby Room.