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Spady, Fawn and Jim

Founders, Education Excellence Coalition


Fawn Spady is founder of the public affairs, marketing and media strategy consulting firm, Creative Empowerment, Inc. Her almost 30-year career in business marketing, promotion and public affairs initiatives has earned her national awards and recognition.

As marketing director for Daniel Smith Fine Art Supplies in the early 1990’s, she developed the marketing strategy that established Daniel Smith as the largest fine arts supply catalog in the country. Along with her husband, Jim, who is Vice President for the family’s business, Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants Inc., she has done extensive community outreach and marketing events and promotion. Fawn designed the recent record breaking multi-media and Facebook campaign to announce the first new store in 36 years. The community outreach programs; “Change for Charity,” and “Good Deeds Awards,” and the year-long 40th and 50th Dick’s Anniversary Celebrations have all contributed to Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants being named Seattle Magazine’s “Best Places to Work,” and earned the company a cover story in the Seattle Times Pacific Magazine.

She and her husband founded the Education Excellence Coalition to revitalize public education through legislative reforms based on increasing parental choice and competition. The Spadys ran two statewide initiative campaigns and worked with the State Legislature to improve public education over the past 16 years. Their work was recognized with a “Best Of Education Reform Award” from the Center of Education Reform, a national advocacy group in Washington, DC.

Fawn has served on the advisory board of the Puget Sound USO, Washington News Council, and The Institute for Justice, she helped found Women of Washington. In 2004 she ran for the State Legislature in the 41st District. Fawn is commentator on education and politics, and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Seattle Times, and on all the local television networks and radio stations.
The Spadys have two children.