Board & Staff


Ann Medlock is the Project's founder and its Executive Director. She writes most of the Project's website and all of the monthly Heads Up e-zines. She created the Project's Stan Tall & Bea Tall characters for the very young, and wrote the K-2 curriculum, the Giraffe Heroes Training Kit, and much of Voices of Hope. See Board above.

John Graham is the Project's Director of Operations and its principal speaker/workshop leader. He was a US diplomat for 15 years, where his assignments included revolutionary Libya, Viet Nam, NATO, the US Mission to the UN and a stint as foreign policy advisor to Senator John Glenn. Since leaving the Foreign Service in 1980, he has lectured and led seminars worldwide, helping individuals, organizations and communities successfully tackle the challenges of risk and change. He joined the Giraffe Heroes Project staff in 1983. His degrees are from Harvard and Stanford, and his mountain climbing credits include the first ascent of the north wall of Mt. McKinley, a climb that’s never been repeated. He is the author of Outdoor Leadership, It’s Up to Us, Stick Your Neck Out and Sit Down Young Stranger.


Aaron Davis (Chair) is a Convention Services Manager for Visit Seattle, the official destination-marketing organization for Seattle and King County. Davis serves as a liaison for conference organizers, enhancing the employment opportunities and economic prosperity for the region. He graduated from Central Michigan University in 2003 with a BS in Industrial Technology and Management. While at Central Michigan, he became very involved in civic engagement and helped coordinate and participate in one of the nation’s largest Alternative Spring Break Volunteer Programs.

Jayasri Ghosh (Secretary) is the Head of Bright Water School, a PreK-8 Waldorf School on Capitol Hill in Seattle. The former Head of School at the Annie Wright School in Tacoma, Washington and at the Seattle Country Day School, Dr. Ghosh holds a PhD in Educational Psychology and Gifted Education.

Malory Graham (Treasurer) holds a sixth-degree black belt in the martial art of Aikido and is the chief instructor of her own dojo, Seattle Aikikai where she teaches both aikido and yoga. Previously she founded and ran the nonprofit Reel Grrls, an after-school media & technology training program that empowers girls to critique media images and to gain media technology skills. Her video company, Small Planet Productions, produced 'Holding up Half the Sky: A video portrait of women aikido instructors. She has contributed her video skills to Giraffe, creating a film of kids doing Giraffe actions.

Ann Medlock is Founder and Executive Director of the Giraffe Heroes Project. Her background includes editing Viet Nam Presse in Saigon; chairing the Children’s Cultural Foundation in New York; freelance writing for magazines and corporations, and media consulting for Western Union, AT&T, and the US Maritime Administration. She has been editor-in-chief of Children’s Express, a curriculum developer at Macmillan and Science Research Associates, and speechwriter to the Aga Khan. Medlock is active on Facebook and blogs for the Huffington Post. She earned a magna cum laude in English from the University of Maryland, and has published a novel and a book of poetry.

Pat Wright