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Executive Directors

Fred Krug

Executive Director at Year Up Puget Sound

As Year Up Puget Sound’s Executive Director, Fred brings more than 20 years of experience serving young adults who find themselves on the wrong side of the Opportunity Divide. From Casey Family Programs to Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, Fred has built programs and partnerships that improve the lives of homeless and former foster youth. In 2012, Fred joined Year Up Puget Sound as Senior Director of Corporate Engagement, developing strong partnerships with Microsoft, Expedia, T-Mobile, and Amazon, among many others, and helping build Year Up’s co-location model with Bellevue College.

Since moving into his role as Executive Director in 2017, Fred has worked to build Year Up Puget Sound’s vision for scaling impact and building Year Up’s presence in our community and within our corporate partners. Fred holds an MSW from Portland State University and a BA in Psychology from Linfield College. When he is not busy serving our young adults, he enjoys time with his two daughters.

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Darryl Smith

Site Leader, Puget Sound Bellevue

National Alumni Association Board

Adriana Ortiz

Customer Success Consultant  at Managemyspa
(Year Up Puget Sound, Class of January 2014)

Adriana (Adi) Ortiz graduated from Year Up Puget Sound, Class of January 2014. She began her career in retail at the age of 16, specifically men’s attire at Eddie Bauer.  She developed customer service skills there and in the specialty financial services industry.  After graduating from West Seattle High School, Adi enrolled at Bellevue College.  After giving birth to her now four-year-old daughter, she opted not to continue at college. While working in retail, Adi found Year Up which she saw as a path to a better career while earning college credit.  She was a strong student there, earning a Core Values award and an internship at Tech Mahindra where she was hired as a Senior Software Test Engineer.  Adi is currently working as a Customer Success Consultant at’s headquarters in Mercer Island, WA, satisfying a diverse customer base of owners and managers of salons, spas and medi-spas around the world.  Adi is an active alumna as a member of both the Local Alumni Board and Site Representative on the National Alumni Association Board.

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