From the Gates Foundation website:
Date: October 2013
Purpose: to build capacity for a state-wide public charter school support organization in Washington State
Regions Served: GLOBAL|NORTH AMERICA
Program: United States
Grantee Location: Seattle, Washington
So let's review.
Lisa Macfarlane co-founded the League of Education Voters. She now works as the Washington State Director of DFER (Democrats for Education Reform). (Their advisory committee membership is telling: Chris Eide, Dan Grimm, Erin Kahn, Robin Lake, Steve Sundquist and Megan Wyatt. It's kind of funny how these people all serve on each others' boards.)
Chris Korsmo is CEO of LEV but also a Board member of the Washington State Charter Schools Association. Mary Beth Lambert who is the press person for LEV is also the press person for the Washington State Charter Schools Assn.
LEV is evolved just as the Alliance for Education has - in less of a cheerleading role for public education to more of a hard-nosed ed reform agenda. While they have several items on their agenda, it looks like more of their work leans towards charters. LEV was one of the lead plaintiffs on the McCleary case and bless them for that. But their work is all over the place and it's hard to pin down what it is they are truly doing.
And, it looks like the Gates Foundation (and their money) is driving that work.