Doreen Alhadeff was born in Seattle to Sephardic parents. Her grandmother was the first Sephardic woman to arrive in Seattle and helped settle many Sephardic Jews when they arrived in the city. Doreen, who speaks Spanish and understands Ladino, graduated from the University of Washington and spent one year of college at the University of Madrid – Cursos para Extranjeros and one year at New York University in Madrid. In Seattle, Doreen sells residential real estate and owned her own real estate company for 15 years. She is now a managing broker with Compass Real Estate. She lives In the Queen Anne neighborhood with her husband, Joseph Alhadeff. Doreen has served on many boards in the Greater Seattle area including Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Jewish Family Service, Hillel at the University of Washington, and is currently serving on the board of the Isaac N Alhadeff Foundation.