Doreen Alhadeff was born in Seattle to Sephardic parents. Her grandmother was the first Sephardic woman in Seattle and helped settle 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. Doreen sells residential real estate as a broker and owned her own real estate company for 15 years. She is now managing broker at Gerrard Beattie & Knapp Realtors, with an office on Queen Anne Hill, where she lives with her husband, Joseph Alhadeff. Doreen has served on the board of Jewish Family Service for six years. She is also a board member at the Isaac Alhadeff Foundation, Hillel at the University of Washington, and the the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.