Marissa Jackson
Community Learning Officer

Marissa leads learning and evaluation efforts, ensuring Community Programs’ strategy and decision making is grounded in community perspective, research, and continuous improvement to better support advancing racial and economic equity in Greater Seattle.  Personal Philanthropic Interestsand Passions Marissa comes to Seattle Foundation with a wealth of experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors and a […]

Katie Draude
Senior Operations Manager

Katie guides the development and implementation of efficient processes within the Community Programs team to maximize the team’s efforts toward racial and economic equity.  Personal Philanthropic Interestsand Passions Katie comes to Seattle Foundation with experience working for nonprofits and government agencies in the environmental field. Most recently, Katie served as a program manager for NatureBridge, […]

Aileen Balahadia
Neighbor to Neighbor Consultant

Aileen manages the Seattle Foundation’s grassroots grantmaking program Neighbor to Neighbor, which invests in and partners with community members affected by poverty and racial disparities to increase their engagement, power and influence. Aileen is a Northwest native who lives with her family in Southeast Seattle. A 20-year practitioner in community development, she has worked on […]

Asia Tail
Program Officer

Asia works with Seattle Foundation’s Community Programs team to empower communities of color through funding and collective learning opportunities. Personal Philanthropic Interestsand Passions Asia Tail is an artist, curator, and community organizer based in Tukwila, Washington. Asia graduated from the Cooper Union School of Art in 2014. She was the recipient of the first Vadon […]

Vanesa Gutierrez
Program Officer

Vanesa drives investments into historically excluded communities to catalyze community impact and advance racial and economic equity. Personal Philanthropic Interestsand Passions Vanesa Gutierrez has a varied professional background from working on television to leadership roles in international non-profits, community-based organizations, and local government. Vanesa interned at NGO CSW/NY, a non-profit that supports the work of the […]

Sophia Lopez
Operations Lead, Community Programs

Sophia supports the operations of the Community Programs team by managing grant application systems and elevating data integrity through reporting efforts. Personal Philanthropic Interestsand Passions Prior to joining the Seattle Foundation, Sophia supported King County’s Eviction Prevention and Rent Assistance Program (EPRAP) as the Operations Manager at African Community Housing & Development, a community-based organization […]

Jonathan Cunningham
Senior Program Officer

Jonathan drives investment in historically under-resourced communities through funder collaboratives and innovative grantmaking initiatives that aim to increase racial and economic equity in the region. He’s also the principal architect behind REPAIR (Racially Equitable Philanthropy Aimed at Initiating Reparations), SeaFdn’s five year, $25 million commitment to the Black community of the Greater Seattle region. Personal Philanthropic […]

Ceil Erickson
Director, Nonprofit Relations

With a broad and deep network of nonprofit partners, Ceil manages SeaFdn’s grantmaking in targeted areas and drives investment in nonprofit sector capacity building. Her extensive sector knowledge makes Ceil a highly effective connector between philanthropists and community needs. Personal Philanthropic Interestsand Passions Ceil has over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, where […]

Sally Gillis
Managing Director, Operations & Impact Partnerships

As a leader in Community Programs, Rebecca pursues greater racial equity and economic opportunity through her oversight of operational effectiveness and impact that advance our theory of change. Personal Philanthropic Interestsand Passions With over ten years in the social sector, Sally brings a strong commitment to partnerships and social justice to the work of SeaFdn. […]

Rebecca Chan
Managing Director, Operations & Impact

As a leader in Community Programs, Rebecca pursues greater racial equity and economic opportunity through her oversight of operational effectiveness and impact that advance our theory of change. Personal Philanthropic Interestsand Passions Rebecca comes to Seattle Foundation with more than a decade of experience in social change and a commitment to advancing social justice. Previously, […]