Center for Community Partnerships 

The Seattle Foundation (TSF) has a successful history of understanding community issues and opportunities – and then bringing together the right people and resources to address them collaboratively and effectively.

Since 2006, The Seattle Foundation has focused on reducing educational and economic disparities in King County. Building on this work, we created the Norman B. Rice Center for Community Partnerships. Its mission: to advance collaborative, systemic change to achieve greater economic and racial equity in King County.

The Center uses a variety of tools such as grantmaking, convening, mission investing, advocacy, research and technical assistance. The Center’s work is organized into three primary categories:



The Center works to achieve long-term impact through initiatives and projects that help increase economic and racial equity. For instance, the Center might incubate a short-term project by being a fiscal sponsor and convening initial meetings, or there may be a long-term initiative that requires multi-year funding and staff support. Our current initiative is Communities of Opportunity, which is focused on creating greater health, social, economic and racial equity in King County communities.


Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) provides technical assistance and grants up to $5,000 to grassroots organizations in South Seattle, White Center and Kent. Because community members have firsthand knowledge of community challenges, their involvement and leadership are critical to developing effective policies and change strategies. N2N supports efforts that increase engagement, power and influence of community members affected by poverty and racial disparities. 


The Center works with funders, policymakers, communities and other stakeholders to collectively learn how to increase equity in King County and share that learning with others. The Center will commission research to support the work of specific initiatives and projects. We also share case studies and reports tied to the work of the Center.


A group of diverse community members representing different sectors, communities and perspectives are serving on the Center Advisory Committee, which was formed to help with the establishment of the Center and to recommend its first two initiatives. Members include:
  • Mauricio Ayon, Policy Director, Washington Community Action Network
  • Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Microsoft Corporation
  • Gregory Davis, chair, Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition
  • Robert Flowers, Board of Trustees, The Seattle Foundation
  • David Harrison, former public affairs senior lecturer at the University of Washington; fundholder at The Seattle Foundation
  • Paola Maranan, Executive Director, Children’s Alliance
  • Linda Park, Board of Trustees, The Seattle Foundation; fundholder at The Seattle Foundation
  • Sue Taoka, Executive Vice President, Craft3
  • Kevin Washington, Board of Trustees, The Seattle Foundation; Education Chair, Tabor 100
  • Dinah Wilson, Housing & Human Services CDBG Coordinator, City of Kent

For more information, please contact Alice Ito, Director of Community Programs, at or (206) 515-2129.