– Jeanette Lodwig has joined The Seattle Foundation as general counsel, announced Norman B. Rice, the Foundation’s president and chief executive officer.
Formerly an attorney with Davis Wright Tremaine, Lodwig brings to The Seattle Foundation extensive experience working with charitable organizations in King County, including a five-year history working with The Seattle Foundation as outside legal counsel. Lodwig will continue to advise the Foundation on a variety of legal issues, including federal tax rules and their implications for community foundations. In her new and expanded role, she will work closely with the Foundation’s Philanthropic Service team related to donor and community education. Lodwig will also facilitate the Foundation’s longstanding partnership with Davis Wright Tremaine.
“The time is right for The Seattle Foundation to bring legal counsel in-house,” said Rice. “We are at a point where, as one of the largest community foundations in the country, the complexities of our work lend themselves to having an expert on staff to navigate those issues and serve as a direct resource for our donors. We are excited to welcome Jeanette, with her history working with the Foundation and extensive skills and expertise in this area.”
“I am excited to have this opportunity to focus all of my professional energy on supporting the mission and work of The Seattle Foundation,” said Lodwig. “I look forward to serving as a resource for the Foundation’s staff and our many partners: donors, nonprofits, and corporations alike. It is a privilege for me to be part of this team that is making a real positive difference in our community.”
Prior to joining the Foundation, Lodwig was a member of Davis Wright Tremaine’s Tax-Exempt Organizations practice group. During her seven years at Davis Wright Tremaine, she identified issues and provided legal advice to large charities, family and corporate foundations, trade associations and other nonprofit organizations. Lodwig is a frequent speaker on issues of interest to charitable organizations. She has a degree in community and environmental planning from the University of Washington and a J.D. from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.
Established in 1946, The Seattle Foundation’s mission is to create a healthy community through engaged philanthropy, community knowledge and leadership. It is the oldest and largest community foundation in the region, with more than 1,200 family and individual funds and assets in excess of $600 million. The Seattle Foundation awards nearly $50 million in grants each year. Learn more about the Foundation at www.seattlefoundation.org.
Contact: Mary Grace Roske
(206) 235-8518 (mobile)