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Seattle Foundation's Jeanette Lodwig awarded Outstanding Chief Legal Officer — Nonprofit Organization

Congratulations Jeanette!


January 28, 2016

Congratulations to Jeanette Lodwig, General Counsel for Seattle Foundation. Jeanette has been awarded Outstanding Chief Legal Officer —Nonprofit Organization, as part of Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2016 Corporate Counsel of the Year Awards.

Jeanette serves as chief legal advisor for Seattle Foundation’s board of trustees, senior management and other employees across all teams and is a member of the leadership team. She also provides advice related to federal tax rules that govern all charitable funds and provides counsel to the staff on a wide variety of issues including lobbying, complex assets and endowment spending.

“It is rare when a General Counsel is able to not only fulfill the letter and the spirit of her legal counsel role with excellence, but is also able to play a leadership role for an organization in such a way that has a direct, positive impact on the community," said Tony Mestres, president and CEO at Seattle Foundation. “Jeanette is such a leader and balances sharp intellect with extraordinary dedication and compassion, has the ability to change altitude from strategic to tactical and has steely eyed courage in putting herself out in front as a leader.”

In order to distribute philanthropic investments to serve the people of our community, Seattle Foundation, under Jeanette’s legal counsel, has become a specialist in executing complex asset transactions that in turn provide much needed philanthropic resources in the community.

Jeanette is also a frequent speaker on topics such as grantmaking legal issues, endowment management, lobbying, and compliance with the federal tax rules under the Pension Protection Act.

This Puget Sound Business Journal award program is specifically designed to honor outstanding in-house counsel of Washington companies and organizations. Candidates were nominated by community members, colleagues and clients. A team of judges reviewed the nominations and selected winners in 10 categories.

Jeanette will be recognized along with the other winners at a public award ceremony and in a special report within the Feb. 26 issue of the Puget Sound Business Journal.  The 2016 Corporate Counsel of the Year awards dinner will be held 5:30 - 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Fairmont Olympic hotel in downtown Seattle. The awards dinner is open to the public and additional tickets are available for purchase.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Jeanette was a member of Davis Wright Tremaine’s Tax-Exempt Organizations practice group. During her seven years of legal practice at Davis Wright Tremaine, Jeanette was a trusted advisor to many foundations, public charities and other nonprofit organizations. 

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