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Kris Hermanns Named Seattle Foundation’s Chief Impact Officer

The former leader of the Pride Foundation, a champion of equity, will drive the Foundation’s mission forward.


December 21, 2018

Kris Hermanns has joined Seattle Foundation as Chief Impact Officer, announced Tony Mestres, Foundation President and CEO.

Hermanns is a nationally respected nonprofit executive, passionate champion of equity and experienced community foundation leader who will drive forward the Foundation’s mission to ignite powerful, rewarding philanthropy to make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all.

“Kris brings a rare and powerful combination of experience and proven accomplishment, exemplified through the broad and deep respect she has in our community,” Mestres said. “She’s a courageous leader guided by her core beliefs that every life has value and every person deserves protection and opportunity.”

Hermanns comes to Seattle Foundation after seven years as Chief Executive Officer of Pride Foundation, which fuels transformational movements to advance equity and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people in all communities across the Northwest. During her time leading Pride Foundation, she shaped the LGBTQ community’s action on key local and national policy issues. She also spearheaded a statewide initiative with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to address systemic causes of youth homelessness, and developed a comprehensive initiative to center racial equity throughout all aspects of Pride Foundation’s operations and programming. Prior to Pride Foundation, she was Deputy Director at the National Center for Lesbian Rights and Director of Special Funds and Program Officer with the Rhode Island Community Foundation.

“The Seattle Foundation has an outstanding leader in Kris Hermanns, as their new Chief Impact Officer,” said Tricia Raikes, co-founder of the Raikes Foundation. “She brings a wealth of experience in equity, systems change, and collaboration that will be invaluable in this new role, and I know that our region will significantly benefit from her expertise and leadership.”

“Kris is an incredible energizer and catalyst. She has a proven track record of transformational change for people of color and under-served communities,” said Ben Danielson, community leader and Clinic Chief, Odessa Brown Children's Clinic. “Seattle Foundation is fortunate to have her talents and Kris is fortunate to have this amazing opportunity. Kris and the Seattle Foundation are going to create the kinds of waves of change that will redefine what it means to be impactful and will inspire all of us to be part of the journey.”

Hermanns has deep experience as a grantmaker, fundraiser, advocate and strategist in the field of social impact. In this new role, she will be responsible for the Foundation’s core grantmaking, community programs and civic leadership. This work includes the Foundation’s Climate Justice Impact Strategy, Catalyzing Community Impact Strategy, Resilience Fund and the Communities of Opportunity partnership with King County.

"Seattle Foundation is at the forefront of supporting innovative cultural and community developments in our region,” Hermanns said. “With our region facing both unprecedented growth and increasing disparities, the Foundation is positioned to play an even greater role in advancing equitable and transformative change. I am honored to be joining such a talented and outstanding team to work toward these critical efforts."

About Seattle Foundation
Seattle Foundation ignites powerful, rewarding philanthropy to make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all. Focused on creating equity and opportunity, our goal as a community foundation is to simplify giving and strengthen the impact of philanthropy for the more than 1,200 individuals, families, businesses and nonprofits we serve. We provide deep community insights, powerful civic leadership, effective philanthropic advising and judicious stewardship of assets in support of our mission. Learn more at: www.seattlefoundation.org.


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