Seattle Foundation Blog

Thank You for 8 Years, Fidelma

Seattle Foundation recognizes our Chief Philanthropy Officer, Fidelma, for her contributions the past 8 years.

February 04, 2020

After eight years with Seattle Foundation, Fidelma McGinn has announced she will be transitioning out of her role as Chief Philanthropy Officer. Seattle Foundation was fortunate to have Fidelma as a part of the Leadership Team, overseeing many exciting evolutions while at the Foundation – from growing our impact through re-vamping our value proposition for philanthropists; introducing a new line of business and welcoming corporate foundations into the Seattle Foundation family; expanding our reach into new markets with new partners; and leading an incredibly talented team.

President & CEO Tony Mestres shared, “Fidelma has been uniquely committed to our mission and has put passion into everything she has done for the Foundation. I am incredibly proud of the impact Fidelma has had at Seattle Foundation over the past eight years. She has my appreciation and admiration.”

Over the coming months, Fidelma will be focusing on an element of our five-year strategic plan, through Q1 2020. Allison Parker and Norma Fuentes, in their respective roles of Managing Directors in the Philanthropic Services team, will take over primary management responsibilities of the Philanthropic Services team, reporting to Tony Mestres, Seattle Foundation’s President & CEO. The Foundation is also pleased to welcome back Jeanette Lodwig as interim General Counsel, who will be partnering closely with our CEO and the Philanthropic Services team to support during the interim period and advise on our strategy. A search process to identify and hire Fidelma’s successor will launch shortly. Please stay tuned to our Careers page for more information, or reach out to Michele Frix with any questions.

We wish Fidelma the best in her continuous journey of leading philanthropic change. Thank you, Fidelma!





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