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Thank you for 12 great years, Aaron Robertson!

Seattle Foundation bids farewell to a critical leader on our Community Programs team.


October 23, 2020

It is with a mix of deep appreciation, sadness and excitement we share that Aaron Robertson, our Managing Director of Policy & Civic Engagement, is stepping down and moving on from Seattle Foundation. Aaron will stay on with us for the foreseeable future to ensure a smooth and thoughtful transition process. He will be relocating to Los Angeles with his partner Clare and exploring new career opportunities.

Over the past 12 years, Aaron has become an invaluable member of our team, helping to shape much of what we know as Seattle Foundation today. “Aaron has made me a better leader and made us a better community foundation,” said Tony Mestres President & CEO. “He is a humble and dedicated creator of innovative initiatives that make the value of equity a reality. Aaron is an exceptional professional with ample amounts of intellect, heart and courage. Aaron has been an invaluable member of our team for more than a decade and he will be missed.”

Through the years, Aaron has worked with the Community Partnerships team to promote justice and advance equity across many initiatives. This includes developing Communities of Opportunity and the Regional Census Fund, and then leveraging our initial investments to raise millions more from the public sector. And in recent months, Aaron has been a critical architect of our COVID-19 Response Fund.

“What’s more important than any individual accomplishment has been Aaron’s deep commitment to relationship building. Our successes have often been the products of his patience and perseverance. Aaron’s thoughtfulness, open-mindedness, and integrity have created lasting relationships for the Foundation that have been and will be the cornerstone of our organizational evolution going forward,” shared Chief Impact Officer Kris Hermanns.

In the coming weeks, we will launch a search for a Community Programs Managing Director, an exciting new position that will assume some of Aaron’s responsibilities. Aaron will continue to be a strong partner to the Leadership Team throughout his transition and we are thankful for his steady hand at this important time.

“Over the last twelve years, Seattle Foundation has become a home. This has been an incredible chapter in my life. I could not be more proud of the Foundation’s evolution to a civic leader centering racial equity and the legacy I contributed to. I cannot wait to watch that continued growth cheering you on from the sidelines,” said Aaron Robertson.

As evidence of Aaron’s impact at Seattle Foundation, please learn more about our work in 2019 and 2020 in the recently released social impact report.

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