Kirstin Sandaas

Chief Financial and Operating Officer


Kirstin Sandaas   

Kirstin oversees Seattle Foundation’s finance, accounting, information systems, investment management, human resources and facilities.


Personal Philanthropic Interests
and Passions



Women and girls empowerment

Arts and culture

For 16 years Kirstin served in a variety of finance and accounting functions at Saltchuk Resources and its operating subsidiaries, including Sea Coast Towing. Most recently, Kirstin was the CFO for Foss Maritime, a global marine services business that was formed in Tacoma in 1889. During her tenure, Foss nearly doubled its revenue and transitioned from a West Coast-focused organization to a global marine services business.  In addition to overseeing the finance and supply chain evolution, she implemented a major ERP system and led changes to standardize business practices and increase efficiency. Prior to joining the Saltchuk organization, Kirstin worked at Optiva Corporation, makers of the Sonicare toothbrush, and with public accounting firms Ernst & Young LLP, Clark Nuber P.S. and Arthur Andersen & Co. Sandaas holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in accounting from the University of Washington.

Kirstin has been working at Seattle Foundation since 2017.