President & CEO
Tony Mestres is the president and CEO of Seattle Foundation, one of the largest community foundations in the country, with more than $1 billion in assets. Tony is recognized for his servant leadership approach in driving organizational evolution as well as expertise in building partnerships across sectors with business leaders, government and community and philanthropic partners. He has redefined Seattle Foundation’s role as a voice for community needs, developing effective, impact-driven strategies to drive greater equity and opportunity across our region.
Tony leads Seattle Foundation’s mission to ignite powerful and rewarding philanthropy to make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all. He directs the strategic counsel and support provided to more than 1,200 individual, family and corporate philanthropists, and oversees the investment of more than $100 million in charitable grants annually.
Tony has centered Seattle Foundation’s strategies on creating greater equity and economic opportunity for people who are not benefitting from our region’s ongoing prosperity. Those initiatives include the Foundation’s creation of the Communities of Opportunity initiative with King County to create greater racial, economic and health equity in our region so that all people can thrive. The Foundation also established the Vibrant Democracy Initiative to strengthen the voice and participation of underrepresented communities, helping people advocate for positive change. And most recently, the Foundation launched a multi-year climate justice effort to address the adverse effects of climate change, which more acutely impact low-income communities.
Tony joined the Foundation in 2014, following a 22-year career in high technology. As a vice president at Microsoft, Tony was the business group leader responsible for worldwide sales and marketing of Microsoft’s Windows product line. Tony also managed strategic partnerships and execution of Microsoft’s PC, Mobile and TV Entertainment strategy. He was recognized as one of Global Telecom’s Forty under Forty Most Promising Executives.
Tony’s philanthropic leadership includes more than 16 years as a partner and, since 2013, board member of Social Venture Partners, a 600-member organization that cultivates effective philanthropists. In addition, Tony was president and is director emeritus of the Kindering Center, a nonprofit that serves and supports children with special needs and their families. Tony currently serves on the boards of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Seattle International Foundation, City Year Seattle/King County, Washington Roundtable and the national Council on Foundations.
Under Tony’s leadership, Seattle Foundation has been recognized with awards including the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Secretary’s Award for Public Philanthropic Partnership; the International Rescue Committee Philanthropy Award; and the King County Municipal League Foundation’s James R. Ellis Regional Leadership Award.
A graduate of Phillips Academy Andover, Tony received his B.A. in History from Dickinson College. He is also a recipient of Dickson College’s distinguished alumni award for Professional Achievement.