Michelle Purnell-Hepburn

DEI Director


Michelle Purnell-Hepburn   

Michelle is responsible for building skills and systems to support a workplace culture that nourishes, sustains, and enhances racial equity work.

Michelle Purnell-Hepburn

Personal Philanthropic Interests
and Passions

Racial equity

Arts and culture

Health and wellness

Michelle hails from the non-for-profit financial world where she served in financial executive capacities at Salal, Seattle and Group Health Credit Unions. Michelle holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in finance, accounting and economics from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. She is a graduate of Western CUNA Management School and the Credit Union Executive Society, earning the title of “Certified Credit Union Executive.” She was also named “CFO of the Year” by the Puget Sound Business Journal in 2011. Michelle served on the Advisory Board of Capitol Hill Housing to preserve the legacy and the site of Liberty Bank of Seattle and recently joined the Board of Community Roots Housing. Michelle previously served as Managing Director, Controller & Accounting at Seattle Foundation.

Michelle has been working at Seattle Foundation since 2018.