Fund for Inclusive Recovery Advisory Group

The Fund for Inclusive Recovery is the bridge between the immediate relief that we have worked to achieve for the past year and a half in response to the pandemic and the long-term systems reinvention the region needs.

Seattle Foundation continues to prioritize and drive collective investments to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) leaders, organizations, and communities as a pathway to a more equitable future. The Fund for Inclusive Recovery will focus on further building the capacities of BIPOC-led and -rooted organizations and movements and increasing the civic participation and power of BIPOC communities.

As was the case with the COVID-19 Response Fund, the Fund for Inclusive Recovery will be advised by a cross-section of community leaders and voices, representing various sectors, geographic regions, most impacted residents, and content expertise. Members of the Community Advisory Group will help shape the Fund priorities, grant processes, and accountability systems.

Advisory Group Members

  • Amy Liu, Microsoft
  • Aneelah Afzali, Muslim Association of Puget Sound
  • Bernadette Merikle, Community Center for Education Results
  • Colleen Echohawk, Eighth Generation
  • Eric Holzapfel, League of Education Voters
  • Esther Lucero, Seattle Indian Health Board
  • Ginger Kwan, Open Doors for Multicultural Families
  • Huong Vu, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Jodi Nishioka, Communities Rise
  • Lalita Uppala, Indian Association of Western WA
  • Lilliane Ballesteros, Latino Community Fund
  • Matias Valenzuela, Public Health – Seattle & King County
  • Regina Elmi, Somali Parents Education Board
  • Sili Savusa, White Center CDA
  • Steven Sawyer, POCAAN
  • Suni Tolton, City of Shoreline
  • Taffy Maene, UTOPIA
  • Tim Lennon, LANGSTON
  • Trish Dziko, Technology Access Foundation
  • Ubax Gardheere, Community Advocate