Molly Judge
Director of Philanthropic Advising

Molly leads the Philanthropic Advising team that stewards and engages Seattle Foundation’s dedicated philanthropists. She supports Foundation leadership and works alongside donors and partners to ensure community investments are meaningful, informed and impactful. She collaborates with experts within the Foundation to support each donor’s vision for a more healthy, equitable, and vibrant community.

Personal Philanthropic Interests and Passions

  • Early childhood development
  • Economic equity
  • Education mentorship & youth development
  • Engaged democracy
  • Nonprofit capacity building

Molly chose a profession focused on philanthropy over 20 years ago because she firmly believes in the promise of our humanity and collective ability to promote a better existence for everyone. She is inspired by the vision that Seattle Foundation has defined in its Blueprint for Impact as it presents a path toward solving societal problems that is both bold and pragmatic. 

She has had the privilege of working directly with visionary leaders, philanthropists, public entities, community stakeholders, and corporations on ambitious endeavors that transformed lives and places. The most successful donor engagements in her career occurred through strategic relationship development and management. Molly knows how to advance a compelling case for partnership, understand each stakeholder’s needs, and customize an approach in a way that authentically resonates with all parties.

Before joining Seattle Foundation, Molly worked as the Director of Advancement for Imagine Housing. While there, she brought public and private funders together around multimillion dollar projects to ensure affordable housing developments could move forward and address an expanding housing crisis in East King County and Snohomish County. Prior to that, and as Director, Leadership Giving & Individual Philanthropy at the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), she helped convene major funders with state and federal agencies for an $80M capital campaign to construct the largest wildlife crossing in the world.   

Molly has a Bachelor’s Degree in English with a minor in Communications from DePaul University. She serves on the board of the Housing Development Consortium and volunteers her time to the Friends of Hawthorne Elementary. Molly lives in Seattle’s Seward Park neighborhood with her husband and two young sons.

Molly has been working at Seattle Foundation since 2023.