Fund for Inclusive Recovery


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Watch a recording of the Donor Briefing here.
Download the transcript here.
Download the webinar slides here.

Thursday, Mar. 25
3 – 4:15 p.m.

Building on lessons learned from the COVID-19 Response Fund and with a cross-sector network of funders, we will launch the Fund for Inclusive Recovery. Please join us for a donor briefing to learn why now, more than ever, investments to Black and Indigenous people and other communities of color are needed. Together we can build a stronger, more equitable community where everyone can thrive.


Tony Mestres, President & CEO, Seattle Foundation
Tony Mestres is President & CEO of Seattle Foundation, one of the largest community foundations in the country and one of the largest grantmakers in the Pacific Northwest. Under Tony’s leadership, Seattle Foundation has redefined its role as a civic leader, shining a light on community needs and developing cross-sector initiatives to drive racial and economic equity throughout the region. These efforts have been recognized with numerous awards; most recently, Tony was named The NonProfit Times’ 2019 Influencer of the Year. Prior to joining Seattle Foundation, Tony had a 22-year career in high technology, most of which at Microsoft, where he was the vice president responsible for worldwide sales and marketing of the Windows product line. He currently serves on the board.

Sally Gillis, Managing Director, Strategic Impact & Partnerships, Seattle Foundation
With over ten years in the social sector, Sally brings a strong commitment to partnerships and social justice to the work of SeaFdn. Previously, Sally served as the Director of Collective Action at Social Venture Partners Seattle (SVP), where she guided the organization’s collective impact and funder collaborative work. Her background includes working in the government, nonprofit and foundation sectors in the fields of homelessness and youth development. Sally has a master’s in macro-level social work from Boston University and graduated from Lafayette College.

Kris Hermanns, Chief Impact Officer, Seattle Foundation
For more than 25 years, Kris has worked as a nonprofit executive, strategist, grantmaker, and fundraiser, bridging two of her passions—advocating for equity and opportunity and for strategic philanthropy. Before joining Seattle Foundation, Kris served as the Chief Executive Officer of Pride Foundation where she led its efforts to mobilize individual and institutional resources to affect real change in communities that are most impacted by injustices.


Norma Fuentes, Norma has experience as a senior manager and fundraising professional working with highly successful development programs in both higher education/research and environmental nonprofit sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from the University of Idaho, and also studied at Washington State University’s Murrow School of Communication Graduate school. Currently Norma serves as a Trustee for the Washington State University Board of Trustees and volunteers her time as a translator.

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