Annual Investment Briefing
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020
2 – 3:15 p.m.
Annual Investment Briefing
Learn from our team of experts at our annual Investment Briefing. Brian Crawford of Colonial Consulting, Seattle Foundation Investment Committee members, and representatives of our management team will discuss how our investment strategy ensures the judicious stewardship of our community's philanthropic assets.
Brian Crawford, Managing Director and Senior Consultant, Crewcial Partners
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.
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.
Kirstin Sandaas, Chief Financial and Operating Officer, Seattle Foundation
For 16 years Kirstin served in a variety of finance and accounting functions at Saltchuk Resources and its operating subsidiaries, including Sea Coast Towing. Most recently, Kirstin was the CFO for Foss Maritime, a global marine services business that was formed in Tacoma in 1889. During her tenure, Foss nearly doubled its revenue and transitioned from a West Coast-focused organization to a global marine services business. In addition to overseeing the finance and supply chain evolution, she implemented a major ERP system and led changes to standardize business practices and increase efficiency. Prior to joining the Saltchuk organization, Kirstin worked at Optiva Corporation, makers of the Sonicare toothbrush, and with public accounting firms Ernst & Young LLP, Clark Nuber P.S. and Arthur Andersen & Co. Sandaas holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in accounting from the University of Washington.
Allyson Tucker, Chief Investment Officer, Washington State Investment Board
Allison Parker, Managing Director, Philanthropy Strategies, Seattle Foundation
Allison has a passion for advising philanthropists on giving through their wills to ensure their investments are personally meaningful and address the needs of our community. As a former program officer and scholarship manager, Allison brings a breadth of knowledge to philanthropic advising. Allison previously worked for U.S. Senator Patty Murray and was a nonprofit fundraiser. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the University of Washington. Her volunteer commitments include the Board of Seattle Rotary #4. In 2012, the Puget Sound Business Journal honored Allison with its “Forty Under 40” Award. She is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) and a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE).
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