Donor Briefing: COVID-19 Response Fund



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

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020
2 – 3:30 p.m.

Donor Briefing:
COVID-19 Response Fund

Our focus has been on rapid response and getting resources to those most in need. Six months into the pandemic, we are also assessing the lessons we’ve learned from this model and looking ahead to recovery and reinvention. We look forward to sharing our progress with you at this event.


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.

Aaron Robertson, Managing Director, Policy & Civic Engagement, Seattle Foundation
Aaron has more than ten years of experience in the philanthropic sector, with a focus on civic engagement and strengthening our democracy. He brings deep experience in community engagement, with a long-term focus on advancing racial equity through systemic change. He is passionate about social justice and bringing the insight of young people into the political process. Aaron is a fellow of The Funders Network’s PLACES program, a graduate of Seattle University and an alumnus of Harvard Business School’s Young America Leaders Program, the University of Washington’s Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute and the Leadership Tomorrow program.

Colleen Echohawk, Executive Director, Chief Seattle Club
Colleen is the Executive Director of the Chief Seattle Club, a nonprofit dedicated to the needs of Native American and Alaska Native people who are experiencing homelessness in Seattle. She is also an enrolled member of the Kithehaki Band of the Pawnee Nation and a member of the Upper Athabascan people of Mentasta Lake. Colleen also founded the Coalition to End Urban Native Homelessness and is the co-founder and principal at Headwater People Consulting Group.

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.


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. 

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

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