Sally Gillis | Managing Director, Strategy and Partnerships

Sally Gillis

Sally leads Seattle Foundation’s grantmaking strategy and civic action efforts that advance our Blueprint for Impact, aiming at greater racial equity and economic opportunity. As a member of the Leadership Team, she advises on our programmatic strategy, engagement in civic and community priorities, as well as cross-sector partnerships.

Sally Gillis | Managing Director, Strategy and Partnerships

Personal Philanthropic Interests
and Passions

  • Women and girls empowerment
  • Climate justice
  • Cradle to career education

With over fifteen years in the social sector, Sally brings a strong commitment to community leadership and social justice to Seattle Foundation. Since joining the foundation in 2016, Sally has built, championed and led many of the Core Grant Programs including the Foundation’s pandemic response. She represents Seattle Foundation in a number of our funder collaboratives and public partnerships related to systems change, climate justice, and early childhood education. 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.

Sally joined Seattle Foundation in 2016.