© 2022 Seattle Parks Foundation

Seattle Parks Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Tax ID: 91-1998597

About Us

Mission: We partner with community to champion thriving and equitable parks and public spaces.

Vision: People feel welcomed and invested in our parks and public spaces, leading to healthy, sustainable, and equitable communities.

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Strategic Plan

In late 2021, we went through an extensive process with many of our community members to create our 3-year Strategic Plan. We invite you to explore it here.


Fiscal Sponsorship
We provide 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and a suite of accounting, insurance, fundraising, communications, and advocacy services to community groups that are making park and public space projects happen across the city.

Fund Management
We manage restricted and general-purpose funds, including endowments, for donors who want to make long-term and legacy investments in Seattle’s parks and public space system.

Major Initiatives
We support partner capital campaigns, large-scale community park planning, and civic-scale parks and public space advocacy initiatives.

Our History

Founded as a nonprofit partner for Seattle Parks and Recreation and fueled by the energy of civic leaders whose efforts to build a 60-acre “Seattle Commons” in South Lake Union were twice thwarted at the ballot box in the mid-1990s, Seattle Parks Foundation became an independent nonprofit in 2001. Its first endeavors included supporting the acquisition and development of Lake People (Xacua’bs) Park near Columbia City, the restoration of Schurman Rock at Camp Long in West Seattle, field and play area enhancements at Maple Elementary School on Beacon Hill, and early planning for Lake Union Park.

Since then, donors have contributed over $59 million through Seattle Parks Foundation to support more than 200 community-led park projects spanning almost every neighborhood in the city.

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Board of Directors


Garrett Kephart

Head of ESG and Social Impact Consulting, Point B

Vice Chair

Debra Guenther

Design Partner, Mithun


Jodi Green

Community Volunteer


Sam Howard

Sr. Director of Procurement – Global Supply Chain, Nike


Ross Baker

Community Volunteer, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Washington School of Public Health


Allegra Calder

Principal, BERK Consulting


Dr. Jeremy Hess

Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Global Health and Emergency Medicine, University of Washington


Taylor Hoang

Senior Manager, External Affairs, Amazon


Lyn Hunter

Director, Regional Strategies Network, Philanthropy Northwest


Gerry Johnson

Founding Partner, Pacifica Law Group LLP


Brad Kahn

Founder, Groundwork Strategies


Rachel Kirschner

Vice President, Senior Wealth Manager, BNY Mellon


Maya Mendoza-Extrom

Chief Operating Officer, Sounders FC


John Nesholm

Founding Partner, LMN Architects


Beth Purcell

Principal, Purcell Planning and Design


Amit Ranade

Partner, Snell & Wilmer


Neelima Shah

Sr. Program Officer, Bullitt Foundation


Myra Tanita

Retired COO, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center


Patrice Thomas

Equitable Development Initiative Project Manager, City of Seattle


Jerry Tone

Community Volunteer


Catherine Walker

Retired Lawyer and Community Volunteer


Seattle Parks Foundation relies on a network of staff, contractors, partners, and community members to make great things happen for Seattle’s parks and public spaces.

We do not have any open opportunities at this time.


General Information



Seattle Parks Foundation
PO Box 3541
Seattle, WA 98124-3541

Phone: 206.332.9900