© 2018 Seattle Parks Foundation

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

About Us

Parks belong to everyone. Seattle Parks Foundation connects people across the city who are working together to fulfill that promise.

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Everyone in Seattle should feel connected to safe and beautiful green spaces and have easy access to recreational opportunities that meet their needs and the needs of a growing and changing population.


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 $54 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


Allegra Calder

Principal, BERK Consulting

Vice Chair

Maya Mendoza-Exstrom

General Counsel, Sounders FC


Jodi Green

Community Volunteer


Kyle McCoy

Vice President & Private Wealth Advisor, Goldman Sachs


Ross Baker

Public Policy Director, Virginia Mason Medical Center


Ken Bounds

Commissioner, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission


Steve Clifford

Author, Former CEO of King Broadcasting


Gerry Johnson

Partner, Pacifica Law Group LLP


Brad Kahn

Founder, Groundwork Strategies


Garrett Kephart

Practice Leader, Social Impact


Doris Koo

Principal Consultant, Yesler Community Collaborative


Carla Lewis

Former President, Washington Women’s Foundation


Carol Lewis

Senior Advisor, Philanthropy Northwest


John Nesholm

Founding Partner, LMN Architects


Charles Nolan

Public Health Consultant, University of Washington


Beth Purcell

Principal, Purcell Planning and Design


Doug Raff

Retired Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP


Myra Tanita

Retired COO, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center


Jerry Tone

Community Volunteer


Chris Towne

Civic Activist


David Victor

Founder and Managing Director, Seneca Group


Huong Vu

Community Volunteer


Charlie Wright

Chairman, Merrill Gardens, LLC

Advisory Board

Deirdre Black

Community Volunteer

Barbee Crutcher

Community Volunteer

Barbara Feasey

Community Volunteer

Hope Garrett

Community Volunteer

C. David Hughbanks

Community Volunteer

Bob Ratliffe

Executive Vice President, Bentall Kennedy

Scott Redman

CEO, Sellen Construction

Chris Rogers

Founding Partner & CEO, Point32

Stu Rolfe

President, Wright Hotels, Inc.

Maggie Walker

Co-Chair, Central Waterfront Committee

Steve Wood

Managing Director, CenturyPacific LLLP


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.

This position occupies a pivotal role within our organization and the communities we serve—by listening to, learning from, and engaging with key audiences to advance the foundation’s vision, mission, values, and goals.

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This position oversees the strategy, design, and implementation of our programs to ensure that all of our work with communities, donors, and public agencies is integrated and delivers on our mission: bringing people together to make parks happen.

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General Information



Seattle Parks Foundation
105 South Main Street #235
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.332.9900