© 2018 Seattle Parks Foundation

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

About Us

Seattle Parks Foundation partners with community to champion thriving and equitable parks and public spaces.

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Vision

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

Programs

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

Chair

Maya Mendoza-Exstrom

General Counsel, Sounders FC

Vice Chair

Garrett Kephart

Head of ESG and Social Impact Consulting, Point B

Secretary

Jodi Green

Community Volunteer

Treasurer

Jerry Tone

Community Volunteer

Member

Ross Baker

Public Policy Director, Virginia Mason Medical Center

Member

Ken Bounds

Commissioner, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission

Member

Allegra Calder

Principal, BERK Consulting

Member

Debra Guenther

Design Partner, Mithun

Member

Taylor Hoang

Senior Manager, External Affairs, Amazon

Member

Sam Howard

Supply Chain Director, Starbucks

Member

Lyn Hunter

Director, Regional Strategies Network, Philanthropy Northwest

Member

Gerry Johnson

Founding Partner, Pacifica Law Group LLP

Member

Brad Kahn

Founder, Groundwork Strategies

Member

Rachel Kirschner

Vice President, Senior Wealth Manager, BNY Mellon

Member

John Nesholm

Founding Partner, LMN Architects

Member

Charles Nolan

Public Health Consultant, University of Washington

Member

Beth Purcell

Principal, Purcell Planning and Design

Member

Neelima Shah

Program Officer, Bullitt Foundation

Member

Myra Tanita

Retired COO, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Member

Patrice Thomas

Equitable Development Initiative Project Manager, City of Seattle

Member

David Victor

Founder and Managing Director, Seneca Group

Member

Charlie Wright

Chairman, R.D. Merrill Company

Opportunities

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.

The Director of Finance and Operations leads Seattle Parks Foundation’s financial and operational strategies, managing annual budgets and work plans while directing our accounting, information technology, human resources, and administrative business functions. Reporting to the President and Chief Executive Officer, the Director of Finance and Operations is a core member of the leadership team, helping to shape organizational strategy and impact, and is the key liaison to the Board of Directors for finance and operations. If you have a passion for public spaces, community engagement, advancing racial equity, and large-scale civic philanthropy, consider joining our team! We are committed to racial justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging in our public spaces, and we strongly encourage BIPOC applicants who have a depth of leadership experience and believe in our mission. To find out more, click below to expand the job description!

Job Description

We are looking for a dynamic, strategic, community-centric Manager of Grants and Institutional Engagement to lead our corporate, foundation, and public grants and relationships. If you have a passion for public spaces, community engagement, advancing racial equity, and large-scale civic philanthropy, consider joining our team! We are committed to racial justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging in our public spaces, and we strongly encourage BIPOC applicants who have a depth of leadership experience and believe in our mission. To find out more, click below to expand the job description!

Job Description

We are looking for an Accounting Assistant to join us as a key member of the finance team and help us in processing payments and recording receipts. The ideal candidate will have a keen eye for detail and accuracy. They should be able to work independently to evaluate documents for accuracy and completeness. We are committed to racial justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging in our public spaces, and we strongly encourage BIPOC applicants who have a depth of experience and believe in our mission. To find out more, click below to expand the job description!

Job Description

Contact

General Information

info@seattleparksfoundation.org

Offices

Seattle Parks Foundation
PO Box 3541
Seattle, WA 98124-3541
206.332.9900
Phone: 206.332.9900