© 2022 Seattle Parks Foundation

Seattle Parks Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit 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.

Children sitting on the grass listening and talking.

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.

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

Chief Operating Officer, 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

Sr. 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.

We do not have any open opportunities at this time.

Contact

General Information

info@seattleparksfoundation.org

Offices

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