Staff

Thatcher Bailey

Thatcher Bailey

President and CEO

If you think about and participate in conversations about the future of Seattle’s public space system, you probably know Thatcher. When he’s in the office, he’s on the phone, writing thank you notes to donors, or writing about the great work of neighborhood volunteer groups and community leaders all over Seattle. Call him at (206) 332-9900 x11.

Paulo Palugod

Deputy Director

Paulo is our Deputy Director. He recently moved to Seattle from Washington, D.C., and loves our parks. He is helping shape our strategy and is thinking big about how parks can help us build stronger communities. You can reach him at 206.332.9900 x15.

Shava Lawson

Finance Director

If you are a community partner of Seattle Parks Foundation, you’ve probably worked with Shava. She deals with onboarding new fiscal sponsorships and all things finance related. Her assistance includes, but is not limited to, processing incoming grant money and grant disbursements, bill paying, auditing, budgeting and reporting, and other aspects of financial management. Shava also maintains important documents for the foundation. If you need assistance with any of the above, feel free to reach Shava at (206) 332-9900 x19.

Erin Miller

Director of Advancement

Are you interested in learning about all the ways you can make a gift to the Seattle Parks Foundation and make a big impact on the future of our parks and public spaces? Do you want to fundraise to support our parks, but just don’t know where to start? Is your business looking for a meaningful way to benefit the community and engage your employees? If you answered “yes” to any of the above, then pick up the phone and call Erin. Really. She is happy to assist you and help navigate all of your giving questions. You can reach Erin at (206) 332-9900 x16.

Sean M. Watts

Director of Community Partnerships

Have you wondered how to turn that empty lot into a park? Do you own the lot and want to turn it into a park? Do you work for an organization or agency that improves access to green space for Seattle’s residents? Then reach out to Sean: let’s figure out how the Seattle Parks Foundation can help! Give Sean a call at (206) 332-9900 x12.

Robert Furlong

Operations Manager

Interested in how we operate our database? Robert is a liaison to our partners and supporters with any questions involving data and database inquiries, impact analyses, and grant information. You can reach Robert at (206) 332-9900 x20.

Michelle Benetua

Duwamish Valley Program Manager

Do you have any questions about projects in the Duwamish Valley? Interested in engaging more with community work in South Park and Georgetown?  Michelle works with stakeholders to identify, implement, and help steward priority park, trail, and publically accessible green space improvement throughout the Duwamish. You can reach Michelle at (206) 332-9900 x21.

Andrea Arenas

Donor Engagement Manager

Do you have questions about your recent contribution? Are you interested in making a gift over the phone? Andrea can help! You can reach Andrea at (206) 332-9900 x 23.

Dre Avila

Program Coordinator

Do you have an idea for a great project and are not sure if we can help? Are you excited to propose a new partnership? As Program Coordinator, Dre is the first line of communication when starting a collaboration between you and the Seattle Parks Foundation. Dre can also help connect you with the right staff at each stage of your project or partnership. For current partners, they can handle your reimbursement requests. Give Dre a call at (206) 332-9900 x10.

Jon Monteith

Communications Manager

Do you have questions about communications? Perhaps you have some parks and public space news or info you would like us to share on our website or social media. Jon can help! You can reach them at (206) 332-9900 x10.