William H. Clapp is a recognized social entrepreneur, thought leader, philanthropist, and executive with experience in both the international non-profit and for-profit sectors.
Bill helped found and lead the Matthew G. Norton Company, and, along with his wife Paula, founded three high-impact and high-profile non-profits: Global Partnerships, Global Washington, and Seattle International Foundation.
Bill started his career as a bush pilot and businessman in Alaska in 1967. He returned to his native Seattle in 1975 where he led the founding of Matthew G. Norton Company, a privately held company with investments in real estate, fisheries, heavy equipment, as well as a prominent hotel in Hawaii. Bill served as CEO and then Chairman for almost three decades, until 2002. The company is one of the largest private holders of industrial property in the State of Washington.
In 1992, Bill and his wife, Paula, developed an interest in international development and, after 2 years of research, founded Global Partnerships in 1994. Global Partnerships has become a leading international impact investor with over 155 partners to date, located in Central and South America, the Caribbean and Africa. Through loans and grants, Global Partnerships has impacted the lives of over 19.3 million people. Bill served as Executive Director of the organization until 2006.
In 2002, Bill cofounded the Initiative for Global Development with William H. Gates Sr., former U.S. Senator Daniel J. Evans, former EPA Administrator William D. Ruckelshaus, and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General John Shalikashvili. The organization, now headquartered in Washington DC, works to create successful businesses in Africa.
In 2006, Bill began discussions which eventually led to the founding of Global Washington in 2008. He served as the organization’s first chairman. Global Washington supports the global development community based in Washington state -- an association that includes more than 160 organizations working to create a healthier and more equitable and safer world. Global Washington hosts numerous events and an annual conference, publishes an annual international philanthropy guide, and represents and promotes the sector. It is unique in the US for its composition of such a diverse membership; NGO’s, business, foundations, philanthropists, and universities.
In 2008, Bill and Paula founded the Seattle International Foundation to both help grow the international philanthropy sector in Washington State and to support development in Central America where they began their work. Since 2008, SIF has granted or facilitated grants of over $20 million to 219 high impact organizations. It is the only foundation with a singular focus in Central America and plays host to the annual Central American Donors Forum which brings together a large array of foundations, agencies, country representatives and businesses to discuss strategies and progress in the region.. It publishes research and a guide for donors which highlights local NGO’s in Central America. SIF was also one of the founding members of the Central America Leadership Initiative. In May 2020, after 12 years of leadership and service at SIF and 28 years of commitment for change in Central America, Bill and Paula elected to retire from Seattle International Foundation and their work in the region.
Bill and Paula also have strong philanthropic ties to Seattle. Bill has been recognized for his international work, has written op-eds and essays on topics of international development, and been a frequent participant in development conferences and panels.
Bill also served on the boards of Alaska Air Group for20 years, and Weyerhaeuser for16 years. He has also served on numerous private company boards and community committees.
Bill and Paula live in Seattle and enjoy spending their free time on Orcas Island.
Paula Clapp co-founded Global Partnerships in 1994 with her husband, Bill Clapp, to promote economic opportunity for people living in poverty in Latin America.
In 2007, Paula and Bill started the Seattle International Foundation to promote international development, awareness and philanthropy in Seattle. Paula has also invested in a movie called SOLD to raise awareness about sex trafficking; she and a group of passionate Seattle women co-founded the nonprofit StolenYouth to raise awareness and funds to help rescue and recover local youth who are forced into prostitution. In addition to these organizations, Paula has served on the boards of Make A Wish Foundation, One World Now, the Medina Foundation and the Vestry of St. Mark’s Cathedral. She was also a founding member of the Washington Women's Foundation. In addition, she has volunteered with Women's Funding Alliance, Accion U.S., Habitat for Humanity and Children's Orthopedic. Paula holds a master's degree in counseling and worked as a middle school counselor at Zion Preparatory Academy. Paula and Bill recently received the AK Guy award from the YMCA for their volunteerism and were earlier recognized for their philanthropy. In 2014, Paula received the Unsung Heroes of Compassion award from His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Prior to his current tenure as a GP Board member, Peter was the Chief Research & Impact Officer at GP. Peter had also previously served on GP’s Board of Directors before becoming a full-time GP staff person in 2012.
Prior to joining GP, Peter was the executive vice president of programs and regions at Grameen Foundation (GF) where he oversaw all microfinance and technology programs as well as the foundation's global strategies. He joined GF in 2001 when he founded the Grameen Technology Center and built it into a global leader in using information and communication technologies for alleviating poverty. Peter started his career at Microsoft Corporation in 1987, where he spent a decade in a variety of leadership roles focused on international work, product support and marketing. Peter has served on boards in Africa and the Middle East focused on village phone and microfinance activities, as well as local Seattle boards. He currently serves on the board of Grameen Foundation. Peter has a degree in mathematics and economics from the University of Uppsala Sweden.
Kurt DelBene is Microsoft’s executive vice president of Corporate Strategy, Core Services Engineering and Operations, leading the company’s cross-engineering and cross-business strategy, execution and planning initiatives.
DelBene, previously with Microsoft as president of the Office Division, rejoined Microsoft in April 2015 after helping President Obama fix Healthcare.gov, the enrollment website for the Affordable Care Act, and after being a venture partner with Madrona Venture Group.
From December 2013 to July 2014, in his work on Healthcare.gov as senior advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, DelBene helped assess and implement the path through the first Open Enrollment period, including troubleshooting issues encountered along the way, and setting the project up for long-term success. He was also the liaison to White House and Health and Human Services senior leadership.
As president of the Microsoft Office Division from 2010-2013, DelBene was responsible for driving Microsoft’s global productivity strategy for information workers. DelBene oversaw the engineering and marketing functions for a wide range of productivity products and services, including Office, Office 365, Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project and Visio.
Previously, he served as the senior vice president for the Microsoft Business Division, responsible for the development of client and server software that collectively delivers to organizations and individuals a holistic productivity experience, including authoring, collaboration, communications, information sharing and project management. In this role, he oversaw development teams in the Office engineering organization including Office desktop applications, Office Web Applications, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Office Communications Server and Office Labs.
DelBene joined Microsoft in 1992 and has served in several roles in Microsoft’s product development teams. He served as vice president of Authoring and Collaboration Services, responsible for the development of Office’s document and Web-page authoring and collaboration products. He also served as the general manager of Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft’s messaging and personal-information-management application. He has also served as group program manager for Microsoft Exchange, responsible for the Microsoft Exchange client and Schedule+, and group manager in Microsoft’s Systems Division, responsible for fax and embedded systems software.
Prior to joining Microsoft, DelBene was a management consultant with McKinsey and Company, focusing on business strategy for technology companies. He has also worked as a software developer and systems engineer for AT&T Bell Laboratories, working in graphics and imaging software and network switching systems.
DelBene holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago, a Master of Science degree from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from the University of Arizona.
Curtis B. Fraser
Curt Fraser is the Market Manager for the Middle Market commercial banking group for the Pacific Northwest.
In this role, he provides local leadership and financial solutions to companies with revenues between $20 million and $500 million. Curt holds over two decades of banking experience, all with JPMorgan Chase and its predecessor organizations.
Prior to becoming the Market Manager for Washington in 2009 and later Oregon in 2012, Curt served as the market manager for three regions in Wisconsin. Curt began his career at American National Bank, a legacy organization, as an analyst in the credit training program and soon became a commercial banker serving the Chicago and Milwaukee markets. In 2001, he became the Division Manager for Waukesha, Wisconsin, and advanced to the level of Market Manager is 2005.
An active member of his community, Curt serves on the Board of Trustees for the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce as well as the Board of Directors for Global Partnerships, a Seattle based nonprofit impact investor, where he is Chair of the Investment Committee. In addition, Curt serves as a mentor for the Foster MBA Career Management at the University of Washington and holds a leadership role on the JPMorgan Chase local contributions committee, where he advises on foundation investments in the Pacific Northwest.
Curt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Iowa.
Curt resides in the Seattle area with his wife and three children.
Enrique Godreau III
Enrique has been active in the information technology industry for over 30 years. His experience includes 15 years in research, product development and business management, and over 15 years in startup investing.
He has co-founded several businesses including Voyager Capital in 1996, a Seattle-based venture capital firm and 9Mile Labs, a technology startup accelerator.
Previously, he held a variety of roles with several industry-leading businesses including Gartner, Adobe, and Xerox PARC. He is an active advisor or director with many startup, nonprofit and educational organizations and a frequent speaker in the areas of entrepreneurship, emerging technologies and venture capital. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
President and Board Co-Chair
Mike Galgon is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Pioneer Square Labs, a Seattle-based startup studio and venture fund. For the past two decades, Galgon has been an entrepreneur, angel investor, and impact investor in Seattle.
In 1997, he co-founded Avenue A, which grew to become the world's largest independent digital agency. Avenue A spawned multiple other digital marketing companies, including Atlas and DRIVEpm, which collectively traded as aQuantive (Nasdaq: AQNT). After the sale of aQuantive to Microsoft in 2007, Galgon served as its Chief Advertising Strategist until 2009. Since then, Galgon has actively committed himself to early-stage technology investing, impact investing, and education. He currently serves on the boards of technology companies Ad Lightning, Flexe, Pixvana, and Pipeline Deals; of impact investor Global Partnerships; and of educational leaders The Bush School and The Thacher School. Prior to founding aQuantive, Mike served with Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) in inner-city Boston, and as a diving officer in the U.S. Navy. Mike holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and a bachelor's degree in economics from Duke University.
Dr. Bert Green
Dr. Bert Green has been a leading interventional cardiologist and has participated in the development of medical devices.
After participation in the early adaption of catheter based approaches to heart disease, he was instrumental in developing the treatment of non-cardiac vascular disease utilizing minimally invasive technology and techniques.
He remains on staff of Swedish Hospital Medical Center and had been on the Clinical Faculty of the University of Washington Medical Center.
He received a B.S. in Biochemistry from the City University of New York and his M.D. from the Medical College of Pennsylvania prior to completing his Cardiology Fellowship at the UWMC. Dr. Green lives with his wife, Alexandra Brookshire, and their three children in Seattle.
Gregg S. Johnson
Through his firm, Johnson Consulting Associates LLC, Gregg provides senior-level advisory and coaching services to a variety of for-profit and non-profit organizations.
Prior to starting his company, Gregg was a senior executive at Starbucks Coffee Company for over thirteen years, and also has extensive executive experience in the hotel, resort, catering and restaurant industries.
In addition to his board service at Global Partnerships, Gregg serves on the boards of several social enterproise, non-profits, and privately held for-profit companies.
Gregg earned a bachelor's degree from the Harrah College of Hotel Administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and currently lives in Sammamish, Washington with his wife, Nancy. They have two grown children.
Ed has 30+ years of experience helping families of significant means manage their financial wealth. In January 2018, Ed became Executive Director for Milburn Services, LLC, the family office for the four generations of the Katherine Belk family in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Prior to Milburn, Ed was President of Threshold Group, a Seattle-based multifamily office from 2001 until its sale in late 2017. Ed had overall responsibility for the creation and delivery of Threshold’s integrated wealth management service offering, including Threshold’s pioneering impact investing practice.
Ed was also a partner in Arthur Andersen’s Family Wealth Planning practice and headed their North and South Carolina Core Tax Services group of some 65 professionals. His estate and income tax planning background, family business consulting and registered investment advisory experience was brought to bear for clients facing the complex issues of family-owned and operated enterprises. He co-authored and/or taught numerous courses to his Andersen colleagues, including their Intermediate and Advanced Family Wealth Planning tracks. He was Andersen’s liaison to the North Carolina Family Business Forum, playing a key role in its creation and in building its constituency.
Ed’s philanthropic passions are rooted in education. Ed is a former member of the Family Office Exchange Advisory Board; the Alumni Association board of his alma mater, Valparaiso University; Treasurer of Communities in Schools of Peninsula (Gig Harbor); board member of the Innovation Entrepreneurship Center at the Albers School of Business, Seattle University and the Chair of the College Success Foundation in Tacoma, Washington. Ed currently serves on the advisory board for the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington. Ed is a Certified Public Accountant and Personal Financial Specialist in the states of Washington and North Carolina and is a member of the national and Washington CPA societies. Ed is a frequent writer and speaker on families and family office industry issues. He and his wife Paula (also a Valparaiso graduate) have three children.
Carla Lewis first became engaged with Global Partnerships when she traveled on an Impact Journey to El Salvador in April 2008, and she has been engaged as a supporter ever since, and as a Board Director since 2015.
Carla’s career experience includes 25 years in the corporate world, with executive leadership roles in treasury, finance, investor communications, strategic planning, and business management at Paccar and Microsoft. Transitioning to the non-profit sector, Carla then served as the President of Washington Women’s Foundation during 2008-2014. Active in the nonprofit arena, Carla serves on the Boards of Seattle Art Museum, Friends of Waterfront Seattle, and the Microsoft Alumni Network, with previous service on the Boards of Santa Clara University, Seattle Public Library Foundation, Seattle Parks Foundation, Seattle Preparatory School, Forest Ridge School, Seattle Opera and others. Carla and her husband Don live in Seattle.
Matthew R. McBrady, Ph.D. is the Chief Investment Officer for BlackRock's Multi-Strategy (MuSt) hedge fund platform within the Multi-Asset Strategies Group.
He is responsible for strategy selection, portfolio construction, risk management and implementation across MuSt portfolios.
Prior to joining BlackRock in 2014, Dr. McBrady served as a Managing Director and head of Investment Strategy and Risk Management at Silver Creek Capital Management, a fund of hedge funds investment manager. From 2006 to 2008, he was a Vice President in the North American Private Equity with Bain Capital, where he was involved in structuring, negotiating and executing a wide range of private equity deals. Before moving to the private sector, Dr. McBrady was a professor of finance at the Darden School of the University of Virginia and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He received teaching awards while at both schools. Earlier in his career, he worked with Janet Yellen in President Clinton's Council of Economic Advisors and with Timothy Geithner in the U.S. Treasury's Office of Policy Development and Review.
Dr. McBrady has published research in publications including the Journal of Financial Intermediation, Review of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Journal of Restructuring Finance. He also was a co-author of two Harvard Business School case studies, and co-author of a chapter in the Encyclopedia of Financial Globalization.
Dr. McBrady earned an A.B. degree in Economics from Harvard College in 1992, an M.Sc. in Economics for Development from Oxford University in 1993, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a Ph.D. in Business Economics in 2002 from Harvard University.
H. Stewart Parker
H. Stewart Parker is the Principal of Parker BioConsulting. From March 2011 to January 2014, she served as Chief Executive Officer of the Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI),
IDRI is a global health research institute developing diagnostics, vaccines, and treatments for neglected diseases. Prior to IDRI, she served as the Commercialization Consultant for the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association (WBBA), assisting emerging companies in their business planning, strategy, and fundraising.
She is an entrepreneur and was the founder and former President and CEO of Targeted Genetics Corporation (Nasdaq: TGEN), a Seattle biotechnology company formed to develop gene based treatments for acquired and inherited disease. She held the position of CEO since the company’s inception until November 2008.
Prior to forming Targeted Genetics, from 1981-1992 she held various positions at Immunex Corporation, ending her tenure there as Vice President, Corporate Development and President, CEO and Board Member of Receptech Corporation.
She is the recipient of many awards, including:
1999 Forbes ASAP Magazine, top 25 most influential players in biotechnology
2000 and 2001 Finalist awards, Ernst & Young Pacific NW Entrepreneur of the Year
2001 SBA Western Washington Small Business Person of the Year
2001 Forum for Women Entrepreneurs’ 2001 Entrepreneur of the Year
2005 Puget Sound Business Journal’s 20 Women of Influence
She currently serves as a member of several for profit and nonprofit boards of directors.
Rosario Pérez is the President/Owner of RP ADVISORS, LLC, an investment advisory firm based in New York City dedicated to serving women entrepreneurs.
Prior to that Ms. Perez was CEO/President of Pro Mujer Inc., an organization offering financial, educational and health services to 300,000 women in Latin America. Based at international headquarters in New York City she oversaw a team of 2,100 employees across Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru.
Rosario joined Pro Mujer from 2008 to 2015, following a distinguished career in banking, culminating in her appointment as the executive in charge of J.P.Morgan Chase’s Latin American Private Bank. In this role Ms. Perez was responsible for overall client management, operations and financial performance from 1997 until 2005. She oversaw the successful execution of Chase/J.P.Morgan merger which included 475 employees in 10 offices worldwide, $30 billion dollars in assets under management and $280 million dollars in revenue.
A sought-after thought leader on women’s social and financial inclusion, Rosario has spoken at numerous international conferences, including the World Economic Forum, the Women’s Forum and Women Deliver. In 2014 she was named a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur for her leadership in implementing Pro Mujer’s ground-breaking market-based healthcare solutions for women.
Rosario has served on numerous non for profit boards including Helen Keller International and is presently on the board of Global Partnerships, a social impact investment organization based in Seattle, Washington; and is also on the board of Kering Corporate Foundation, which combats violence against women.
Originally from Chihuahua, Mexico Rosario received her B.A. in International Relations from the University of the Americas (Mexico) and a M.A. in European History from Yale University.
Tim is a Managing Director at Madrona Venture Group, a Seattle-based venture capital firm founded in 1995 with $1.7 billion under management that invests in early-stage technology companies.
Tim is focused on investing in business-to-business software companies in the Pacific Northwest, particularly in the areas of cloud computing, software-as-a-service, machine learning, and cybersecurity. He is a board member of numerous Madrona portfolio companies including Algorithmia, Echodyne, Eclypsium, Highspot, Jama Software and Saykara.
In addition to his work at Madrona, Tim is a member of the Investment Committee for Seattle Pacific University, the Alliance of Angels Seed Fund I and is on the board of the Technology Alliance. Tim was formerly on the boards of the Washington Industry Technology Alliance and Villa Academy. Tim also serves on the Investment Committee for Global Partnerships’ Social Venture Fund.
Prior to joining Madrona in 2006, Tim was a key member of Microsoft’s Corporate Development group, where he shared responsibilities for sourcing, structuring, and negotiating Microsoft’s acquisitions, strategic investments and joint ventures. Earlier in his career, Tim worked nearly five years for broadband satellite start-up Teledesic, spending his last year there also working for Craig McCaw’s Eagle River Investments.
Outside of work, Tim enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, especially skiing, fishing, playing and watching sports.
Tim received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Bill Richter is CEO of Qumulo, a cloud-based, data storage company. Bill is also a Venture Partner at the Madrona Venture Group where he advises emerging businesses across multiple categories.
Previously, he was President of the Isilon Storage Division of EMC, where he grew the business to $1.5 billion in annual revenue in 2014. Prior to Isilon, Bill served as COO of EMC’s $4 billion Midrange Storage business. Bill was a Director in the finance department of Amazon.com, where he focused on scaling global accounting operations for the rapidly expanding business. Bill started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
Bill serves on the boards of the Qumulo, Skytap, Lumatax and the Washington Technology Industry Association. Bill holds a BA in Business Administration from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.
Mr. Silva is the founder of OMTRIX, a Costa Rica based privately owned fund management and financial consulting company specializing in the provision of services to the Impact Investing industry.
Alex, who previously was the Central American Representative for the Inter-American Investment Corporation (now BID-Invest), has more than 30 years of experience in international finance and corporate governance with expertise in the evaluation and appraisal of financial intermediaries, financial engineering, and strategic planning as well as the design, fundraising and management of impact oriented investment funds.
He has in-depth knowledge of the Latin American, Caribbean, MENA, and Sub-Saharan African financial inclusion markets. Alex has a vast experience working with bi/multilateral institutions and development financial institutions in general.
Funds for which Mr. Silva has been involved in launching and managing include: the Higher Education Finance Fund – HEFF (a US$ 35 million student loan Facility spearheaded by KfW), the Emergency Liquidity Facility–ELF (a US$ 12 Million lender-of-last-resort for the microfinance industry), the Risk Management Facility – RMF (a US$ 4 million technical assistance facility spearheaded by FMO), and ProFund (the first equity fund dedicated to inclusive finance).
Currently, Mr. Silva serves in the boards of Financiera Compartamos in Peru and ENLACE in El Salvador. He has lectured on microfinance investment and governance of microcredit institutions at Boulder’s Economics Institute as well as participated as a speaker in several seminars in multiple international venues. He has been and advisor and lecturer at the Africa Board Fellowship Program since inception.
Alex has also successfully led most of the consulting assignments of OMTRIX for such clients as the IFC/Word Bank, OeEB, Triodos, IADB, ADA, ACCION, Aga Khan Foundation, and DFID. This has allowed him to gain valuable experience and knowledge on how successful – and not so successful – institutions work. Mr. Silva also derives valuable insights from having served in multiple board of directors of several MFIs (more than 20) as well as several international organizations (including AFRICAP, CGAP, the MIX, MicroRate and MFX). Mr. Silva has also served in the International Board of Habitat for Humanity (as well as in the Board of its related MicroBuild Fund; a Fund for which he was involved in the design and implementation phase).
Mr. Silva holds a BA and a MBA from Cornell University. He has also collaborated in the preparation and review of multiple papers and documents pertaining to micro- finance and sustainable development in general. Alex is fluent in both Spanish and English and has working knowledge of Portuguese and French.
Laurie J. Spengler
Laurie J. Spengler is an impact investment banker, board member and active contributor to the impact investing industry. Among her current board engagements, she serves as a non-executive director of the CDC Group (the UK DFI), the UK Impact Investing Institute and Bridges Insights.
Laurie serves as Global Ambassador to the Global Steering Group on Impact Investing and is Senior Fellow and Advisory Council member at Casei3 at the Fuqua Business School. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Previously, Laurie was CEO of Enclude Ltd. and Enclude Capital UK Limited, formerly part of the Shore Bank and Triodos family of companies, and now a Palladium Company. Prior to building Enclude Capital, Laurie was founder and CEO of Central European Advisory Group, a regional advisory firm she sold to her management team in 2005. She also worked as an attorney with the New York, Brussels and Prague offices of White & Case. Laurie has a JD from Harvard University and an undergraduate degree from Stanford University.
Jane Stonecipher is an experienced non-profit executive, with a special focus on bringing business and financial acumen to leading community institutions. She is currently the Executive Director of the Arboretum Foundation.
Jane previously held senior finance and marketing positions with Western Wireless Corporation and the personal computer division of Hewlett Packard. In 2007, Jane moved to the nonprofit sector and became CFO of Epiphany School, leading the financing efforts for a campus expansion and then subsequently ran the business and visitor operations at the Woodland Park Zoo. Jane has been a trustee of Pacific Northwest Ballet and the St. Mark’s Foundation, served as a volunteer with Lakeside School and Girl Scouts of Western WA and is currently the Vice-Chair of the UW Medicine finance committee. She holds a MBA from Harvard Business School and an accounting degree from the University of Alabama.
Robert B. Van Cleve
Robert is an attorney with Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson P.S. His legal practice focuses on representation of corporations, limited liability companies, and individuals in business and corporate law matters.
He frequently acts in the role of outside general counsel for clients, which gives him a breadth of experience in corporate governance, employment law, contracts, commercial transactions, and strategic advice. In addition to that broader role, he has extensive experience in securities, mergers and acquisitions, and technology issues. He is a member of the firm’s management committee.
Robert earned his A.B. degree from Princeton University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia. Among his community activities, he has served as a council member and chair of the Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority; board member and president of First Place School; board member of Citizens for Pike Place Market; and board member of Rad Racing NW, a regional junior cycling development team.
Maggie is currently the Chair of the Board of the National Audubon Society; Chair of Global Partnerships – an international impact investor; Chair of the Central Waterfront Steering committee and of Friends of Waterfront Seattle; and Chair of the UW College of the Environment Advisory Board.
Maggie Walker was born and raised in Summit , New Jersey. She attended Oak Knoll School until 1968 when she moved to Greenville, South Carolina where she met Doug Walker. Both attended Vanderbilt University, then married and moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington where Maggie earned degrees in History and Journalism and Doug did graduate work in Mathematics.
For fifteen years Maggie worked in the commercial furnishings and design industry in the Northwest while Doug founded a software firm, WRQ. Following the birth of their only child, Maggie became very active in the non-profit community.
Over the last 25 years, Maggie has led the boards of many organizations: Henry Art Gallery at UW ; the Woodland Park Zoo; MOHAI; Seattle Foundation; Seattle Art Museum; Bullitt Foundation; Washington Women’s Foundation; ARCS Foundation; and the UW College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board.
Doug and Maggie were founders of Social Venture Partners, and Maggie helped to form Cultural Access Washington. She and Doug led the campaign to create Lake Union Park. Maggie received the James Ellis Regional leadership Award in 2013 and she and Doug received the Gates Volunteer Award in 2016 from UW. In 2017 she was named a Woman of Courage by Senator Maria Cantwell .
Doug passed away in 2015 in a climbing accident. Maggie continues her philanthropic work as President of the Walker Family Foundation.