United Way Leadership

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Board Members

We are grateful for and inspired by the lived experience and leadership these talented individuals bring to United Way in service of the community.  They are united in the vision to realize an equitable and just community where all people thrive.

Maud Daudon

Board Chair
Executive Leader, Career Connect Washington

Maud Daudon

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Seeing how big and broad the reach that United Way has in King County has been awe-inspiring for me. There’s no one else who can be on 10 different campuses supporting college students to stay in school—and do it as well as United Way has.

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Scott Meden

Campaign Co-Chair
Retired, Chief Marketing Officer, Nordstrom

Scott Meden

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My work on the board has given me a much deeper understanding of the needs of our community, the positive impact United Way of King County has and how much further we have to go, particularly regarding racial equity.

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Patty Meden

Campaign Co-Chair
Community Volunteer

Patty Meden

If you really want to make an impact on the challenges facing our community, United Way is the right place to do it.

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Brent Beardall

CEO, WaFd Bank

Brent Beardall

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Brent Beardall is the Chief Executive Officer at Washington Federal. When he stepped into that role in July 2016, he became only the sixth President of Washington Federal. His motto is simple but focused. Love what you do. Make a difference.

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Kate Behncken

CVP, Microsoft Philanthropies

Kate Behncken

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Kate leads Microsoft Philanthropies, a global, multi-disciplinary team that brings together corporate social responsibility, sales and engineering functions to help drive inclusive economic growth. In addition to her work with United Way, Kate serves on the board of Titletown Tech, Generation Unlimited (UNICEF) and is a member of the CARE Corporate Council.

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Carmen Best

Director of Global Security Risk Operations, Microsoft

Carmen Best

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Carmen Best served with the Seattle Police Department for 30 years retiring in 2020 and is currently Director of Global Security Risk Operations at Microsoft. She serves on the Trustee Board for Lakeside School, the Visit Seattle Advisory Board and the National Law Enforcement Exploring Committee. Best is also the Leadership Council Chair for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Seattle and serves on the St. Jude Advisory Council for Seattle.

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Jeff Bradley

Retired, Senior VP, AT&T

Jeff Bradley

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I have been impressed with United Way’s approach. Seeing how they test programs, innovate, learn and then take what works and make that as far reaching as the need is has been inspiring to see.

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Jonathan Burks

Treasurer
Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Jonathan Burks

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The board of directors’ experience and ability to help the community in a meaningful way is incredibly important to me. I am passionate about helping children get the best start possible with the ParentChild+ program and I am honored to be part of this great organization and the good that it does for the community.

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Dave Burman

Partner, Perkins Coie

Dave Burman

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I’ve tried to do my share of pro bono representation, including several death-row inmates, free speech cases, gay and immigrant rights, and other constitutional cases because I am committed to helping make sure people get a fair shot.

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Lisa Chin, Ph.D.

CEO, Treehouse

Lisa Chin, Ph.D.

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United Way of King County brings out the best for and in all of our communities. Together we uplift all of our sisters and brothers, and the world becomes the joyful place where our neighbors thrive alongside us.

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Sean Goode

Executive Director, Choose 180

Sean Goode

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Sean Goode is the executive director of nonprofit CHOOSE 180 that works to decriminalize youthful behavior by elevating the transformative power of grace and through the creation of alternatives to the criminal legal system. Goode has been appointed by the governor to the Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice where he serves as the vice-chair addressing statewide issues of the criminalization of adolescent behavior.

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Michael Greer

CEO, ArtsFund

Michael Greer

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Michael Greer is the President & CEO of ArtsFund. As a former professional dancer and experienced executive, Greer’s leadership experience spans both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. He previously held roles as the executive director of Oregon Ballet Theatre and Portland Ballet in Maine.

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Craig Gryniewicz

VP PACCAR, Inc. & President of PACCAR Financial Corp.

Craig Gryniewicz

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Craig Gryniewicz joined PACCAR in 2007 and was elected PACCAR Inc. Vice President and President of PACCAR Financial Corp. in February 2019. He has been active with United Way of King County, successfully chairing PACCAR’s annual employee giving campaign and serving on the United Way of King County Fundraising Cabinet for four years.

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Brian Hall

VP Product Marketing, Google Cloud, Google

Brian Hall

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I have lived in King County my whole life, except for college. I am passionate about providing all our residents fantastic opportunities and enlisting more people within the community to help there. I have been impressed with United Way of King County since I first learned and started contributing in the late 1990s at Microsoft.

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Steve Hooper, Jr.

President, Ethan Stowell Restaurants

Steve Hooper, Jr.

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Steve Hooper, Jr. is the President of Ethan Stowell Restaurants (ESR). Hooper was the co-founder and CEO for Kigo Kitchen, leading it from inception through the sale to ESR. Prior to co-founding Kigo Kitchen, he was a student at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and worked in the finance and investment banking industries.

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Nathan James

Senior VP, GMMB

Nathan James

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Nathan James is a senior vice president at GMMB, a strategic communications firm specializing in social change campaigns. He focuses on early childhood and K-12 education, working with clients that are dedicated to expanding opportunity for all students. James serves on the board of the Washington State Budget and Policy Center.

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Tiffany Johnson

Head of Underrepresented Founder Startups, AWS Activate

Tiffany Johnson

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Tiffany Johnson is a Program Manager at Amazon, where she helps businesses scale and grow on Amazon stores. She spearheaded Amazon’s Black Business Accelerator, a $150 million investment to support black-owned businesses. Johnson is also the Founder and CEO of Moozii, a brand that provides feminine care, wellness and beauty products, with a special focus on creating equal access and awareness about more sustainable products for all women.

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Bree Kame’ enui

Senior Corporate Counsel, Weyerhaeuser

Bree Kame’ enui

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Bree Kame’enui is Senior Corporate Counsel at Weyerhaeuser. Kame’enui is a former Trustee of the King County Bar Association and former board member for the Friends of the Educational Opportunity Board within the Office of Minority & Diversity at the University of Washington. Kame’enui current serves as a volunteer with Amara and as a board member with Chief Seattle Club, Inc.

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Shkëlqim Kelmendi

Executive Director, Housing Connector

Shkëlqim Kelmendi

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I believe United Way plays a key role in our community and has the power to move the needle in ending the cycle of poverty through a range of strategies. I am excited to bring an entrepreneurial approach to the Board and partner with others to move the organization forward.

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Bo Lee

Market President – Pacific Northwest, BNY Mellon

Bo Lee

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Bo Lee works as a trusted advisor to private clients and foundations to deliver customized wealth management solutions utilizing the extensive array of services available at BNY Mellon as the Vice President of Wealth Management. With over 20 years of experience in the wealth management industry, Lee has built deep relationships with clients and professional advisors.

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Sandra E. Madrid, Ph.D.

Former Assistant Dean, University of Washington, School of Law

Sandra E. Madrid, Ph.D.

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I am inspired to serve on the board of United Way of King County and further their work of working towards a racially just community where ALL people thrive.

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Luis Masieri

Vice Chair
Principal Product Manager, Microsoft

Luis Masieri

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The changes our community, and world, need are big—and it’s going to take all of us. Giving young people a chance to plug into the community and eventually grow their giving and involvement is important for our future success.

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Michelle Merriweather

President & CEO, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle

Michelle Merriweather

I truly appreciate and admire the work and leadership of United Way of King County. I look forward to leaning in and supporting the great work that is being done. I hope that I will bring the voice of those we all work together to serve, and hope to serve better, in our conversations and decisions.

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Ann Munson Steines

Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Nordstrom, Inc.

Ann Munson Steines

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The issues of homelessness, poverty and lack of educational opportunity are interconnected. United Way’s approach reflects this. The board is committed to making sure we meet people’s immediate needs and change the systems that cause these issues in the first place.

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Carol K. Nelson

CEO, Monzo, Inc.

Carol K. Nelson

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Carol Nelson served as a Strategic Advisor and Director to startup FinTech Monzo Inc. and US CEO from 2019 to 2022. Prior to joining Monzo, Nelson was a top executive at KeyBank and served as Agency Director and CEO of the Department of Revenue for the State of Washington where she was a member of the Governor’s Executive Cabinet.

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Peter Orser

Housing Advocate

Peter Orser

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Peter Orser is best known for his work with Quadrant Homes where he served for almost 25 years, helping to make Quadrant Washington’s leading homebuilder, serving as President of the Company from 2003 through 2010. In October of 2010 he assumed the role of President and CEO of the Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company where he oversaw five different homebuilding operations across the Country.

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Eduardo M. Peñalver

President, Seattle University

Eduardo M. Peñalver

Eduardo M. Peñalver is the President of Seattle University. Professor Peñalver previously served as the John P. Wilson Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School and taught at Cornell Law School and at Fordham Law School. He has also been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and Yale Law School. He was the Allan R. Tessler Dean from 2014 to 2021, serving as the first Latino dean of an Ivy League law school.

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Eric Pettigrew

Secretary
VP of Government Relations, Seattle Kraken

Eric Pettigrew

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Eric Pettigrew is the VP of Government Relations and Outreach at Seattle Kraken. Prior to this he served in the Washington State House of Representatives, working to promote economic development, create new affordable housing and expand educational opportunities.

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Mala Raman

Community Volunteer

Mala Raman

Our family cares deeply about education. United Way’s work to help low-income college students complete a degree or certification helps break the cycle of poverty for so many.

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Omar Riojas

Partner, Goldfarb & Huck, Roth, Riojas PLLC

Omar Riojas

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United Way of King County is uniquely situated to make a difference in our community. I am proud of United Way’s positive impact and ability to change lives.

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Fred Rivera

Executive VP & General Counsel, Seattle Mariners

Fred Rivera

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I’ve found my volunteer experience with United Way incredibly rewarding. Having the chance to bring different people, companies and organizations together to launch a new program that helps prevents evictions has been a highlight and something I’m proud to have been a part of.

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Andy Schneider

SVP of People, Alaska Airlines

Andy Schneider

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In my role at Alaska Airlines, I’m focused on our people and creating a first class workplace for them and their families. I love that with United Way I am able to keep that focus on people, because that is what community is.

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Ambika Singh

CEO, Armoire

Ambika Singh

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I love United Way because the organization embodies our idea of community. We believe that a society which acknowledges interconnectivity as a value and protects the health and happiness of community members as such is where we want to live. I am proud that United Way is committed to that work.

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Rachel Smith

President & CEO, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

Rachel Smith

Rachel Smith is the President and CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Prior to her Chamber role, she served as Deputy County Executive and Chief of Staff to King County Executive Dow Constantine, as well as serving as Government and Community Relations Officer for the regional transit agency, Sound Transit, and in the administration of former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels.

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Jonathan Sposato

Chairman, Geekwire.com; CEO, PicMonkey; Owner, Seattle Magazine & Seattle Business Magazine

Jonathan Sposato

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I absolutely love how United Way is listening to and lifting up the voices from the communities we are serving. Those closest to the challenges best know the solutions.

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Denise Stiffarm

Partner, Pacifica Law Group

Denise Stiffarm

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I enjoy bringing people together to learn more about how they can help our community. I’m passionate about fighting homelessness and enjoy advocating for United Way’s work and the impact it is having for those experiencing homelessness in King County.

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Leigh Toner

Community Volunteer

Leigh Toner

I know what a difference education can make—and how many obstacles there are for people to finish school, particularly for students of color. I’m passionate about United Way’s Bridge to Finish and supporting college students so they can focus on graduating.

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Brady P. Walkinshaw

CEO, Grist

Brady P. Walkinshaw

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I believe that real change happens at the public policy level. Working with United Way to influence changes at the state level that directly benefit our community has been my favorite part about serving on the board.

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Mika Yamamoto

Chief Marketing & Customer Experience Officer, F5

Mika Yamamoto

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I enjoy being a board member of United Way because we can deliver impact at scale. It’s inspiring to be a part of the work and join with such a talented and dedicated group of people. I am excited to have the opportunity for my entire family to give back, together.

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Senior Leadership

Our leadership team is dedicated to bringing the community together to work toward racial justice by supporting our neighbors and transforming inequitable systems. They strive to create a welcoming and inclusive workplace where everyone can be their authentic selves.

Gordon McHenry, Jr.

President & CEO, United Way of King County

Gordon McHenry, Jr.

I’m inspired by the generosity of our region, and I am firmly committed to meeting the immediate needs of our neighbors in the community and to change the systems that create or perpetuate these inequities.

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Nadia Gandara

Director of Racial Equity Strategies

Nadia Gandara

Nadia works cross-org, with staff and volunteers alike, to advance racial equity. With her background, running our board training program for people of color and leading internal efforts to undo institutionalized racism, she embodies what it means to LIVE UNITED.

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Chris Hynes

Chief Marketing Officer

Chris Hynes

Chris’s creative agency background and commitment to social justice shape her leadership. From systemic change to front-line volunteering, her fresh ideas influence the communications and strategy of the team.

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Jennifer Johnston

Chief Financial Officer

Jennifer Johnston

It’s a pretty special feeling to know that the work that you and your team are doing directly contributes to making a difference for our neighbors, particularly those in traditionally underserved communities.

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Sara Levin

Chief Impact Officer

Sara Levin

Sara leads the team charged with grant making, public policy, planning and volunteer engagement. Her prior roles in leadership at the City of Seattle and two direct service nonprofits make for strong relationships throughout the community.

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Elizabeth Sto. Domingo

Chief Human Resources Officer

Elizabeth Sto. Domingo

Elizabeth is an experienced strategic HR leader, results-focused and passionate about centering people, culture, and dismantling systemic racism. Enhancing employee experience while positioning the organization for the future is at the heart of everything Elizabeth does.

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Carolyn Taggart

Chief of Staff

Carolyn Taggart

Carolyn works closely with the CEO and the rest of the Senior Leadership Team to enhance the delivery of the organization’s strategic goals. As well as leading organization-wide strategic projects and initiatives, Carolyn oversees board operations and relations

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Erica Wiley

Chief Philanthropy Officer

Erica Wiley

Since 2001, Erica has championed cross-departmental collaboration at United Way and helped people live their values through philanthropy. She is an active volunteer and a strong community voice in the work to fight homelessness in King County.

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