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Philanthropy Northwest Network Call - Where We're Going: The Future of Philanthropy in the NW

Philanthropy Northwest Network Call - Where We're Going: The Future of Philanthropy in the NW

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Event details

Friday, April 19, 2024
10:00am to 11:00am PDT

About this event

What kind of Northwest do you want to see? At Philanthropy Northwest, we envision a future of equity and racial justice for all, and we see philanthropy as a key driver in bringing that vision to fruition. Join us to explore Philanthropy Northwest's refreshed strategy and mission with Philanthropy Northwest's CEO Jill Nishi and Philanthropy Northwest's board members Shona Carter and Warren Brown. In this special edition Network Call we will discuss the transformative power of collaborative action, hear your vision for our region's future and imagine philanthropy's role in moving this forward. 


Jill Nishi, CEO, Philanthropy Northwest

Jill comes to Philanthropy Northwest and The Giving Practice with more than two decades of leadership in the philanthropic and public sectors. She is energized by bringing people, resources and great ideas together to build greater racial and economic equity and is eager to partner with our members and clients to actualize a more just future for our northwest communities. 

Before her role as CEO of Philanthropy Northwest and The Giving Practice, Jill served in various leadership capacities at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, most recently as the director of strategy, planning and management and chief of staff for the U.S. Program. As a local government leader, she served as the director of the City of Seattle's Office of Economic Development. Jill previously established her own independent consultancy for philanthropic, nonprofit and government clients; and was a management consultant with Deloitte in their public sector practice.   

Jill is a fourth-generation Japanese-American and Seattleite, raising a teen, tween and pandemic puppy alongside her husband. She recently hung up her running shoes for a pickleball racquet. Passionate about sharing the stories of the Asian American experience, she serves as board co-president for the Wing Luke Museum.


Warren Brown, Executive Director, College Spark

Dr. Brown joined College Spark in 2020. Before College Spark, Dr. Brown served as the president of North Seattle College. Over the last two decades, he has been a professor and administrator, developing partnerships with various school districts, nonprofit organizations, universities and community colleges. He holds a masters in nonprofit administration and a doctorate in education focusing on improving higher education curriculum and instruction, with an emphasis on educational technologies and multicultural curriculum development.

When he’s not working, Dr. Brown enjoys being with his family. He has a daughter and a son, who constantly keep him on his toes, while also showing him the simple and beautiful things in life that are often missed by adults.


Shona Carter, Director of Partner Engagement and Investment, Black Future Co-op Fund

As director of partner engagement and investment, Shona (she/her/hers) brings a community-centered and racial equity focus to growing trusting partnerships and leading development to resource and further the mission of the Black Future Co-op Fund. Her personal mission is to understand and effectively address the complexities of and barriers to creating a socially just and sustainable community. She has more than 20 years of philanthropic experience, having served as vice president of community engagement and strategy at the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington; senior donor relations officer at The San Francisco Foundation; advancement officer of corporate partnerships at the Foundation of City College of San Francisco and associate program officer of the Clorox Company Foundation at the East Community Foundation.

She co-founded the Southwest Washington Equity Coalition, a cross-sector collaborative of community leaders and organizations seeking to advance racial equity through policy advocacy, institutional change and fostering an inclusive culture in southwest Washington. She also serves as a member of the Philanthropy Northwest board of directors, Clark County Public Health Advisory Council and I5Bridge Replacement Equity Committee, as well as volunteers for Live Free, a gun violence prevention and decarceration organization. 

Background and Registration

The Philanthropy Northwest Network Call series takes place one Friday every month to bring an important topic to our network. The goal of these calls is to lift up an issue to our network of funders to deepen their learning, inspire action, and highlight where philanthropy might intersect with this work. 

These calls are open for anyone to join. You don’t have to be from a philanthropic organization or a member of Philanthropy Northwest, but please note these conversations are framed around philanthropy, and the role philanthropy might play around a particular issue.  

Registering for a Philanthropy Northwest Network Call automatically adds you to the Network Calls listserv. You can unsubscribe and remove your email from the list at any time. 


Philanthropy Northwest strives to make our events accessible to everyone. On these calls, we offer closed captioning and speakers give physical descriptions of themselves in their introductions. The calls are also recorded and we share the recordings and other supportive resources within a week after the call. If you require an accommodation or service to fully participate, please contact JulieAnne Behar.  

Please contact JulieAnne Behar with any questions.

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