We're thrilled to share the news that we've hired Ann Saxton to fill a newly-created role as vice president of Philanthropy Northwest!
A lifelong Pacific Northwester, Ann grew up in Portland, Oregon and headed north to Seattle in 1995. After a stint at Starbucks, where she provided strategic planning and analytical support at their global headquarters, Ann moved into wireless telecommunications and spent the next 15 years working with pioneers of the industry deploying and operating companies internationally in complex regulatory environments. First with Western Wireless International and then as vice president and treasurer at Trilogy International Partners, she was a key contributor in all aspects of the capital raising process in the U.S. and six countries on three continents, sourcing institutional, commercial, Export Credit Agency and vendor-backed debt as well as private equity totaling approximately $1 billion to fund operations. Throughout her career, Ann has provided project management leadership and collaborated with international and cross-functional teams; as Trilogy’s treasurer she also led all investor relations initiatives. She is excited to be putting her expertise to work to fulfill her passion of increasing the positive impact of philanthropy and engaging and strengthening our communities.
"Ann brings an exceptional set of global professional experiences and, as a native Oregonian, she brings an important perspective to the network," said Philanthropy Northwest CEO Jeff Clarke. "She's steeped in entrepreneurship, has strong leadership and management skills and is especially committed to the deep relationships that make Philanthropy Northwest special. Ann's deep experience with and understanding of financial capital allows her to immediately step into the conversation about creative ways to drive impact."
Ann will start in early January, and you'll be hearing more from her soon!