Welcoming Our Third Cohort of Momentum Fellows

Welcoming Our Third Cohort of Momentum Fellows



We have officially kicked-off our third cohort of Momentum Fellows! We are so proud to have such dynamic leaders in this cohort and in the philanthropic sector.

Building on the successes and lessons from cohorts one and two, we’ve made exciting changes to the Momentum Fellowship, like expanding the program to include people already working with their organizations, but who still consider themselves new to philanthropy. We’re excited to support this group of talented folks who bring a wealth of expertise not just from their lived experiences, but also from their previous professional work prior to entering philanthropy. This third cohort of fellows features artists, youth development workers, community organizers and more!

The Momentum Fellowship is designed to prepare professionals from underrepresented communities, particularly communities of color, for successful careers in the philanthropic sector through professional development, networking and mentoring opportunities.

Philanthropy Northwest's Momentum Fellowship launched in 2015 with nine fellows who were placed at six private and community foundations in Alaska, Oregon and Washington. Our third cohort of fellows has grown to 13 amazing leaders who are excited to extend their learning and continue to make valuable contributions to the sector. 

We're pleased to welcome back Marguerite Casey Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation and Empire Health Foundation as hosts, and to welcome many new host foundations: Progress Alliance of Washington, The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Perigee Fund, Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation, Alaska Children’s Trust and Bezos Family Foundation. For the first time we also have fellows in Montana at Headwaters Foundation, and in Canada at Arctic Funders Collaborative and Tides Canada.

We’re thrilled that this is the biggest class of fellows yet! In addition to hosting fellows at their foundations over the years, Meyer Memorial Trust and Marguerite Casey Foundation have been key supporters of the program since its inception. Their generosity enables us to continually improve and grow the program. If you are interested in hosting a fellow in our next cohort, please contact Erin Thomas to learn more about the program and learn how you can get involved.

It’s our honor to introduce the fellows:

Roxanne Alvarez Headshot
Roxanne Alvarez, Independent Consultant


Precious Arney Headshot
Precious Castillo Arney, Member Organizer, Progress Alliance of Washington


Fahren Johnson Headshot
​​Fahren Johnson, Senior Program Officer, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation


Emily Kwon Headshot
​Emily Kwon, External Affairs Associate, Rasmuson Foundation


Lauren Hipp
​Lauren Hipp, Program Officer, Policy, Advocacy, and Communications, Perigee Fund


Kay Larson Blair Headshot
​Kay Larson-Blair, Cultural Heritage Program Officer, BBNC Education Foundation


Elizabeth Liske Headshot
​​​Elizabeth (Liz) J. Liske, Indigenous Initiatives Fellow, Arctic Funders Collaborative


Mariel Mendez Headshot
Mariel Mendez, Associate Program Officer, Perigee Fund


Tristan Morgan Headshot
Tristan ‘Agnauraq’ Morgan, Program Fellow, Rasmuson Foundation


Pili Queja Headshot
​​​Pili Queja, Programs Specialist, Alaska Children’s Trust



Nadja Redmond Headshot
Nadja Redmond, Social Media Specialist, Marguerite Casey Foundation


Aly Schock Headshot
Aly Schock, American Indian Program Officer, Headwaters Foundation



Lori Tagoona Headshot
Lori Tagoona, Senior Associate, Tides Canada Foundation


Kevin Truong Headshot
​​​Kevin Truong, Grants Program Analyst, Bezos Family Foundation