Philanthropy Northwest

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Carol Lewis

Senior Advisor

Carol joined The Giving Practice as a senior advisor after serving as CEO of Philanthropy Northwest for nine years. During her time as its leader, Philanthropy Northwest grew threefold, expanding its business model to include more consulting and community partnerships. She is deeply committed to both philanthropic collaboration and community building, and works with her clients to advance their effectiveness through improved partnerships. Her clients include a public-private collaboration of arts funders in King County, the Seattle Public Library and the Seattle Public Library Foundation, as well as several private family foundations.

Carol has experience working in leadership positions in all three sectors: government, business and nonprofits. Among her many activities in the private sector, she once designed and patented new technology for raising charitable funds. Carol also served as executive director of Pacific Northwest Ballet and as the City of Seattle’s deputy mayor under former Mayor Charles Royer.

Throughout her career has remained committed to community building, philanthropy and public service. She is a founding member of the Washington Women’s Foundation, and recently served as its board chair. She is also on the boards of the Seattle Parks Foundation, the Nesholm Family Foundation and the University of Washington’s Evans School advisory board. Carol earned a B.A. in economics and political science at Stanford University, and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University.