2019 Keynote Speakers

There are those pivotal moments in history when, even at the time, you knew that this is a moment that will change the future. We believe such a moment may be upon us during the Washington State Nonprofit Conference.

Morning speaker

Start the day with an energizing, personal, and inspiring message of how, as nonprofit leaders, we can take care of ourselves and our communities during times of overwhelm.

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky is the founder and director of The Trauma Stewardship Institute and author of The Age of Overwhelm:  Strategies for the Long Haul.  Her TED talk entitled “Beyond the Cliff” tells her story and lessons learned through her work with trauma survivors for 28 years. Laura has been active in community organizing and movements for social and environmental justice and has taught on issues surrounding systematic oppression and liberation theory. Laura will speak about how nonprofit leaders can navigate overwhelm, do their work and stay well.

Lunch program

These two people of influence and vision will join in a public conversation about the future of nonprofits and philanthropy. They each are in the thick of it, their fingers on the pulse. They have much to say and are informed by the perspectives and experiences of many. Our communities are on the line. The future is in the hands of those who step forward and lead today. Come be a part of this moment in history.

Ruth McCambridge

Ruth McCambridge is Editor-in-Chief of the Nonprofit Quarterly, a national journal with a mission to promote active democracy through strengthening civil society including nonprofits and philanthropy. Ruth’s background includes forty-five years of experience in nonprofits, primarily in organizations that mix grassroots community work with policy change. Beginning in the mid-1980s, Ruth spent a decade at the Boston Foundation, developing and implementing capacity building programs and advocating for grantmaking attention to constituent involvement. She is a nationally-recognized voice for change in the nonprofit sector.


Edgar Villanueva 

Edgar Villanueva is a nationally-recognized expert on social justice philanthropy and author of Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance, which offers hopeful and compelling alternatives to the dynamics of colonization in the philanthropic sector. In addition to working in philanthropy for many years, he has consulted with numerous nonprofit organizations and national and global philanthropies on advancing racial equity inside of their institutions and through their investment strategies.