Mijo Lee, Sarah Lloyd, Nichole Maher, Magaly Solis, Edgar Villanueva, Laura Pierce
MIJO LEE is Executive Director of Social Justice Fund NW, a community foundation that funds grassroots movements for social justice across a 5 state region, through a model of cross-class, multiracial, collective giving, fundraising, and grantmaking. As SJF’s Program Director and then Executive Director, for 8 years, she’s learned deeply about the diverse, vibrant grassroots movements of our region, and helped to build up the unique Giving Project model, training hundreds of grassroots fundraisers in the process. Before coming to SJF she worked as an appellate public defender but her heart was always in community organizing, and she’s been active in fair trade, police accountability, and immigrant rights movements. She grew up in the suburbs of Seattle and now live in South Seattle with her teenage child. She loves sci fi, karaoke 80’s rock ballads, and pie, and is passionate about helping all people realize their power as fundraisers, donors, and activists.
SARAH LLOYD is the Executive Director for SafePlace, the Sexual and Domestic Violence Services nonprofit providing comprehensive services for survivors to include shelter, housing, helpline and other advocacy services in throughout Thurston County. Sarah has a Bachelor’s in Advertising from Washington State University and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado. Sarah’s career started in Higher Education Administration, where she successfully operated residence halls on college campuses across the country, primarily focusing her efforts on supporting first-generation, traditionally underrepresented students. She has been working in nonprofit management for the past decade building and operating initiatives from the ground up to help marginalized people navigate systems that she feels are inherently set up for them to fail. She has directly served over 6,000 youth and young adults, supervised over 400 staff members, and reported to 43 supervisors.
NICHOLE JUNE MAHER serves as the president and CEO of Group Health Foundation, leading the organization in its bold pursuit of health equity for Washington State. Nichole brings visionary leadership, grounded in two decades of work dedicated to achieving a more equitable Oregon and Southwest Washington. Prior to Group Health Foundation, Nichole served as CEO of Northwest Health Foundation (NWHF) and as the executive director of Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA). Nichole is a nationally recognized leader in philanthropy and health, is widely published, and holds a master’s degree in public health from Portland State University. She also completed a fellowship at Harvard Medical School and the Robert Wood Johnson Minority Medical Education program at Yale Medical School. Nichole is proud of her Alaskan heritage and her connection to Washington and Oregon’s rural communities.
MAGALY SOLIS is a first generation immigrant and proud daughter of hardworking farmworker parents in the Yakima Valley. She was the first in her family to graduate college. Magaly graduated from Heritage University in 2008 with a teaching degree. In her current role at La Casa Hogar as the Citizenship Program Manager and Partially Accredited Representative by the Department of Justice Recognition and Accreditation, Magaly represents lawful permanent residents in their process to become U.S. citizens. To La Casa Hogar Magaly contributes a background in teaching, leadership, community organizing and deep understanding of the systematic barriers that exist for immigrant and farmworker communities in Yakima County. Before joining La Casa Hogar, Magaly was a medical interpreter for injured farmworkers in the Yakima Valley for 10 years. She is passionate about social justice work, self-empowerment through education and advocating for immigrants’ rights. When not working Magaly loves to explore the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
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.
LAURA PIERCE leads Washington Nonprofits, our state nonprofit association serving all nonprofits in Washington. She has been the owner and principal consultant of Laura Pierce Consulting. Laura has worked in and with nonprofit organizations since 1989, including fund development, community organizing, and executive management positions. Since 1998, she has consulted with a wide range of nonprofit organizations, assisting with strategic planning, board development, organizational assessment and capacity building.