Our Staff

  • Kathleen Simpson
    Kathleen Simpson

    Kathleen Simpson

    Chief Financial Officer

    Kathleen Simpson is the CFO of The Russell Family Foundation.  She joined the foundation in 2015.

    Kathleen oversees the foundation's impact investing, finance, information technology and operations.  She has extensive experience in business and financial management. Previously, she was Director of Finance for an independent wealth management firm serving individuals, multigenerational families, and foundations.

    Kathleen is a Certified Public Accountant and holds Masters of Business Administration degree.  She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Washington State Society of Certified Public Accountants.


    "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Necashaw Montgomery
    Necashaw Montgomery

    Necashaw Montgomery

    Program Associate

    Necashaw joined the Foundation in January 2017. They work closely with the Jane’s Fellowship Program supporting grassroots development and leadership. With a degree from the Evergreen State College in Multicultural Counseling and Psychology, Necashaw brings expertise in youth and young adult advocacy, in cultural sensitivity, racial equity, and intersectional liberation to their current work at the foundation. Their passion and commitment to the arts, play, and mindfulness are intrinsic to their continued development and design for community engagement. They are proud of their ties to Tacoma as a grad of Tacoma Public Schools-- Elementary, Middle and High School Education. Necashaw is also a Class 5 Graduate of the Jane's Fellowship Program.

    "We were not strong, only aggressive; we were not free, merely licensed; we were not compassionate, we were polite; not good, but well behaved. We courted death in order to call ourselves brave, and hid like thieves from life. We substituted good grammar for intellect; we switched habits to simulate maturity; we rearranged lies and called it truth."
    The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • Richard Woo
    Richard Woo

    Richard Woo

    Chief Executive Officer

    Richard joined the foundation in 2000. He collaborates with the Board of Directors to guide the foundation's strategic planning, programs and community affairs. Prior to arriving at the foundation, he spent many years working in nonprofit organizations and business in California. As the former executive director of the Levi Strauss Foundation, Richard has experience in global philanthropy and corporate social responsibility.

    "The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why."
    Mark Twain
  • Susan Dobkins
    Susan Dobkins

    Susan Dobkins

    Program Officer

    Susan joined the foundation in May of 2008. Susan manages various aspects of the foundation's regional leadership development work and is focused on building relationships with partners and the northwest community. Her portfolio includes responsibility for the Jane's Fund Team and Jane's Fellowship Program, amongst other efforts. Susan brings over 20 years of community organizing experience from work as a social justice director of a local church, supporting immigrant farm workers, and documenting human rights abuses against civilians in the war zone in Nicaragua in the 1980s. 

    " Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of injustice which make philanthropy necessary."
    Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Fabiola Greenawalt
    Fabiola Greenawalt

    Fabiola Greenawalt

    Program Officer

    Fabiola Greenawalt joined The Russell Family Foundation in 2010 and serves as a Program Officer managing a portfolio of grants and community relationships, with a special emphasis on environmental initiatives. Previously, Fabiola worked at the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods where she performed duties to support the department director, and she worked on special projects and represented the department to various initiatives. She was an active member of the Race and Social Justice Initiative and committee member of the Seattle Latino City Employees.

    "Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love."
    Mother Teresa
  • Henry Izumizaki
    Henry Izumizaki

    Henry Izumizaki

    Strategy Director
    Henry joined the foundation in January of 2006. As Strategy Director, Henry provides strategic guidance, promotes creative thinking and encourages risk-taking among his colleagues across all areas of the Foundation: grassroots leadership, environmental sustainability, and global peace.
    "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you NOT to be? As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
    Marianne Williamson, Return To Love
  • Holly Powers
    Holly Powers

    Holly Powers

    Senior Program Officer

    Holly joined The Russell Family Foundation in August of 2007 and as a Senior Program Officer is responsible for the foundation's program-related grantmaking. Holly oversees the organization's programs staff and manages a deep portfolio of grants and community relationships. She has been recognized by the Center for Whole Communities as a "Leader Reimagining Conservation" and completed a national fellowship program, "2042 Today", which trains environmental leaders to engage communities in rapidly changing American society. Holly has her Master's in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Washington and focused her thesis on women’s roles in the environmental justice movement from the Civil Rights Movement to the modern era. Holly sits on several Tacoma-based non-profit boards and committees.

    " Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect."
    Chief Seattle
  • Linsey Sauer
    Linsey Sauer

    Linsey Sauer

    Grants Manager
    Linsey joined the foundation in April of 2006. Linsey is responsible for all aspects of grants management and helps lead organization planning. Linsey was born in Seattle, grew up in the Bothell area and worked in insurance prior to joining the foundation. For grant related inquiries please contact Linsey.
    "Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I - not events - have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it."
    Groucho Marx