Our Staff

  • Kathleen Simpson
    Kathleen Simpson

    Kathleen Simpson

    Chief Financial Officer
    253-857-1654

    Kathleen is the chief financial officer of The Russell Family Foundation, where she oversees the Foundation's impact investing, finance, risk management, information technology and operations. She has extensive experience in business and financial management. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was director of finance for an independent wealth management firm serving individuals, multigenerational families and foundations. She also founded and operated a public accounting firm providing CFO services to businesses, high-net-worth individuals and non-profits for more than a decade. Kathleen is a certified public accountant and holds a Master 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
    253-857-1664

    Necashaw is a program associate at The Russell Family Foundation, where they support the continued commitment of the Jane’s Fellowship Program to grassroots development and leadership. In their career, they have sought to dismantle the illusions of assumption and to encourage curiosity that abides the discomfort of difference. They have worked to end domestic violence with the YWCA and to end homelessness, especially among those most impacted (youth, LGBTQ people and African Americans), as a program manager for Associated Ministries. The emotional toll and demand of this work increased Necashaw’s commitment to ensuring that grassroots leaders, who often do not have the fiscal support of an institution, are resourced for sustainability in their community work. As a volunteer, Necashaw teaches yoga to communities who do not have access; is a volunteer mediator for the Pierce County Dialog and Resolution Center; and a community partner for the Race and Pedagogy Institute at the University of Puget Sound. Necashaw is also a graduate of the Jane's Fellowship Program.

    "Under duress we do not rise to our expectations but fall to our level of training."
    Bruce Lee
  • Richard Woo
    Richard Woo

    Richard Woo

    Chief Executive Officer
    253-857-1655

    Richard is the chief executive officer of The Russell Family Foundation, where he collaborates with the board to guide the Foundation's strategic planning, programs and community affairs. Richard joined the organization in 2000 and has worked with three generations of the Russell family. Prior to arriving at the Foundation, Richard served nearly 12 years at Levi Strauss & Co. in San Francisco on community relations, corporate social responsibility and philanthropy. For three of those years, he was executive director of the Levi Strauss Foundation, overseeing global grantmaking in 40 countries. Early in his career, Richard worked in the public and nonprofit sectors in Northern California focused on community health and youth development. He currently serves on the steering committee of Divest-Invest Philanthropy and is a founding board member of Canopy, a Pacific Northwest impact investing collaborative. Richard is a past board member of the Council on Foundations, Philanthropy Northwest and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy. He holds an English degree from the University of California, Davis.

    "We're here to explore the far side of hope."
    Richard Woo
  • Susan Dobkins
    Susan Dobkins

    Susan Dobkins

    Program Officer
    253-857-1679

    Susan is a program officer at The Russell Family Foundation, where she manages a multi-faceted portfolio including local grassroots leadership development and grantmaking themes of youth homelessness; scholarships for first-generation and underserved students; and the nexus of leadership development and environmental justice. Susan began her career working for a human rights organization in Nicaragua and spent 12 years organizing farmworkers in Oregon’s Willamette Valley before relocating to Tacoma. After several years working in the local social and economic justice movement, she participated in the Foundation’s Jane’s Fellowship Program, eventually joining as a staff member in 2008. Susan has extensive networks in regional and national philanthropy through service on committees for organizations such as Grassroot Grantmakers, the Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities and the Self Development of Peoples Fund of the Presbyterian Church USA.

    "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
    253-857-1660

    Fabiola Greenawalt is a program officer at The Russell Family Foundation, where she implements strategies that protect Puget Sound waters and advance environmental education. Starting at the Foundation as an executive assistant in 2010, Fabiola worked her way through the ranks, eventually growing into her current role. Some of the leadership roles and organizations Fabiola has participated in include the Environmental Grantmakers Association, where she serves on the board of directors and is a member of the board development and membership committee; The Funders’ Network PLACES Fellowship Program; Blue Sky Funders; and the Puget Sound Funders. Previously, she worked as a senior executive assistant at the City of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods, where she assisted with special projects such as the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative and represented the Department in various community-facing initiatives. Fabiola’s favorite aspects of her work at the Foundation include identifying areas of growth for grantees and developing opportunities for them. Originally from Guatemala, Fabiola is fluent in Spanish.

    "If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else."
    Booker T. Washington
  • Henry Izumizaki
    Henry Izumizaki

    Henry Izumizaki

    Strategy Director
    253-857-1661

    Henry is the strategy director for The Russell Family Foundation, where he helps to conceptualize, design and implement initiatives. Henry has influenced the Foundation’s organizational culture over the past 12 years, emphasizing collaboration and team work, learning organizational principles and thinking outside-the-box. He believes in processes that develop the collective power of individuals to contribute to the common good. Henry has had a diverse career of public and non-profit service that includes working with youth and families in the streets of San Francisco; serving as a program executive at the San Francisco Foundation; and working with four different mayors, the San Francisco Chief of Police, the Chancellor of UC Berkeley and the Superintendent of Oakland Public Schools. He currently serves on two boards: TODCO, a 1200-unit low-income housing development corporation in San Francisco, and the Dendri Fund, a Louisville, Kentucky-based foundation working on local watershed-wide issues.

    "What will happen to you is what you make happen!"
    Vandana Shiva
  • Holly Powers
    Holly Powers

    Holly Powers

    Senior Program Officer
    253-857-1666

    Holly Powers is a senior program officer at The Russell Family Foundation, where she is responsible for the Foundation's program-related grantmaking which spans environmental sustainability and conservation, grassroots leadership development, education, and youth/young adult homelessness. 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 a rapidly changing American society. Holly holds a master's degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Washington and focused her thesis on women’s roles in the environmental justice movement. Holly sits on several Tacoma-based nonprofit 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
    253-857-1658
    Linsey is the grants and operations manager at The Russell Family Foundation, where she manages the grantmaking processes and works with all staff members to keep systems of the Foundation running smoothly. Linsey began working at the Foundation as a member of the program team operating the Jane’s Fellowship Program. After four years she moved in to the grants management role, moving the foundation to online grantmaking and into a paperless grant process. Prior to joining TRFF, Linsey held various administrative positions working for the State Department and small business owners. Linsey has received participatory and graphic facilitation training to help manage discussions and decision making.
    "You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have."
    Maya Angelou