Laura Pierce, Executive Director
Laura Pierce became Washington Nonprofits’ Executive Director in May 2017 after serving as the organization’s Interim Executive Director and having been a member and partner with Washington Nonprofits for many years. 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.
Gabriel Cruden, Program Manager – Eastern Region
Gabriel Cruden is Washington Nonprofits Program Manager for Eastern Washington. He has served as volunteer, staff member, board member and director for a variety of nonprofits and is a Boards In Gear trainer. His passion is connecting people, resources and projects, and finding those little things that make a big difference for rural nonprofits. Gabriel publishes a regional, monthly magazine dedicated to building community through storytelling about “Where and How We Live” and is co-founder of Enriched Teaching, bringing professional development to teachers about neuroscience and its application in the classroom. He lives with his family in Kettle Falls on a small farm on the Columbia River.
Julia Hunter, Membership Manager
Julia has a passion for building community and loves connecting with the incredible nonprofits of Washington State. She earned her MA in Literature from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, focusing on teaching, grant writing, and postmodern theory. Before that she completed an Americorps year in Atlanta, GA, where she worked at The Furniture Bank of Metro-Atlanta, and found a vocation in supporting nonprofits. Julia resides in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle with her husband, where she is an active community advocate and a lover of urban gardens, local fare, and live performance. Currently she serves Edible Hope Kitchen as an advisory board member, grant writer, and regular volunteer.
Dwight Hutton, Operations Manager
Dwight Hutton joined Washington Nonprofits after many years in the nonprofit performing arts world, first as a performer then transitioning into administration. He earned an undergraduate business degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City while performing full-time. As a former Executive Director himself at other organizations, he knows intimately the kind of support our busy team needs. His passion for nonprofit finance is immediately apparent. He currently serves on the board of a small arts foundation and as Treasurer of Lifelong Aids Alliance.
Tom Lang, Director of eLearning
Tom oversees the implementation of the Learning Programs at Washington Nonprofits, connecting nonprofit professionals around the state to the many trainings and learning opportunities we provide. As a returned Peace Corps Volunteer and graduate of the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington, Tom brings to Washington Nonprofits international experience and education in the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining Washington Nonprofits Tom spent five years at FIUTS (the Foundation for International Understanding Through Students) where he worked with students from around the world, facilitating youth leadership development and cross-cultural understanding. Tom is a passionate advocate for urban biking and alternative transportation.
Erika Robertson, Administrative Assistant
Erika Robertson joined Washington Nonprofits as the administrative assistant in 2019. She grew up in Sequim, Washington where she experienced the importance of resilient community networks. During the 2008 recession, she saw rural support systems continually pushing to do more with less. She used her dual citizenship to earn a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of British Columbia and a Master’s in museum studies at the University of Toronto. Currently she serves as Washington Museum Association’s ex officio member representing Emerging Museums Professionals. She is drawn to the museum field because it offers lifelong, free choice learning for adults. She brings this insatiable curiosity to Washington Nonprofits. She is always looking for ways to infuse food justice and hospitality into her work. Erika enjoys biking from her home in Fremont to her climbing gym and Washington Nonprofits’ Seattle office.
Nancy Bacon, Senior Learning Partner
Nancy supports the implementation of a few learning projects after serving as the founding Director of Learning at Washington Nonprofits. She speaks, writes, and trains on topics related to nonprofits and learning.