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.
Nancy Bacon, Associate Director
Nancy leads the development and implementation of Washington Nonprofits’ learning and engagement programs. Weaving together her interest in education and nonprofit management, Nancy creates and supports programs that strengthen the ability of people working within nonprofits to better make a difference in their communities across Washington State. Nancy received a B.A. in Economics and German Literature from Swarthmore College and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs. She created and directed the World Affairs Council’s award-winning Global Classroom program and has worked with a range of nonprofit organizations as they developed their internal capacity and external community to better serve their mission. She occasionally blogs on topics related to adult education.
JoAnn Crabtree, Director of Information Technology
JoAnn Crabtree is our data manager and Salesforce administrator. A former computer programmer/systems analyst and consultant she now specializes in data migrations and cloud integrations. In addition to the nonprofit sector she has worked in private industry and government. Before coming to Washington Nonprofits JoAnn co-founded and ran an education nonprofit. She also served as the associate director of the Young Composers Project for more than a decade–a program dedicated to providing children with the opportunity to write music for chamber orchestra. JoAnn is based in Vancouver, Washington.
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. 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 where she is an active community advocate and a lover of urban gardens, local fare, and live performance.
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.
David Streeter, Director of Public Policy & Advocacy
David Streeter is Washington Nonprofits’ Director of Public Policy and Advocacy. David is passionate about supporting nonprofits’ work by educating about public policy and creating opportunities for action. Before moving to Seattle, David held positions as the Public Policy Manager for The Forbes Funds’ Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership in Pittsburgh, PA and as the Press Secretary for the National Jewish Democratic Council in Washington, DC. He is originally from Los Gatos, CA and received his BA and MPA degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. On the weekends, David can be found hunting for vinyl records and exploring Seattle with his wife and dog.
Uyen Vu, Administrative Assistant
Uyen is a first–generation Vietnamese American immigrant. She is passionate about developing leaders of color, providing equitable access to underserved communities, and fostering collaborative relationships. As a lifelong learner, she is excited for this opportunity to be in support of Washington Nonprofit members and community. She grew up in Houston, Texas and is a recent transplant to Seattle. Upon graduating from The University of Texas in Austin, Uyen served as an AmeriCorps recruiter while obtaining her professional certification in Human Resources. Her love for nonprofit work stems from her experience with various Austin-based nonprofits where she implemented systems to increase organizational effectiveness, facilitated community involvement in grassroots campaigns, and trained developing nonprofit leaders.