Laura Pierce (She/Her), Executive Director
Laura 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.
Daniel Parkhurst (He/Him), Director of Policy and Communications
Daniel brings years of nonprofit experience, previously working with the Congressional Progressive Caucus Center in Washington, D.C., where he served as Deputy Director. There, he worked directly with Congress to connect Representatives with leading voices from across the country and to support advocacy efforts. Most recently he was the Policy Program Manager at Clean Air Carolina, a North Carolina state-based nonprofit who advocates for clean air, environmental justice, and direct action on climate change. He supported state efforts to transition to a clean energy economy during the climate crisis as well as ensuring that North Carolina reduced pollution across the state through policy, regulations, and legal advocacy. Originally from Alabama, he earned his bachelor’s from Auburn University and a Master’s in International Relations from Auburn University at Montgomery. When not working, he loves taking his dog, Nora, for hikes and learning new songs on the ukulele.
Jennifer Chang (She/Her), Director of Learning
Jennifer joined the Washington Nonprofits team in August 2020. She brings ten years of nonprofit experience and community-centered work in the South Puget Sound region to our team. Her experiences include serving as a nonprofit executive director, overseeing the transition of a funder managed program to an independent nonprofit, supporting watershed-based community collaborations, and leading urban green space restoration projects. Jennifer looks forward to supporting the continued growth of Washington Nonprofits’ offerings and connecting with nonprofits across the state to cultivate learning opportunities and resources that meet their evolving needs. At the University of Washington, she received a Master of Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance as well as a Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Sciences. Jennifer is from Tacoma, Washington and she enjoys going for walks, quilting, and gardening.
Tom Lang (He/Him), 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.
Julia Hunter (She/Her), 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.
Alex Panagotacos (She/Her), Director of Community Engagement
Alex has worked in several different facets of the nonprofit world including direct service, volunteer management, grant writing, grant making, coalition coordination and community organizing. She holds a BA in Fine Art with an emphasis in Education from the University of San Francisco. Alex earned her Masters in Applied Arts & Sciences and Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
In her personal time, Alex enjoys birdwatching, playing soccer, and drawing. Alex lives in the woods near Spokane with her partner and their two dogs: Waffle and Jasper.
Dwight Hutton (He/Him), Operations Manager
Dwight 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.
Erika Bentley Holland (She/Her), Administrative Assistant
Erika 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.
Aishe Memetova (She/Her), Public Policy Intern
Aishe Memetova is a recent graduate of the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance where she studied Public Administration with the focus on Analysis and Evaluation. Her professional interests are nonprofit management and research on interventions which lead to social impact.