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Laura Pierce

Laura Pierce (She/Her)

Executive Director

Laura became Nonprofit Association of Washington’s Executive Director in May 2017 after serving as the organization’s Interim Executive Director and having been a member and partner with the organization 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.

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Jonathan Baunach (He/Him)

Systems Manager

Jonathan joined Nonprofit Association of Washington in September 2022. He has a Bachelor’s in Mathematics from Western Washington University and a Master’s in Data Analysis from Western Governor’s University. In addition to his time working as a data analyst, Jonathan spent a year living and working as a teaching assistant in Szarvas, Hungary. In his free time, Jonathan is a pub trivia host. He also enjoys listening to podcasts, going to hockey games, and going to escape rooms with his family.

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LeeAnne Beres (She/Her)

Deputy Director for Operations

LeeAnne brings over 30 years of experience to Nonprofit Association of Washington, including 16 years as Executive Director of Earth Ministry, and another ten as the Associate Director of Save Our Wild Salmon and Outreach Director of the NW Energy Coalition. She has expertise in leadership development, strategic decision making, fundraising, financial management, community engagement, organizing, and advocacy. LeeAnne is dedicated to forging authentic relationships and delights in building strong organizations and ensuring people have the tools to enact real change in their communities. She is a published author, has served on numerous nonprofit boards, and survived two years working as a biologist on commercial fishing boats in Alaska’s Bering Sea. LeeAnne has a Master’s degree in Marine Fisheries Management from the University of Washington and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Whitman College. Outside of work, she is a passionate hockey fan and walks 3-5 miles daily with her dog, Bones.

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Jennifer Chang (She/Her)
Director of Learning

Jennifer joined the Nonprofit Association of Washington 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 NAWA’s 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.

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Nicki Everett (She/Her)
Communications Manager

Nicki brings nearly a decade of experience in non-profits from multiple regions of the state, including Seattle, Everett, Cashmere, and Cle Elum. She worked in volunteer management, outreach, and event production before discovering her passion for communications while working on the events team at Cascade Bicycle Club. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Nicki has called Washington home since 2013. She earned her Master’s in Public Administration with a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington Evans School in 2018. Nicki resides in Cashmere on a 5-acre micro-dairy, Green Valley Dairy, with her boyfriend, goats, chickens, turkeys, pigs, two dogs, and two kittens. 

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Julia Hunter (She/Her)
Learning 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.
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Kaitlyn Miller (She/Her)

Administrative Associate – Special Projects

Kaitlyn joined Nonprofit Association of Washington in August 2022. She is a life-long Washingtonian, currently residing in beautiful Bellingham. After receiving a BA in Human Services from Western Washington University, Kaitlyn worked in nonprofit administration for a Community Action Agency that serves Whatcom, San Juan, and Island Counties. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Max Higbee Center, an organization that empowers teens and adults with disabilities to build community, happiness, and life skills through recreation. She is a go-getter and life-long learner, evident by her many endeavors and side-jobs. You can visit her and her dog, Loki, when they bartend at Lost Giants Cider Co. In her off time, you can usually find Kaitlyn shopping in local bookstores, caring for her 60+ houseplants, watching TV with her pets, or spending time in nature.

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Lianna Olds (She/Her)

Deputy Director for Partnerships

Lianna comes to Nonprofit Association of Washington with 10 years of development and community support work with nonprofit organizations in both Pierce County and North Texas. Her expertise includes fund development, community outreach, board development, and volunteer management. Lianna is committed to equity and education, volunteering for the Equity Committee of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and teaching Public Administration and Nonprofit Management as an Adjunct Faculty member. She is excited to use her strategic approach to work with nonprofits across the state in identifying what they need to thrive and supporting them in achieving access. Lianna has a Master’s in Public Administration from Evergreen State College and a Bachelors in Journalism from University of Idaho. Lianna lives in Lakewood with her husband and two dogs (Boomer and Adele). She can most frequently be found experimenting in her kitchen or curled up with a sci-fi novel in her favorite chair.

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Elyse Ke’ala Rickard (She/Her)

Membership Manager

Elyse Ke’ala Rickard joined Nonprofit Association of Washington in August 2021. She received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from California State University, Fullerton and her Master of Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance at University of Washington. She has worked for a variety of nonprofits, ranging from higher education to social services, and is passionate about advocating for equitable and sustainable solutions in the sector and beyond. In her free time, Elyse enjoys listening to music and podcasts, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

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Sarah Smith, (She/Her)
Program Coordinator

Sarah joined NAWA in spring 2022. Prior to joining the team, she worked in the nonprofit world serving immigrants and refugees as a Case Manager, Volunteer Coordinator, and Systems Specialist. She holds her BA in Exercise Science from Seattle Pacific University. Sarah has lived in Washington her whole life, and currently resides in Spokane. In her free time, she enjoys climbing, camping, going on long walks with her dog, and gardening.

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Pam Tagata (She/Her)

Operations Coordinator

Prior to joining NAWA in August 2022, Pamela worked for a variety of small businesses where she managed the day-to-day operations and worked on developing and implementing new administrative processes. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Seattle University. In her free time, Pamela enjoys exploring different neighborhoods, visiting cute cafes and shops, and volunteering to provide nutritious meals and clothing to people experiencing homelessness.

Pets of NAWA!

Addy

Bones

Boomer

Cedar

Lucky

Nymeria

Princess

Ripley, a handsome short haired black cat with green eyes sits in front of a potted plant

Ripley

Sam

Waffle

Loki, a gorgeous brindle colored dog of medium size with triangle floppy ears and a big smile sits in front of a bush with purple plants.

Loki

Board of Directors Erick Seelbach & Trudy Soucoup

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