Welcome to Our “New” Executive Director!

The Satterberg Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce Sarah Walczyk has agreed to serve as the foundation’s next Executive Director as of February 1, 2016. Sarah will become the second Executive Director, following Mary Pigott, the outgoing and founding Executive Director for the past 20 years. “We are thrilled with Sarah’s deep community connections and long history of working with our family,” said current Board Chair Mashanda Lazarus. “I know the rest of the board joins me in expressing how fortunate we all feel that Sarah has agreed to take on this new level of leadership, and that she will rise to the high standard set by our founding Executive Director, Mary Pigott for Satterberg’s first 25 years.”

Sarah joined the Satterberg Foundation in 2013, after serving for fourteen years in nonprofit management and fundraising leadership roles in the Seattle area. Prior to joining the Satterberg Foundation, Sarah worked at Science and Management of Addictions, Powerful Voices, YouthCare and the Seattle Art Museum. In her current role as the Administrator/Program Officer, Sarah oversees day-to day operations of the Foundation and supports the family to execute strategies that promote a just society and a sustainable environment by managing the Open Grants portfolio. She holds a BA from the Evergreen State College. “The Satterberg Foundation core values of lifelong learning and trusted relationships are beginning to pave new directions in how funders can co-create strategies with grantees. I’m honored to be selected to help lead this work that is so aligned to my own core beliefs about how we build stronger communities.”

Founding Executive Director Mary Pigott has helped guide the foundation through its first formative decades, helping to establish Satterberg’s strong commitment to funding capacity building and learning with its grantees. Mary served as the only in-office staff until 2013, when the foundation began its recent growth phase with annual investments increasing from $400,000 to $20,000,000. New initiatives and innovations in recent years have built on the values of trusted relationships, including the Community Partnerships program with multi-year investments of between $250,000 and $1,000,000 annually intended to offer growth support to sector intermediaries such as community foundations, regional associations of grantmakers, and public foundations in Washington and California. Mary will remain on the foundation’s board of directors. “Sarah has the right combination of skill, savvy and humility to steer Satterberg into its next era, and I’m excited to see where she will lead us.”

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