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Kathleen Simpson

Chief Executive Officer

Kathleen is the Chief Executive Officer of The Russell Family Foundation, where she collaborates with the board to guide the Foundation’s strategic planning, programs and community affairs, and oversees the Foundation’s impact investing. She has extensive experience with both for-profit and nonprofit industries, and the financial advising of many entities, including deep involvement in operations. Kathleen previously served as the Foundation’s Chief Financial Officer for 5 years. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was Director of Finance for an independent wealth management firm serving individuals, multigenerational families and foundations. She also founded and operated a public accounting firm providing CFO services to businesses, high-net-worth families and non-profits for more than a decade. Kathleen is a certified public accountant and holds a Master of Business Administration degree. She serves on the board of directors for Confluence Philanthropy, American Leadership Forum of Tacoma Pierce County, and 501 Commons which provides capacity building services to 2,000+ nonprofits in the Pacific Northwest and around the United States.  Kathleen also serves on the Investment Advisory Committee for the Bainum Family Foundation and the Advisory Board for University of Washington Tacoma’s Milgard Center for Leadership and Social Responsibility. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Washington State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson