As founder of the Brainerd Foundation, Paul empowers foundation staff to make funding recommendations while staying closely involved with the foundation's work.
Paul is a founding member of Social Venture Partners, which encourages individuals to give back to their communities by engaging philanthropists, strengthening nonprofits, and investing in collaborative solutions. Paul and his wife Debbi also co-founded IslandWood, an environmental learning center for schoolkids.
Paul is currently building a community development project in Glenorchy, New Zealand. The Glenorchy Marketplace Project embraces the Living Building Challenge to balance the built and natural environments. The campground and general store operate as sustainable businesses to serve both visitors and local residents. Profits from these operations flow to the Glenorchy Community Trust, which will invest in projects to enhance the vibrancy of the Glenorchy community.
Paul has also worked for years to create pro-conservation majorities in key local, state, and federal governing bodies. He enjoys hiking, backpacking, skiing, photography, his dog Lucy, and traveling.
As vice president and a member of the board of directors of the foundation, Sherry (Paul's sister) supervises and assists foundation staff, interacts with grantees, and participates in site visits. She spent many years in the business world co-founding and running two technology-based companies in the science and medical device arenas. She now combines her nonprofit interests with work as a management consultant. She has served on the national board of directors of Trout Unlimited and on the board of Conservation Strategies.
In her spare time, Sherry volunteers at her local animal shelter, making sure the shelter dogs get a bit of extra attention. She lives in the Northwest during part of the year, and she can be found hiking trails, talking to folks about local conservation issues, or standing in the middle of a river with her fly rod in hand.
Ben Alexander is a senior program advisor at Resources Legacy Fund where he is responsible for providing coordination, research, strategic direction, and leadership for conservation programs. Previously, he served as chief program officer at the LOR Foundation, was co-founder and co-director of Headwaters Economics, and was a director at the Sonoran Institute. Ben's career has focused on the economics of land use, the evolving competitive position of rural economies, and collaborative approaches to planning and land management. He is a graduate of Bozeman High School and has a bachelor's degree from Tufts University and masters degrees from Yale University. Ben lives in Bozeman with his family.
Patricia has more than thirty years of experience in the Pacific Northwest assessing citizen perceptions and developing strategic communication plans. Her background includes political, legislative, and public policy experience as an advocate, campaign manager, chief of staff, elected official, and public opinion researcher.
When asked in a recent interview what person or experience had taught her the most about leadership and how to apply it in her day-to-day work, she volunteered Omar Bradley, the general in charge of coordinating the allied forces invasion of Normandy—strategy, planning, coordination, flexibility, discipline, managing others to deliver their best.
Tom is a principal with M+R Strategic Services, a national public affairs firm. A former Oregon State Representative, Tom has over 35 years of experience working on public policy issues and elections at the state and national level.
Tom acts as a consultant, strategist, and trainer for organizations on a range of issues throughout the U.S. and works with a number of foundations and individual philanthropists providing strategic and political assessments and evaluation services. Tom and his wife Wendy and twin teenage daughters Lanie and Claire call Portland, Oregon home, though you're just as likely to find Tom in an airport or on a plane.
Kathleen is a principal at Corridor Partners, a firm headquartered in Washington, D.C., and New York, where she is focused primarily on advising donors regarding advocacy and political strategies on climate and clean energy issues. Kathleen has three decades of advocacy, campaign, and philanthropic experience, having held leadership positions in state and national groups, including the Legal Services Corporation and Equal Justice Works, where she served as executive director. Kathleen served in senior roles at the Pew Charitable Trusts, including deputy director of the Environment Working Group. She currently serves on the board of the League of Conservation Voters.
Having been a grantee herself for many years, Ann believes a foundation should be an accessible and thoughtful partner to the community it serves. She oversees the Brainerd Foundation's administrative, management, financial, and programmatic work, in partnership with her colleague Keiki Kehoe. Ann also serves as the primary program officer for the foundation's Conservation Capacity grants. Ann and Keiki share the implementation of the foundation's Sunset Initiatives, as well as oversight of the foundation's place-based work in Central Oregon.
Prior to joining the Brainerd Foundation, Ann worked for the Energy Foundation and several national environmental, arms control, and consumer organizations. She enjoys hiking, theater, travel, reading nonfiction, and pilgrimages to the gym. She has served on a variety of boards and volunteers for electoral and civic endeavors. She recently moved with her partner and his son into a very old Seattle house, which has required her to begrudgingly embrace the perpetual joy of home repair.
A lifelong activist, Keiki believes in the power of citizen engagement and the role philanthropy can play in helping build a powerful conservation movement in our region. As co-director of the foundation, Keiki shares responsibility for the foundation's day-to-day operations with Ann Krumboltz. She also serves as the primary program officer for the foundation's Conservation Policy grants. Keiki and Ann share the implementation of the Sunset Initiatives, as well as oversight of the foundation's place-based work in Central Oregon.
Before coming to the foundation, Keiki spent more than a decade in Washington, D.C., working on the front lines of energy policy battles. In addition to her work with the Brainerd Foundation, Keiki has served as a consultant to more than a dozen foundations around the country. She loves her Ballard neighborhood where she lives with her husband, daughter, and dog, and spends her free time trying to keep her Little Free Library filled with interesting books for her neighbors.
Kathleen works part time providing program support to Ann and Keiki, assisting with some grant management tasks, overseeing external communications for the foundation (including this Web site), and providing back-up office support.
Kathleen and her husband Nick live in West Seattle with their two kids. Now that the boys are a little older, she is enjoying more gardening, cooking, and reading in her rare moments of free time.
Michelle assists the foundation with its Sunset Initiatives, primarily building the pipeline of emerging leaders and promoting 21st Century advocacy. She also helps with other special projects and programs aimed at the foundation's overall mission. She loves to problem solve, dig into complicated issues, and brainstorm solutions. The foundation taps her research, writing, and communication skills.
Prior to joining the foundation, Michelle worked to expand transportation options for students, seniors, people with disabilities, and immigrants and refugees in the Puget Sound. Michelle and her husband Joshua live in Seattle's Greenlake neighborhood. They are avid travelers who enjoy paragliding off mountain tops, scuba diving in the ocean, and hiking in Washington's scenic forests. Michelle also has a creative streak and loves to draw, write, and craft.
Crystal's job involves managing the financial and human resource aspects of the foundation's operations. She earned her degree in accounting from the University of Washington and is a certified public accountant with both public and private accounting experience.
Crystal enjoys her part-time schedule, which allows her to balance work and time for her family. She feels passionate about experiencing the outdoors and lets the weather guide her daily activities. Rain calls for reading, movies, and cooking, while the blessing of sunshine is always celebrated with a swim, a walk, or a meal outside.
Allison has worked as a consultant for the Brainerd Foundation since 2003. She supports the foundation with her decades of experience in IT, beginning at the age of 12 at her dad's Silicon Valley start-up, and including years as a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, Certified Novell Engineer, and educator in Seattle.
The geekiness of her vocation drives Allison to seek creative and active pursuits in her spare time. Her passions include cooking, roller derby and trail skating, reading, crossword puzzles, teaching dance at the West Seattle YMCA, gathering people together from all walks of life, and entertaining her middle school-aged sons with dorky (but brilliant) made-up songs.