Our People

Tom Vásquez

Program Officer

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”
Attributed to Martin Luther

I have worked in social justice since 1999. For fifteen years, I worked for social–justice nonprofits in the Seattle area as a canvasser, community organizer, fundraiser, outreach director and social media manager. I joined the Foundation in 2013 in the communications department, and in 2016 I became a program officer.

Working in social justice requires us to be optimistic, but optimism is not the same as blind faith. It’s about recognizing that the work is hard, but that we can win.

As a community organizer, I learned the importance of active listening. This is a skill I use every day – to hear the stories from our grantee organizations and to learn as much as I can about the work they do and the regions in which they work. One of my most important contributions to the Foundation is looking for the connections between organizations we support.