“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”
Attributed to Martin Luther
Tom Vásquez, Associate Director of Programs at Marguerite Casey Foundation, first came to the Foundation in 2013 in the communications department. In 2016, he joined the grantmaking team as a program officer. In May 2021, he moved into his current role.
Before joining the Marguerite Casey Foundation, Tom worked for fourteen years with social justice nonprofits in the Seattle area as a canvasser, community organizer, fundraiser, grant writer, outreach director and social media manager. His work is informed by his early experience as an organizer, where he learned the importance of social justice work rooted in the stories and experiences of people directly impacted by poverty and inequity. The grandson of Mexican immigrants, Tom earned a degree in creative writing from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He is raising three teenagers with his partner in Tacoma, Washington.