Marguerite Casey Foundation CFO, Joyce Lee, has recently joined the board of the Northwest Area Foundation. The Northwest Area Foundation’s mission is to support efforts by the people, organizations, and communities of our eight-state region to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable prosperity. “I’m delighted to welcome Joyce to our board. She’s lending us her strategic insight, honed through a career of stellar professional experience, and also her personal commitment to helping low-income families and communities of color and immigrants. And of course, the commonalities between the Northwest Area Foundation’s mission and that of Marguerite Casey make this an even stronger match.” says Kevin Waller, president, and CEO of the Northwest Area Foundation.
Northwest Area Foundation was established in Saint Paul, Minneapolis and supports organizations anchored in the culture of the people they serve across their region of eight states and 75 Native nations. The organization listens and learns while trying to strive to support their grantee communities who seek to thrive on their own terms and achieve sustainable prosperity. Northwest Area Foundation leverages the power of these communities to inform their strategy, advance their DEI initiatives (diversity, equity, and inclusion), and create stronger pathways to prosperity for their priority communities (immigrants, refugees, communities of color, Native American, and people in rural areas).
Marguerite Casey Foundation follows the same Ask.Listen.Act. brand promise that guides it movement-building-strategy and grantmaking model. The general support grants that Marguerite Casey Foundation gives to grantees allow them to achieve on their own terms the changes their family constituents see are needed within their communities. Families serve as both the leaders in the change for their communities as well as a key factor in the solution. Both the Marguerite Casey Foundation and Northwest Area Foundation focus on low-income families and communities of color and share a common interest in the success of Native American communities. Marguerite Casey Foundation has an active Native Equal Voice network and has helped coordinate two Native Convenings in 2003 and 2011 to bring the Native American community together advance an open dialogue on the way the philanthropic sector can support Native American Communities.
”Joining the Northwest Area Foundation is a great opportunity for me to share my professional experience (finance and investment background), but also learn from them.” Lee will be a member of the Investment Committee with fellow Seattleite, Jennifer C. Williams who runs the operation excellence executive for Bank of America. “Though we are very similar in looking at poverty, the process and the tools we use are different. One of the big initiatives is DEI and integrating into as an organization, which is extremely interesting”.
Joyce Lee has been with Marguerite Casey Foundation since 2011 focused on the development and implementation of the Foundation’s investment and financial strategies. Lee oversees the Foundation’s investment portfolio, budgeting, accounting, financial reporting, risk management, and information technology. Lee also works closely with the grantmaking team to develop and implement the Foundation’s program-related investment (PRI) strategies. She also provides counsel in the assessment of grantees’ financial health. Joyce is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Financial Planner She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Western Washington University and an executive master of public administration degree from the University of Washington.