Staff

 


Caitlin W. Davis
Executive Director
206-957-6288
caitlindc@legalfoundation.org

Caitlin W. Davis has served as the Legal Foundation of Washington’s (LFW) Executive Director since 2005. Active in Washington’s legal aid community for over two decades, Caitlin coordinated the King County Bar Association’s revenue enhancement and membership programs before joining LFW as Grants Manager. At LFW, Caitlin implemented a state-wide case management system for grantees and provided training and technical assistance in fundraising, technology and leadership development to expand the network of legal aid providers. Later, as Associate Director, Caitlin worked closely with the Board of Trustees and other stakeholders to develop new revenue streams for legal aid and strategize on how best to leverage existing resources to ensure equal justice for all Washingtonians. Caitlin is a member of the Washington Supreme Court’s Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT) Board and the KCBA’s Judicial Screening Committee.


Andrea Axel
Director of Grant Programs
206-957-6289
andrea@legalfoundation.org

As Director of Grant Programs, Andrea works closely with grantee organizations and stakeholders to ensure that LFW’s investments in legal aid effectively address the most pressing client needs. Before coming to the Legal Foundation of Washington, Andrea was a health care attorney who also represented low-income clients pro bono. She received her J.D. from the University of Michigan and her B.A. from Stanford University. Outside of work she enjoys sampling a variety of cuisine, fiction and outdoor activities.


Jay Doran
Communications & Advocacy Director
206-957-6287
jay@ejc.org

As the Communications & Advocacy Director of LFW, Jay oversees messaging and communications for LFW and staffs the Equal Justice Coalition, working to increase public funding for legal aid. Previously, Jay has worked in a range of roles, including positions with Friends of Youth, the Washington United for Marriage Campaign, and Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness. He holds a BA from Duke University and a Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Policy/Administration from the University of Washington.


Linda D. Graham
Special Accounts Receivable Manager
206-957-6282
ldgraham@legalfoundation.org

Linda Graham is the Special Accounts Receivables Manager for IOLTA and cy pres awards. Linda is an expert on IOLTA rules and regulations and liaises with financial institutions and attorneys to help them establish IOLTA accounts. Outside the office, Linda enjoys bowling, reading fantasy and science fiction series, and family movie time.


Brendan Hennessey
Endowment Coordinator
206-957-6285
brendan@legalfoundation.org

As the Endowment Coordinator, Brendan works closely with the development team and board members to secure a permanent source of civil legal aid funding. A Seattle native, Brendan completed his undergraduate studies in Canada and China, where he earned a BA in Political Science with a minor in Law and Society from the University of British Columbia. He has a passion for human rights and poverty alleviation, and brings several years of experience in the legal and nonprofit sectors. In his spare time, Brendan enjoys traveling, reading about global affairs and meeting new dogs.


Melinda Mann
Chief Development & Stewardship Officer
206-957-6284
melinda@legalfoundation.org

Melinda has been actively raising funds for social justice issues for the last twenty five years.  Her experience ranges from political candidate and initiative campaigns to building robust major giving programs at organizations like the League of Education Voters Foundation.   A long-time resident of southeast Seattle, Melinda has a daughter in college and son in high school.  In addition to serving on the Garfield High School PTSA Board, she serves on the Board of Communities and Parents for Public Schools of Seattle and the Board of Schools First (the group that runs the school levy campaigns).


Natalia Fior McMahon
Annual Campaign Director
206-957-6281
natalia@legalfoundation.org

Since 2008 Natalia has been fundraising for nonprofits in Seattle and across Washington to eliminate poverty and promote equity. With a Master’s Degree in English Literature from Claremont Graduate U., she very happily puts her writing skills to work every day while crafting fundraising and marketing materials. For the past three years, Natalia was a fundraising consultant with The Ostara Group where she helped dozens of nonprofits build strong internal systems and annual plans to improve efficiency and raise more money. As a volunteer, Natalia serves on the Advisory Board of LGBTQ Allyship and served 6 years on the University District Food Bank board of directors. She currently remains Co-Chair of the food bank’s 5-year Fight Hunger Build Hope capital campaign for a new facility. Natalia lives with her husband and best friend, Justin, north of Seattle where they both love spending time with family, especially their nieces and nephews. Natalia loves to sing, dance, read, write, hike, and talk politics.


Kristin Parker
Office Manager
206-957-6280
kristin@legalfoundation.org

As Office Manager Kristin handles the day-to-day operations of the LFW office, provides administrative support to the LFW Board of Trustees, and serves as staff coordinator for the Goldmark Internship Program. She has more than 10 years of experience managing professional continuing education programs and supporting nonprofit boards. Outside the office she can be found playing mandolin, gardening, and serving on the leadership team for the Westcrest Garden P-patch.


Nancy Smith
Consulting CFO
206-957-6295
nancy@legalfoundation.org

Nancy is LFW’s Chief Financial Officer, on contract with CFO Selections. Nancy holds an MBA from the University of Washington and she is a Certified Public Accountant. When she is not maximizing funds available for civil legal aid, she helps other organizations leverage great financial results and goes on long hikes up big mountains.


Lauren Sutherland
Staff Accountant
206-957-6286
lksutherland@legalfoundation.org

Lauren Sutherland is the Staff Accountant for The Legal Foundation of Washington. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration and has over eight years of financial non-profit management experience. In her spare time, she enjoys bouldering with her son and exploring Seattle.


Eleanor Trenary
Development Coordinator
206-957-6283
eleanor@legalfoundation.org

Eleanor brings diverse nonprofit experience working with youth, conducting grassroots community outreach, and working with communities in poverty. Before coming to LFW, Eleanor worked with a social services agency in Minnesota developing new revenue streams and coordinating volunteers. She is passionate about social justice and fighting poverty, and is excited to bring more resources to the legal aid community in WA. Outside of work, Eleanor loves knitting, hiking, and hanging out with her partner and cat.


Emily Van Yuga
Grants Coordinator
206-957-6290
emily@legalfoundation.org

As Grants Coordinator, Emily has the pleasure of working with legal aid programs to see them through the grants process. Emily brings over a decade of program management experience including work supporting reproductive rights, juvenile justice and healthcare access. Emily holds an M.Ed from Widener University in Human Sexuality Education and B.A. from Oberlin College in Sociology and Women’s Studies.