Staff

Christal Chiu
Grants Coordinator
206-957-6289
christal@legalfoundation.org

As Grants Coordinator, Christal guides applicants and grantees through the grants cycle and connects civil legal aid providers to LFW. She holds an M.A. from New York University in Media, Culture, and Communication and has years of experience in non-profit fundraising. Outside the office, Christal enjoys finding great food throughout Seattle and watching documentaries.


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 more than 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 statewide 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.


Leanne Empinado
Development Coordinator
206-957-6283
leanne@legalfoundation.org

Leanne is the Development Coordinator for LFW’s Campaign for Equal Justice. As part of the development team, Leanne works to increase funding for civil legal aid across the state. Prior to coming to LFW, Leanne worked with nonprofits and foundations within the private and social sectors. Leanne holds a B.A. in Medical Anthropology & Global Health, Globalization, and Comparative History of Ideas. Committed to poverty alleviation and social justice, Leanne spends her time volunteering and reading about culture and political theory.


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

When Natalia was in high school, she knew she wanted to work for a nonprofit. Since 2008, Natalia has been fundraising across Washington to fight poverty and promote equity. Before joining LFW, Natalia was a fundraising consultant with The Ostara Group where she helped dozens of nonprofits build strong internal systems and create annual development plans to raise more money. Prior to consulting, she was on staff at the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance and NARAL Pro-Choice Washington. Natalia served six years on the University District Food Bank board of directors where she also served as Co-Chair of the five-year Fight Hunger Build Hope capital campaign for a new facility. She holds an M.A. in English Literature from Claremont Graduate University and a B.A. from Western Washington University.


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.


Will Livesley-O’Neill
Communications & Advocacy Director
206-957-6287
will@ejc.org

Will spearheads LFW press and outreach and staffs the Equal Justice Coalition, advocating for more federal, state, and local funding for civil legal aid. A Seattle native, he got his start as a newspaper reporter in Pierce County before transitioning into public policy. Will worked for the Mayor of Austin, served as communications director for a statewide fair housing advocacy organization in Texas, and managed communications for two policy research institutes at UCLA. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and Political Science from Loyola University Chicago.


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

Melinda has been actively raising funds for social justice issues such as reproductive rights, equity in public schools, and increasing diversity in outdoor education for the past 25 years.  Her experience ranges from political candidate and initiative campaigns to building robust major giving and stewardship programs for nonprofit organizations. Melinda is a longtime resident of southeast Seattle and has served on the board of the Seward Park Audubon Center and Communities and Parents for Public Schools, and was a founding board member of Community Center for Education Results.


Jessica Niewohner
Development Associate
206-957-6285
jessican@legalfoundation.org

As Development Associate, Jessica helps to raise vital funds for both the Endowment for Equal Justice and the Campaign for Equal Justice. She holds a B.A. in Law, Societies, and Justice from the University of Washington, with a focus in Disability Rights and a minor in Political Science. Outside of work, she researches disability inclusion in nonprofits around Seattle, and has authored a paper on the exclusion of persons with disabilities in international development.


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 M.B.A. 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 more than eight years of financial non-profit management experience. In her spare time, she enjoys bouldering with her son and exploring Seattle.


Emily Van Yuga
Director of Grant Programs
206-957-6290
emily@legalfoundation.org

As Director of Grant Programs, Emily oversees LFW’s grant portfolio of civil justice work across the state. Dedicated to social justice, Emily has more than 15 years of non-profit management experience advancing reproductive rights, juvenile justice, housing access, and health equity. Emily holds an M.Ed from Widener University and B.A. from Oberlin College. She currently serves on the board of GLSEN-Washington.