Christal Chiu
Grants Coordinator

As Grants Coordinator, Christal guides applicants and grantees through the grants cycle and connects civil legal aid providers to LFW. She holds a MA from New York University 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

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.

Leanne Empinado
Development Coordinator

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 BA 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

When Natalia was in highschool, 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 6 years on the University District Food Bank board of directors where she also served as Co-Chair of the food bank’s 5-year Fight Hunger Build Hope capital campaign for a new facility. She holds a Master of Arts degree in English Literature from Claremont Graduate University and a B.A. from Western Washington University.

Linda D. Graham
Special Accounts Receivable Manager

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.

Melinda Mann
Chief Development & Stewardship Officer

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).

Kristin Parker
Office Manager

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

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

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.

Emily Van Yuga
Director of Grant Programs

As Director of Grant Programs, Emily oversees LFW’s grant portfolio of civil justice work across the state. Dedicated to social justice, Emily has over fifteen 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.