Board of Directors
Bill Center retired from the U.S. Navy as Rear Admiral in 1999 after 35 years service and not long afterwards assumed leadership of a Seattle-based trade advocacy group where he worked for the next seven years. He now lectures and serves as a senior advisor for international fellows programs at the University of Washington’s Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs. He believes it is possible to eliminate extreme global poverty and he says he has no plans to fully retire until that goal is reached.
A specialist in policy analysis, strategic planning and organization development, Center served as a senior advisor to the Joint Chiefs of Staff on arms control, non-proliferation, environmental matters, and international agreements. He was General Colin Powell’s deputy director for international negotiations and served in the same role for General John Shalikashvili. In his final assignment, from May 1996 to May 1999, he commanded the Navy’s third largest fleet concentration area, Navy Region Northwest.
Bill is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the Evans School. During his naval career he commanded three ships and served in a wide variety of assignments at sea and ashore, including three years as chief engineer on the aircraft carrier USS Midway. Along with his wife and two sons, he lived in Japan during three different assignments totaling eight years.
Upon retiring from the Navy, Center devoted himself to nonprofit leadership, education and volunteer work. He served until 2007 as president of the Washington Council on International Trade, a nonprofit, non-partisan association that advocates for good trade policy and promotes understanding of the role and importance of trade. He is a leader in the Rotary Club of Seattle and the US Naval Academy Alumni Association. A sought-after public speaker, he has also taught various courses on leadership, economics and the graduate seminar on U.S. Foreign Policy at the Evans School.
Raised in Los Angeles, Bill and Karla, his wife of 44 years, reside in Edmonds. He enjoys spending time with their twin granddaughters, music, cooking, woodworking, landscape design and sports
Bill Clapp – Founder and President of the Board, Global Washington
Seattle International Foundation
Bill is President of the Board and Co-Founder of the Seattle International Foundation — A businessman with more than 30 years of experience running a variety of companies in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and Hawaii. Bill Clapp co- founded Global Partnerships with his wife Paula Clapp in 1994. Bill retired from Matthew G. Norton Co., an investment holding company where he is still chairman, and became the CEO of Global Partnerships in early 2001. In 2002 he co-founded the Initiative for Global Development. In addition to serving on the boards of Weyerhaeuser and Alaska Airlines, he served on several community and nonprofit boards and has been actively involved in the micro-finance development areas since 1993 as an early investor. Bill has also served on many industry panels and advisory committees, speaking widely on development issues.
Tim Hanstad is President and CEO of Landesa (www.landesa.org), a global organization that partners with developing country governments to help provide legal rights to land for rural families and women. Landesa (formerly the Rural Development Institute) has offices in seven cities including Seattle, Delhi, Beijing, and Bangalore as well as a Center for Women’s Land Rights. Hanstad is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, the World Economic Forum Community, La Pietra Coalition to Advance Women, a Schwab Foundation Outstanding Social Entrepreneur, and is an affiliate faculty member at the University of Washington School of Law where he has co-directed a graduate program in Law of Sustainable International Development. Hanstad most recent book is One Billion Rising Rising: Law, Land and the Alleviation of Global Poverty (with Roy Prosterman & Robert Mitchell, and forward by Joe Stiglitz).
Scott Jackson, Chief Executive Officer, joined Global Impact October 2011. A non-governmental organization (NGO) veteran with more than 20 years of experience, Mr. Jackson leads Global Impact’s giving initiatives. He holds direct responsibility for workplace giving, campaign management for the Combined Federal Campaigns, partnerships and strategic alliances.
Mr. Jackson joined Global Impact after five years serving as Vice President for External Relations at PATH. While there, his strategic responsibilities included developing and strengthening relationships with partners and donors, while maximizing the visibility of PATH’s work.
Before joining PATH in 2006, Mr. Jackson was Senior Vice President at World Vision US where he directed external relations, key partnerships, community relations and strategic initiatives. He managed a fundraising portfolio of more than $60 million. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Jackson served as President and Managing Director of APCO Seattle, a worldwide public affairs and strategic communications consulting firm. In 1989, he founded TRADEC (Trade and Development Consortium), one of the first marketing and communications firms in North America to specialize in international trade promotion, technology transfer and market access.
University of Washington Bothell
Dr. Susan Jeffords joined the University of Washington Bothell in September of 2007 as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Jeffords has led delegations abroad in community-university strategic partnerships and was appointed by the UW president as the Chair of the International Task Force in 1995, which resulted in a university-wide report on the UW’s international expertise and current activities. Jeffords has written and taught broadly in the area of American popular culture, with a particular emphasis on Hollywood film, the Vietnam War, and feminism. She is particularly committed to increasing opportunities for more diverse and underrepresented communities to participate actively in higher education, including expanding opportunities for international engagement.
Housing Development Consortium of Seattle-King County
Marty Kooistra is the current Executive Director of Housing Development Consortium and he started this role in December 2013. Prior to that, Marty Kooistra was the CEO of Habitat for Humanity’s Seattle/South King County affiliate since 2008. Under his leadership, the affiliate has aligned its strategies and outcomes around neighborhood revitalization. To this end, the affiliate’s programs directly target sustainability (at the family, neighborhood and environmental levels), community and global engagement, and the essential role of affordable homeownership in a robust local housing continuum.
Prior to joining the Seattle/South King County Habitat affiliate, Marty held several leadership positions with Habitat for Humanity’s international headquarters (HFHI). As regional director, he established standards for accelerated asset recovery and oversaw the Native Peoples Initiative. As vice president of post-Katrina collaborations & strategic partnerships, he convened two powerful Gulf recovery coalitions involving Enterprise Community Partners, Enterprise Corporation of the Delta, HFHI, LISC, NeighborWorks, RALLY, Tulane University, and World Vision. Marty also served as HFHI’s director of construction & environmental resources and senior director of global program design & implementation and was appointed to HFHI’s enterprise strategic planning leadership team.
Marty serves on the Seattle housing levy oversight committee; the state legislative committee of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance; the community service committee of Seattle Rotary; the new market tax credit advisory committee of Global Green; and the affiliate enhancement committee of Habitat’s U.S. Council. Past service positions include: Federal Home Loan Bank advisory council; Lifecycle Building Challenge judge; Iowa Human Services coordinating board; Siouxland diaconal conference; JFA NW Iowa board of directors; and Sioux Empire homeless coalition.
Social Technologist and Co-Chairman, NComputing Inc.
Will is an independent Social-Technologist, supporting ICT for Development projects and startups, and promoting Creative Capitalism. He is also Co-Chairman of NComputing, which in 2010 shipped its two-millionth unit, 75% of which are deployed in schools. Will was previously corporate VP of the Unlimited Potential Group at Microsoft, co-leading efforts to bring social and economic opportunity to the “next billion”. Will also ran Microsoft’s Windows Client business, delivering 30 percent of corporate revenues. Before Windows, Will headed up New Media Platforms and other internet and digital media groups. Will joined Microsoft in 1996 with the acquisition of eShop, an internet e-commerce pioneer which he co-founded in 1991. Before that, he spent five years in marketing and engineering roles at Sun Microsystems. Will received a degree in Computer Science from Brown University in 1983. http://www.creativecap.org
Global Affairs, University of Washington
Jeffrey Riedinger assumed the position of Vice Provost of Global Affairs at the University of Washington on Sept. 1, 2013. A Seattle native who earned his law degree from the UW School of Law in 1980, Riedinger now oversees the university’s multiple activities in the global arena including study abroad, exchanges for students and faculty with universities in other countries, and support for international research and centers the UW has established abroad.
Prior to joining the UW Office of Global Affairs, Riedinger was dean of International Studies and Programs at Michigan State University (MSU). His responsibilities included facilitating multidisciplinary research and project collaborations, formulating proposals for external funding and strategic partnerships abroad to advance research, teaching, and engagement on critical global issues. He also guided efforts to enhance the internationalization of curricula and student life, and sought to enhance program quality, curricular integration, and cost control in study-abroad and other exchanges programs.
Riedinger joined MSU in 1990 as an assistant professor of political science. He also served as an associate professor of political science and of resource development, as well as a professor of community sustainability. He was co-director and then director for seven years of the Center for Advanced Study of International Development. He has first-hand experience with undergraduate study abroad programming. From 1993-2001, he co-directed a study abroad program in Australia, jointly sponsored by MSU’s Department of Political Science and School of Criminal Justice. He also co-directed an Australian internship program on behalf of a consortium of Midwest universities. Riedinger, an expert on the political economy of land reform and sustainable agriculture and natural resource management, has conducted research in East and Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Central America, the Middle East and South Asia.
One ongoing project involves colleagues from the UW, universities in Beijing and the Seattle-based Landesa (formerly Rural Development Institute) conducting surveys of China’s rural families to provide evidence-based recommendations to the Chinese government to enhance long-term land-use rights for farmers. As they are implemented, these laws and policies can improve the security of agricultural land use rights for China’s nearly 200 million rural farm households. Among his U.S.-based activities, Riedinger has conducted briefings on foreign aid, land reform and other development issues for members of the White House staff, state department and USAID personnel, members of Congress and their staff, World Bank, non-governmental organizations and private foundations.
Riedinger has written two books and more than 30 articles, chapters, reviews and monographs. He’s written opinion pieces for news outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Newsday and the Los Angeles Times. He received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in 1977. After earning his Juris Doctor degree from the UW, he earned a master’s and doctorate from Princeton in 1989 and 1991 respectively.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Carol Welch is a Senior Program Officer on the Policy & Advocacy team within the Global Development Program at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Carol comes to the foundation from the United Nations’ Millennium Campaign where she coordinated efforts in the United States. The campaign seeks to promote public understanding and awareness of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and the role of citizens and governments in meeting these internationally agreed goals. Carol worked with a wide range of constituencies to support their efforts to promote the MDGs, build diverse coalitions, develop curricula, and outreach to the public and media. Previously, Carol worked for over seven years at Friends of the Earth, where her last position was Director of the International Program, overseeing FoE’s campaigns on international financial institutions, trade and corporate accountability. Carol served on the Executive Committee of the Jubilee 2000/USA debt campaign and has authored several articles and publications on World Bank/IMF reform issues.
Director of Development, PATH
Mr. Wu takes on a new leadership role at PATH as chief development officer with responsibility for direction of PATH’s philanthropic fund development strategy and operations, expansion of its philanthropic support, and acceleration of funding for new innovations. David has a more than 25-year track record improving organizational effectiveness and results through delivery of leading-edge fundraising programs and executive leadership. His skills and background will contribute to PATH’s growth as an innovator in providing access to global health.
In his position with Woodland Park Zoo, Mr. Wu provides strategic leadership of fund development and External Relations operations, including communications, government affairs, membership, and volunteer relationship management. During his tenure, he provided overarching direction for the $80 million, seven-year “More Wonder More Wild” campaign designed to raise program, capital, and endowment support—which has raised $71.8 million toward its goal.
Previously, Mr. Wu served at the University of Washington in a variety of senior development roles, including associate vice president for campaign and development programs, where he worked closely with university leadership to provide supervision for a comprehensive capital campaign with a working goal of $2 billion. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Bowling Green State University.
Director of Retail Transformation, Starbucks Coffee Company
Katie Young is a director of retail transformation at Starbucks Coffee Company, currently focusing on food strategy. She recently joined Starbucks from McKinsey & Company, where she worked in several major sectors including social sector, consumer packaged goods, and agribusiness. Her work primarily focused on agricultural development and food security. Example work included developing food security strategies to reduce poverty and malnutrition for 16 USAID Missions in SSA, Asia, and Latin America, developing an end-to-end strategy to increase soy productivity, and processing in Sub Saharan Africa though private sector demand sinks, and creating a frontline change strategy for the Ethiopian Government’s 60,000 extension agents. She also was part of the team that modeled agriculture’s potential impact on reducing global hunger and poverty; this work resulted in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation making a commitment to agriculture as a strategic priority.
Katie holds a Masters in Public Policy (MPP, focusing on International Development) from the University of Chicago and a Bachelors in Spanish and Honors Political Science from Kenyon College.