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Lara Iglitzin, Executive Director
Lara Iglitzin has been the executive director of the Foundation since 1995. Arriving at the Foundation in 1992 as a program officer, she developed the Foundation's Russian human rights program in Russia. Lara did her undergraduate work at the University of Washington in Russian and East European studies, and received master's degrees in Russian history and Russian studies, from the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University respectively. She specialized in U.S.-Soviet relations and early 20th century political history. Her master's thesis was dedicated to the impact of the Jackson-Vanik Amendment on Soviet foreign policy. Prior to her work at the Foundation, Lara managed the Congressional Roundtable on U.S.-Soviet Relations in Washington, D.C. Active in the national grantmaking community, she helped to establish the group Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement and served as board president for three years. She was also integral to the creation of the International Human Rights Funders Group. Lara has published many articles in national and regional publications on Russian politics and human rights as well as issues in philanthropy. She is active in the Northwest philanthropic community, serving as a long-time trainer for Philanthropy Northwest in its Best Practices in Grantmaking workshops.  Contact Lara


Jelena Jurkovic small size Jelena Jurkovic, Finance Officer
Jelena joined the Foundation in 1999. She is responsible for the Foundation's budgeting processes as well as fiscal management and analyses. She plays an active role in helping with the Foundation's Strategic Initiatives and programs, in addition to coordinating special events. Jelena also oversees the human resources and office management of the Foundation. Originally from Croatia, Jelena has a master's degree in economics from the University of Zagreb. Her prior work experience is in the financial and budgeting fields, including having served as a financial analyst at Rade Koncar/Olivetti, a joint venture company based in Zagreb.  She also worked as an organizational consultant at various medical institutions in Croatia.  Contact Jelena


Carol Vipperman Carol Vipperman, Senior Advisor & Program Manager for Henry M. Jackson Leadership Fellows Program
Carol joined the Foundation half-time in July 2013, after serving as a consultant for over a year to it and other organizations. Her responsibilities include strategic communications and leading a new program for the Foundation, the Henry M. Jackson Leadership Fellows Program. Prior to joining the Foundation, Carol was president and founder of the Foundation for Russian-American Economic Cooperation (FRAEC) a nonprofit organization that for 22 years advanced U.S.-Russia business and community relations. Carol also had a successful career as a consultant and public speaker conducting training courses in marketing, customer service and sales for organizations throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. She is the author of two books – Marketing Your Service and Professional Selling, both published by Self-Counsel Press. Carol continues to consult part-time for nonprofit organizations. She has a B.A. from the University of Washington in Far Eastern and Slavic Studies, with an emphasis on Russia.  Contact Carol


Maura Sullivan 1 small size Maura Sullivan, Program Officer
Maura joined the Foundation in August, 2013. Her responsibilities include supporting the Foundation’s program and grant making process in the four program areas. She contributes to proposal development and the grant review process. Maura creates internal and external written materials and communications, such as annual reports, newsletters, and board meeting materials. Maura earned master’s degrees from the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies and the Evans School of Public Affairs. Her previous work experience includes county-level government management auditing and serving as legislative fiscal staff in the Washington State Senate.  Contact Maura