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Kathryn Terry, Executive Director (terry@hmjackson.org)

Katy joined the Foundation in January 2020. Working with the Board of Directors, staff and partners, she is responsible for strategic planning, program development, finance and budgeting, and implementing the Foundation’s programs and mission. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked at King County Parks, serving for ten years as the Deputy Director and Interim Director. Her previous experience included work in the nonprofit and public sectors in programs, donor relations and finance. Katy has joint masters degrees from the University of Washington in International Studies and Public Affairs, and a B.A. from Columbia University in Russian.


Maura Sullivan, Program Officer (sullivan@hmjackson.org)

Maura joined the Foundation in August, 2013.  She leads the Foundation’s programming and grant making, including managing proposal development and the review process for the Foundation’s annual grants budget of approximately $500,000.  Maura develops and implements organizational initiatives and priorities. She serves as the direct point of contact to relevant stakeholders and Foundation partners. She drafts internal and external written communications, including board meeting materials, annual reports, newsletters, and social media content. Maura earned joint master’s degrees from the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy & Governance and the Jackson School of International Studies, and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington Foster School of Business. Her previous work experience includes management auditing in county-level government and serving as legislative fiscal staff on the Washington State Senate’s Ways & Means Committee.

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Carol Vipperman, Senior Advisor & Program Manager (vipperman@hmjackson.org)

Carol joined the Foundation part-time in July 2013. Her responsibilities include strategic communications and leading the Henry M. Jackson Leadership Fellows Program and the Jackson Fellows Network. 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.

Gretchen Frankenstein, Office Manager (foundation@hmjackson.org)

Gretchen joined the Foundation in July 2017. Her responsibilities include the Foundation’s budgeting and fiscal management, operations management, and coordinating and managing the many events that the Foundation is involved in throughout the year. Gretchen’s background includes operations and finance consulting for local environmental non-profits and developing and leading citizen science efforts to monitor the health of Puget Sound’s coastal areas. Gretchen’s earned her bachelor’s degree in Russian and East European Studies from the Jackson School of International Studies and her Master’s degree in Marine and Estuarine Science from Western Washington University.