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UNCF Seattle

“A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in.”® Why not invest your time or money in better futures for young people in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and around the country?

UNCF Seattle is here to help you send a student to college and turn his or her life around. Our goal is to be able to provide every local minority student with the funds they need to support their college education and promote awareness of UNCF in the Pacific Northwest.

Don’t miss the virtual event of the season–The UNCF Seattle Virtual “A Mind Is…” Gala, March 4, 2021. Visit for details and tickets.

UNCF and Alaska Airlines are helping students reach their destinations. Alaska Mileage Plan members, please give your miles today. Build #BetterFutures, Donate Today.

Did You Know?

UNCF Seattle provides support to local students in many ways, including:

UNCF Leadership Council


  • Chris Bennett, The Seattle Medium Newspaper
  • Ron Bennett, American Pacific Mortgage
  • Dr. Chelsia Berry, Seattle Central College
  • Carmen Best, Seattle Police Department Headquarters
  • Dr. Al Black, University of Washington Professor (retired)
  • Nicole L. Black, Esq., CMS Seattle Regional Office
  • Roxie Carberry, Amazon
  • Sarita Carter, Seattle Seahawks
  • Dwane Chappell, City of Seattle
  • Charlene Francisco
  • Kercedric Holley-Bell, U.S. Bank
  • Mele M. Hunter, Key Private Bank
  • Shaunta Hyde, Alaska Airlines
  • Catherine Gibson, Evolve
  • Carl Gipson, AT&T
  • Sean Greenlee, Consultant
  • LaShanda Hurst, Microsoft
  • Barry Jennings, Microsoft
  • Nina Jennings, HBO
  • Salimah Karmali, Amazon
  • Anthony Metoyer, Boeing
  • Nate Miles, Lilly
  • Mele M. Miller, Key Private Bank
  • Eric Pettigrew, Representative, 37th Legislative District
  • Dr. Skip Rowland, Bannercross
  • Debra Smiley, Laird Norton Wealth Management
  • Lisa Smith 
  • Nzinga Shaw, Starbucks
  • Anthony Shoecraft, City of Seattle
  • Dr. George Wallerstein, University of Washington
  • Jaliya Washington, UNCF
  • Adonis Williams, Portfolio Project
  • Dr. John D. Dockins, EvergreenHealth
  • Joelle Skaga Nausin, Alaska Airlines
  • Andrew Liu, Ernst & Young
  • John C. McCullough, McCullough Hill Leary PS
  • Sandy McCullough, Community Advocate
  • Karen Wilkens-Mickey, Seattle Seahawks



  • Tamara Brown, Heritage Bank NW
  • Domonique Debnam, Nike
  • Tanisha Doyle
  • Joy Fowler, Port of Portland
  • Vicki Guinn, MS, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center
  • Michelle Harper, Portland Parks and Recreation (Retired)
  • Sheila Holden, Pacific Power
  • Mimi Hunter, Nike
  • Keyanus Jacobo, Nike
  • Carol Johnson, State of Oregon Civil Rights
  • Shauncey Mashia, Jordan Brand
  • Kelly L. Michael, Kaiser Permanente
  • Larry Miller, Jordan Brand
  • Michael Montgomery, U.S. Bank
  • April Murphy,City of Portland
  • Lorry Perkins, Nike
  • Cameryn Rutlin, Nike
  • Shelia Searight, Intel
  • Patricia Simpson, Nike
  • Jesse Welch, Retired
  • Jo’Rita Williams, Kaiser Permanente
  • Patricia Williams, Marketing and Communication Consultant


  • Vonnie Gaither, Community Volunteer, Retired
  • Johnny Gibbons, Dickerson and Gibbons Inc.
  • Dr. William Green, Pastor, Eagle River Missionary Baptist Church
  • Ruth McConnell, Community Volunteer
  • Marva Watson, Director of Diversity, University of Alaska Anchorage

UNCF Seattle Staff