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.

February’s UNCF Sunday Making a Mark Across Washington

Seeking the faithful on Sunday, Feb. 26 to ensure HBCUs remain operable during the pandemic and deserving students across Washington have the funds to get to and through college.

Join UNCF Sunday on 2/26 to give the gift of knowledge and help create better futures for young men and women who belong to faith communities across the country.  #UNCFfaith#HBCUStrong

To get involved as individual or organization contact Dallas Richardson.

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


Alaska AirlinesAlaska Airlines, UNCF Celebrate Education and Equity with Special Aircraft

In partnership with UNCF, Alaska Airlines’ special aircraft is a symbol of their commitment to education and advancing racial equity at Alaska Airlines, and the company hopes it inspires others as well.

One of the airline’s diversity, equity and inclusion commitments is to help create career pathways for young people by supporting programs like UNCF, the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization, who they been working with for more than 15 years. On April 26, the airline revealed a special aircraft that symbolizes their support for education and equity – called “Our Commitment.” We know there is much more to do, and this airplane is a flying reminder of the journey. Revenue service for the aircraft begins on April 27, with an inaugural flight from Seattle to Washington D.C. >>Read More

Did You Know?

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


UNCF Leadership Council


  • Ron Bennett, American Pacific Mortgage
  • Dr. Chelsia Berry, Seattle Central College
  • Carmen Best, MSNBC
  • Dr. Al Black, University of Washington Professor (retired)
  • Nicole L. Black, Esq., CMS Seattle Regional Office
  • Sarita Carter, Seattle Seahawks
  • Dwane Chappelle, City of Seattle
  • Isa Ellis, Gates Foundation
  • Kercedric Holley-Bell, U.S. Bank
  • Shaunta Hyde, Amazon
  • Catherine Gibson, Evolve
  • Carl Gipson, AT&T
  • Sean Greenlee, University of Washington
  • LaShanda Hurst, Microsoft
  • Barry Jennings, Microsoft
  • Nina Jennings, HBO
  • Anthony Metoyer, Boeing
  • Nate Miles, Lilly
  • Mele M. Miller, Seattle Credit Union
  • Eric Pettigrew, NHL
  • Alice Shobe, Amazon
  • Debra Smiley, Laird Norton Wealth Management
  • Lisa Smith, Microsoft
  • Rebecca Pomering, Moss Adams
  • Jeffrey Pyatt, Broadmark Realty Capital Inc.
  • Dr. George Wallerstein, University of Washington
  • 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
  • Heather Goldsmith, PACCAR, Seattle Seahawks


  • Tamara Brown, Heritage Bank NW
  • Zachary Clay, Consolidated Metco, Inc. (ConMet)
  • Domonique Debnam, Nike
  • Joy Fowler,
  • Michelle Harper, Portland Parks and Recreation (Retired)
  • Sheila Holden, Pacific Power
  • Mimi Hunter, Nike
  • Keyanus Jacobo, Nike
  • Shauncey Mashia, Jordan Brand
  • Kelly L. Michael, Kaiser Permanente
  • Whitney Pettigrew, Kaiser Permanente
  • April Murphy,City of Portland
  • Cameryn Rutlin, Nike
  • Shelia Searight, Intel
  • Patricia Simpson, Nike
  • Jesse Welch, Retired
  • Jo’Rita Williams, Kaiser Permanente
  • Patricia Williams, Marketing and Communication Consultant
  • Bob Gravely, PacifiCorp
  • Tiffany Dempsey, Community Advocate
  • Larry Miller, Jordan Brand, 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