Karyn McKelvey

Karyn McKelvey currently works as the Grants & Program Manager at the Laird Norton Family Foundation and has been immersed in the Seattle area nonprofit and philanthropic community for more 15 years. During her career, she has worked in the arts, health and human services, education, and environmental sectors – with deep personal commitments to social justice, caring for our planet and all creatures. Karyn grew up in Bellevue, WA, graduated from Gonzaga University, and holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington. She loves the natural beauty of this part of the world; outside of work, you will find her exploring tidepools and forests, traveling, volunteering with wildlife, hiking or snowshoeing, and tending to an ever-growing jungle of houseplants.

Karyn joined Washington Women’s Foundation as a member in December 2021 to deepen her learning of collective, trust-based philanthropy and engage in positive social change for our communities.

Learn & Connect

Get engaged with us by attending our philanthropy learning series, visiting a grantee, or attending one of our grant award celebrations.


Introducing our 2024 Grantees

Washington Women’s Foundation is proud to announce our 2024 Collective...

OPEN CALL: Invitation to Board Service

Are you looking for a new or deeper way to...

Navigating Change at Washington Women’s Foundation 

In 2018, amidst strategic planning sessions and deep reflections on...

Join our Work

Join our work by becoming a member, making a gift to our grant funds, sponsoring an event, or joining our Legacy Circle.