Kathleen Pierce has served on the 501 Commons board since 2008. She is the managing trustee of a small family foundation, the Kirkpatrick Family Foundation, and recently retired as an adjunct faculty member of Seattle University's Executive Masters of Nonprofit Leadership Program where she taught a course on Public Policy, Advocacy, and Collaboration.
Currently, Kathleen is a member of several nonprofit collaborations, boards, and committees: Neighbor-to-Neighbor Fund (collaborative, small grants program); Family, Friend & Neighbor Statewide Leadership Team (early learning funding and policy); Washington Park Arboretum Foundation Board; Legal Action Center Board; and Philanthropy Northwest, Public Policy Committee.
Kathleen was a founder of the SOAR Opportunity Fund, a public-private collaboration that made strategic investments to enhance opportunities for King County children and youth. She is past chair of the Municipal League of King County, and in the early 80s was the executive director of a statewide nonprofit, Citizens Education Center, which engaged citizens in improving public school finance and governance. She also practiced law in Seattle and Eugene, Oregon. Kathleen was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, and has a B.A. in political science from Stanford University, and a J.D. degree from the University of Puget Sound/Seattle University.