Carmen serves as the finance and administration director, and is responsible for overseeing and ensuring the accuracy and integrity of the foundation’s systems, internal controls, and procedures. Early on in her career, Carmen was inspired by mission-driven organizations working with communities that had been marginalized. She strives to make the foundation’s grantmaking process streamlined and convenient so organizations can focus on programmatic efforts. Prior to the foundation, she worked at various nonprofits in Washington and California.
A first-generation college graduate, Carmen earned a BA in business management and economics from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She serves on the board of Southeast Seattle Education Coalition, which seeks to improve education for students furthest from opportunities. In her free time, she enjoys spending time in her community of Beacon Hill in Seattle and rediscovering life marvels with her seven-year-old son, Mateo.