Nicole Keenan is the Partnership’s Senior Development Manager and is responsible for supporting and implementing the Partnership’s fund development strategies. Nicole approaches raising money as community organizing, which she carries into her role. Prior to joining the Partnership, Nicole spent five years working with our Seattle based affiliate, Puget Sound Sage, most recently as its Executive Director, where she quadrupled the reserves and grew the team from seven to fifteen people. Nicole also co-founded the Fair Work Center, which provides know your rights training and free legal assistance to workers. She played instrumental roles in (1) passing $15 minimum wage in SeaTac and Seattle, (2) preventing the construction of a coal export terminal in Grays Harbor County, (3) shaping how labor standards are enforced in Seattle, and (4) founding or shaping half-a-dozen leadership development programs for people of color whose graduates are running for office, leading organizations, and shaping policy across the country. Nicole has served on or established the case to create several local commissions and community oversight boards on a range of issues including: housing affordability, labor standards, and environmental justice. She occasionally lectures at the University of Washington and Seattle University in their public policy and social work programs. Originally from New York City, Nicole also calls Virginia and Seattle home.
The Leadership of The Partnership and the Affiliates