Martha Kongsgaard is a fifth generation Californian, born and raised in Napa, to a family of jurists, grape growers and cattlemen. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Puget Sound School of Law.
In 1988, Martha and her husband founded the Kongsgaard-Goldman Foundation which historically has broadly funded social justice, environmental, and arts related community groups in the Pacific Northwest, B.C., and Alaska. She is a founding board member of IslandWood and additionally currently serves on the boards of the Washington Women’s Foundation and the Ruckelshaus Center.
Martha has helped lead numerous political and community campaigns, including the Cascade Agenda, the expansion of IslandWood, the building of the LEED-certified Community Center at the New High Point, the headquarters of Solid Ground, The Confluence Project, The Campaign for Equal Justice, and the Three Projects/One Community Campaign of the Delridge Neighborhood Development Association, among many. Martha has served as the president of Philanthropy Northwest and has spoken broadly about philanthropy and the environmental movement to wide and diverse audiences for the past 20 years. She has won numerous awards such as the Outstanding Family Foundation Award, Woman of the Year Award from Seattle University School of Law, and the Environmental Hero Award from the Washington Environmental Council.
She is currently serving as Chair of the Leadership Council of the Puget Sound Partnership, the agency she has been dedicated to since its inception in 2007. She has three grown sons and lives in W. Seattle with her husband Peter Goldman.
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