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This profile was last updated on 11/13/14  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

Chief Executive Officer

Local Address: Seattle, Washington, United States
The Russell Family Foundation
3025 Harborview Dr.
Gig Harbor, Washington 98335
United States

Company Description: The Puyallup Watershed Initiative is full of hundreds of community members who share a common interest or passion within the watershed, and work toget

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • bachelor's degree , English
    University of California at Davis
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Richard Woo of the ..., 13 Nov 2014 [cached]
Richard Woo of the Russell Family Foundation says what's more important than divestment from fossil fuels is investing those dollars into the development of sustainable alternatives.
Much of the fossil-fuel divestment debate has centered around whether the act of divesting can have a truely positive impact, while the "invest" part of the divest-invest movement tends not to garner the same attention. Richard Woo, CEO of the Russell Family Foundation, explains how the foundation recently invested in Ecotrust Forest Management, a forestland investment management company, as part of their strategy in mission investing after divesting their portfolio's holdings in coal.
The foundation actually expects more financial value and competitive returns because, as Woo explains:
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Richard Woo, Chief Executive Officer, The Russell Family Foundation
Board Members and Advisors - Confluence Philanthropy, 29 Oct 2013 [cached]
Richard Woo, Executive Director, The Russell Family Foundation
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Richard Woo CEO, The Russell Family Foundation Board Member, Council on Foundations Board Member, Philanthropy Northwest
Meet the CEO > The Russell Family Foundation, 13 Aug 2014 [cached]
Meet the CEO: Richard Woo Some people call Richard a seasoned grantmaker. But he prefers the word "marinated", given how many years he's been at this work.
Before joining The Russell Family Foundation in 2000, Richard worked for nearly twelve years at Levi Strauss & Co. in San Francisco in community relations, corporate social responsibility and philanthropy. He finished his company time as executive director of the Levi Strauss Foundation. Earlier in his career, Richard spent fourteen years working on community health and youth development in Northern California nonprofit organizations.
Richard serves on the board of directors of Philanthropy Northwest and is a member of the Visiting Committee for the Masters in Nonprofit Leadership Program at Seattle University. He is a past board member of Northern California Grantmakers, Asian American and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy and the Council on Foundations.
We invite you to watch this brief video as Richard talks candidly about curiosity, risk-taking and learning.
"The act of giving is about putting your money where your heart is...when you do that then you are aligning your passions with your words and ultimately your actions. And that is what we are trying to do here as a Foundation, is to try to bring all of those things into alignment."
~ Richard Woo
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