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Who We Are:
Board of Directors

Bill Clapp - President of the Board
Paula Clapp - Vice President of the Board
Tony Mestres - Trustee
Tom Waldron - Trustee

Bob Wright - Trustee


Bill Clapp - President of the Board
Bill is President of the Board and Co-Founder of the Seattle International Foundation-- A businessman with more than 30 years of experience running a variety of companies in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and Hawaii. Bill Clapp co-founded Global Partnerships with his wife Paula Clapp in 1994. Bill retired from Matthew G. Norton Co., an investment holding company where he is still chairman, and became the CEO of Global Partnerships in early 2001. In 2002 he co-founded the Initiative for Global Development. In addition to serving on the boards of Weyerhaeuser and Alaska Airlines, he served on several community and nonprofit boards and has been actively involved in the micro-finance development areas since 1993 as an early investor. Bill has also served on many industry panels and advisory committees, speaking widely on development issues.

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Paula Clapp - Vice President of the Board
Paula is Vice-President of the Board and Co-Founder of the Seattle International Foundation. Paula co-founded Global Partnerships in 1994 with her husband, Bill Clapp, to promote economic opportunity for the people living in poverty in Latin America. In 2007 Paula and Bill started the Seattle International Foundation to promote international development, awareness and philanthropy in Seattle. Paula's current interest is to raise awareness of sex trafficking internationally and in our own community. She is an investor in the international movie SOLD and she is a co-founder of the local nonprofit StolenYouth. In addition into these organizations, Paula has served as a volunteer on the boards of Make A Wish Foundation, One World Now, the Medina Foundation and the Vestry of Saint Marks Cathedral and has volunteered with Women's Funding Alliance, Accion U.S., Habitat for Humanity and Children's Hospital. She is also was a founding member of the Washington Women's Foundation. Paula holds a masters degree in counseling and worked as a middle school school counselor at Zion Preparatory Academy. Paula and Bill recently received the AK Guy award from the YMCA for their volunteerism, and they were honored by Seattle University with an Honorary Degree in Humanities. Paula also received the Women of Valor award from Senator Maria Cantwell. She is the proud grandmother of four wonderful grandchildren.

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Tony Mestres - Trustee
Tony is a Trustee of the Seattle International Foundation and currently serves as president and CEO of The Seattle Foundation, one of the nation’s largest community foundations.

Previously a general manager and vice president at Microsoft, Tony oversaw worldwide sales and marketing execution for the company's mobile business. In his prior role as vice president of Microsoft’s Consumer Channels Group, Tony was globally responsible for managing strategic alliances and execution of Microsoft’s PC, Phone and TV Entertainment strategy and reported to the company’s chief marketing officer. Tony joined Microsoft in 1999, where he served in multiple senior leadership roles including chief of staff for Microsoft’s Communications Sector. He has also served as a member of the leadership team at The Walter Group, a Seattle-based venture capital and consultancy firm. Tony has more than 12 years experience as a partner and board member of Social Venture Partners, a 500-member organization that cultivates effective philanthropists. In addition, he is president emeritus of the board of directors of Kindering, a nonprofit organization serving children with special needs and their families. With his extensive experience developing and implementing innovative strategies, and building partnerships, Tony is leading The Seattle Foundation in achieving its mission to foster powerful and rewarding philanthropy to make King County a stronger, more vibrant community for all.  

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Tom Waldron - Trustee
Over the past 30 years Tom and his colleagues have established Waldron as one of the premier consulting firms. Tom has also played a significant role in increasing the diversity among other key leadership positions and on boards of directors through his search efforts. Tom's advisory relationships have influenced the direction of literally hundreds of community organizations and private enterprises over the years. As CEO of Waldron, Tom splits his time between direct client work in the Social Enterprise practice and developing and managing the strategic focus for the Firm.

Tom was recruited from business school at the University of Washington to join Botany 500, a major national apparel retailer. In four years he progressed from Trainee to the youngest Regional Manager in the company’s history. He then joined Executive Resources, Inc., a Seattle-based executive search firm providing services to Fortune 500 companies. Within six years he was named Partner, and opened the firm’s Portland, Oregon and San Francisco, California offices. In 1982, Tom returned to Seattle to launch Waldron.

Tom previously served on the boards of Wellspring Family Services, The International District Health Clinic, Women's Funding Alliance, Washington State Ferry Advisory Committee, Global Philanthropy Forum, and Evergreen Partners. He currently serves on the boards of the Burke Museum, Pro Mujer, advisory  board of the UW Evans School of Public Affairs, Global Partnerships executive committee, and Empowering Women host committee.

Tom and his wife Pam are personally engaged in local and global philanthropic endeavors. “I would like you to think that our engagement in philanthropy is doing our part for the greater good. However, a near total emersion in the work being done in domestic and global poverty alleviation has been the most intellectually stimulating journey of my life--it has changed my social network, reading habits and my life purpose. Pretty self-serving if you ask me.”

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Bob Wright - Trustee
Robert R. Wright is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Matthew G. Norton Co., (MGN) and its subsidiary company, Northwest Building LLC (NWB).  MGN is a privately held holding company that manages investments in real estate, private equities and marketable securities. NWB is among the top commercial real estate investment, development and management firms in the Pacific Northwest. Based in Seattle they have developed some of the largest industrial parks in Washington.

Mr. Wright has 20 years of senior leadership and management experience with a focus in the areas of real estate, tax and finance, in private industry and public accounting environment. His experience prior to Matthew G. Norton Co. includes serving as the Regional Managing Partner of Tax for Arthur Andersen and as the Chief Financial Officer of Brinderson Ltd., a construction and real estate development company.

Mr. Wright received his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from California State University, Fullerton and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).  Mr. Wright serves currently as a member of the following boards: Matthew G. Norton Company; Expeditors International; Stimson Lumber Company; Medina Foundation; Northshore Baptist Church; and the Seattle Police Foundation.

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