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Bill and Paula ClappSIF was founded by Bill and Paula Clapp, who have more than 15 years of experience in international development work. In 1994, they co-founded Global Partnerships where Bill was formerly the CEO, and currently serves as Chairman. Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, the Clapps appreciate the generosity of spirit and the inclusiveness towards others of the region. Their willingness to invest in global nonprofits is a testament to their understanding of the interdependence and needs of the global community.

Bill and Paula Clapp
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 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. Bill also co-founded the Initiative for Global Development with other notable international philanthropists from the Pacific Northwest, where he currently serves as director. 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.

Paula is Vice-President of the Board and Co-Founder of the Seattle International Foundation. Paula also co-founded Global Partnerships in 1994 with Bill to promote economic opportunity for people living in poverty in Latin America. In addition to her work with Global Partnerships, Paula is active in the Seattle community and is a founding member of the Washington Women’s Foundation. Paula holds a master’s degree in counseling and has worked as a middle school counselor at Zion Preparatory Academy, and as a volunteer recreational therapist at Children’s Hospital in Seattle. Paula dedicates her time and energy to advocate for global poverty alleviation and to educate the community about the success of microcredit lending to eliminate poverty. Currently, she is working to raise awareness around international and local sex trafficking.

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