Tony Mestres is the president and CEO of the Seattle Foundation, one of the largest community foundations in the US, with over US$1 billion in assets. He leads the charge for powerful and rewarding philanthropy in Seattle, directs strategic support to more than 1,200 individual, family and corporate philanthropists and oversees the investment of more than $100 million in charitable grants a year.
Tony had a 22-year career in the world of technology. As vice president of Microsoft, he directed the worldwide sales and marketing group responsible for the Windows product line. He also managed strategic partnerships and the execution of Microsoft’s PC, Mobile and TV Entertainment strategy. He was also recognized as one of Global Telecom’s Business 40 under 40 Most Promising Executives.
His philanthropic leadership includes more than 16 years as a member of the board of directors at Social Venture Partners, a 600-member organization that cultivates philanthropy, and holding the title of President Emeritus of the Kindering Center, a nonprofit that serves and supports children with special needs and their families.
He has extensive experience in the development and implementation of innovative strategies and in the creation of organizations. In addition to serving on the SIF board of directors, he is a member of the executive boards of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, City Year Seattle/King County, the Washington Roundtable, and the Council on Foundations, an association of grantmaking foundations and corporations.