Yvonne is a financial professional, a long-time champion of women and girls, and a committed Women’s Funding Alliance donor. Her passion to improve the world for women and girls was heavily influenced by her experiences as a college-educated woman beginning her career in the South. Early in life, she witnessed and personally experienced both the obvious and the subtle ways that girls and women in our culture are marginalized and diminished.
Today, she draws inspiration from two beliefs: the gaps are still far too large while progress toward equality is too small, and great things happen when women are empowered around their finances. Confronted with these daily reminders, Yvonne finds her own feminism and philanthropic leadership ignited all over again. “The wage gap between men and women has barely budged in the 30-some years since I began my professional career in 1982. The lack of progress is unacceptable and the gap for women in Washington State is even worse than the national average. I want to do something about it! I am excited to focus my giving and energy to ignite change for women in our community.”