President & CEO
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Tony Mestres is the president and CEO of Seattle Foundation, one of the largest community foundations in the country. Recognized for his leadership and expertise in navigating change and working cross sector with business leaders, elected officials and community and philanthropic partners, Tony has redefined Seattle Foundation’s role as a voice for community needs, developing effective philanthropic strategies to address inequities in the region.
In his role, Tony directs the strategic counsel and support provided to more than 1,200 individual, family and corporate philanthropists and oversees the investment of $100 million in charitable grants annually. With more than $800 million in assets, Seattle Foundation’s mission is to ignite powerful and rewarding philanthropy to make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all.
Tony joined the Foundation in 2014, following a 22-year career in the technology and communications industries. As general manager of marketing and vice president of sales at Microsoft, Tony was the business group leader responsible for worldwide sales and marketing execution of Microsoft’s Windows product line. Tony also served as a vice president of Microsoft’s Consumer Channels Group managing strategic alliances and execution of Microsoft’s PC, mobile and TV Entertainment strategy.
Tony’s philanthropic leadership includes more than 14 years as a partner and board member of Social Venture Partners, a 600-member organization that cultivates effective philanthropists. In addition, Tony was president and is director emeritus of the board of directors of Kindering, a nonprofit organization serving children with special needs and their families. He has worked on Kindering’s board for more than a dozen years. Tony also serves on the boards of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Seattle International Foundation, Social Venture Partners, City Year Seattle/King County and Council on Foundations. He is a graduate of Dickinson College.
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