Etta Projects Names Kathryn Lewis as Executive Director

June 21, 2019

In July Kathryn Lewis will join the Tacoma office of Etta Projects. She will be responsible for the strategy, oversight and growth of Etta Projects’ portfolio of health care, clean water, sanitation, leadership and empowerment of women and children in Bolivia.

“I care very much about the mission of this small, mighty nonprofit,” Lewis says. “Women’s empowerment is one of the most significant actions that any person or organization can take to benefit humanity. Our daughters, sisters, mothers, grandmothers, and aunties give their lives to care for others. Helping them to value their own knowledge and roles within society and claim the importance of their gifts helps make communities stronger, and us all better people.”

Lewis joins Etta Projects with 30 years of experience in strengthening funding and administrative programs to increase service delivery and project-based improvement that address real-world need. She successfully led projects in rural areas, including community planning, development and construction.

In her most recent role, Lewis was the Budget and Development Coordinator for the Pierce Conservation District, where she was responsible for developing and shepherding a $4-$5 million annual budget. She recently assisted the District in the implementation of a 10-year, $26 million funding proposal that will enable programs, including local food justice, salmon recovery and agricultural improvement in Pierce County.

Lewis also held the prior role of Executive Director for the Pierce District where she was instrumental in their organization achieving its first $1 million annual budget. Her special expertise is in stewarding people and funds to ensure transparency and accountability to her stakeholders.

“I am excited to have someone with Kathryn’s skills, passion and compassion accompanied with her history of strong leadership and business acumen,” says Etta Projects Founder, Pennye Nixon. “Kathryn will be able to take all Etta Projects has accomplished over the past 16 years to the next level. Our small grassroots organization is in good hands for our future and those of all the communities in Bolivia where we work.”

“We’re thrilled to have Kathryn as Executive Director, as she will be instrumental to Etta Projects as we strengthen our project impact and financial stability,” said Joe Macias, Jr., Board President. “Kathryn’s experience in developing funding partnerships, growing programs, and strategically strengthening systems will be invaluable to Etta Projects as we work to address systemic health and social issues in rural Eastern Bolivia.”

Lewis holds a Master of Public Administration from The Evergreen State College and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Washington-Tacoma. To learn more about our staff, please visit our website.