Carolyn Wall Sakata

Senior Program Staff

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Carolyn’s specialty is seeing potential and harnessing talent. She works with board members to build new foundation frameworks, hone strategy, and establish grantmaking programs and processes. She especially loves helping people at the start of their philanthropic journey, representing nonprofits to donors, and helping established foundations find new avenues for meaningful giving.

Before joining PFS in 2014, Carolyn served as program officer at the Seattle-based Medina Foundation, where she led rural grantmaking and capacity-building efforts and was involved in the launch of Seattle’s first low-income credit union. She also guided grantmaking in the public sector at San Francisco’s Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families. She previously practiced as a clinical social worker.

She holds an MSW from Smith College and a BA in history and Hispanic Studies from Vassar College.

Carolyn enjoys cheering on local sports teams, training dogs, and cooking for friends and family.

Carolyn works for the following foundation: