Andrea Caupain Sanderson, Chief Executive Officer

For 19 years, Andrea Caupain Sanderson has worked passionately to make a positive impact on issues of racial equity and poverty. As Byrd Barr Place’s chief executive officer since 2008, she has built a strong foundation for future growth by effectively leading the organization through critical change and innovation. She is currently engaging in the complex work of building more equitable, vibrant local economies.  Through her work with Byrd Barr Place, she is supporting new approaches to services that benefit low-income people in our region.  She also advocates diligently to put disadvantaged people, equity, and communities of color at the center of a movement to advance intergenerational well-being in Washington state.  Andrea brings a strong sense of leadership and vision to Byrd Barr Place, an agency with a long legacy serving the community and providing lifeline services to the poor. Prior to Byrd Barr Place, she worked for four years for the Washington State Governor’s Commission on African-American Affairs, providing analysis and development on strategic legislative projects. Her work has also involved legislative casework for the Washington State House of Representatives. She has an MPA and a bachelor’s degree from Evergreen State College.


Leon Garnett, Chief Operations Officer

Leon is responsible for oversight of all agency programs and setting and evaluating company policy. Under his leadership, he has expanded Byrd Barr Place’s food and housing programs and managed the planning and pilot of the Financial Education Program. He joined Byrd Barr Place as a program manager in 2004. Originally from Georgia, Leon earned a bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College. He brings a team-oriented approach and develops data-driven strategies to ensure Byrd Barr Place’s programs fulfill the mission of the agency and address the needs of the community.


Duane Landon, Chief Financial Officer

Duane is responsible for both day-to-day accounting and high-level financial planning. He works closely with the COO and CEO to ensure the fiscal health of the organization and participates in long-term strategy planning. Duane holds an active CPA license and an MBA. Prior to Byrd Barr Place, he spent several years holding two concurrent positions as director of finance and financial services program manager. In his personal life, Duane enjoys bonding with his teenage daughter and son doing such things as hiking, motorcycle riding, and Nordic skiing

Board of Directors

  • Kevin Dawson Jr., President
  • Elizabeth Roy, Vice President
  • Terry Easter-Hairston, Treasurer
  • Rocale Timmons, Secretary
  • Susan Bloch
  • Colleen Fulp
  • Kat Plimpton
  • Dorian Waller
  • Heyward Watson