Leadership and Staff

Andrea Caupain Sanderson, Chief Executive Officer

For more than two decades, Andrea has worked to promote economic mobility and racial equity for people across Washington state. As Byrd Barr Place’s CEO since 2008, Andrea leads the organization in its efforts to build an equitable Washington through innovative programs and services that nurture people’s health and well-being. She’s also instrumental in designing initiatives that focus attention on the adverse impacts of racism and advocating for policy and systemic change.

Inspired by the uprising for racial justice in 2020, Andrea, together with three other Black women leaders, launched the Black Future Co-op Fund, Washington’s first all Black-led philanthropy to ignite Black generational prosperity, health, and well-being throughout the state. Near the same time, she also joined with three other women of color to create the BIPOC Executive Directors Coalition of Washington State, bringing together nonprofit leaders of color to promote unity, reparation, and restoration for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities. Andrea serves as a commissioner of the Washington State Commission on African American Affairs; on the boards of Craft3, Crescent Collaborative, and Africatown Community Land Trust; and as a steering committee member of the Washington Black Lives Matter Alliance. She earned an MPA and a BA from Evergreen State College.

Duane Landon, Chief Financial Officer

Duane Landon is responsible for both day-to-day accounting and high-level financial planning at Byrd Barr Place. He participates in long-term strategy planning and works closely with the CEO and program managers to ensure the fiscal health of the organization. Duane holds an active CPA license and has an MBA. Prior to joining Byrd Barr Place, he spent several years as a director of finance and a financial services program manager.

Meredith Sibley, Development Manager

Development Manager Meredith Sibley started at Byrd Barr Place in 2016, working with clients receiving services through the Energy Assistance program. Today she employs her excellent interpersonal communication skills to coordinate all aspects of fundraising and community engagement for the organization. A native of Seattle, Meredith earned a BA in environmental studies from the University of Washington, with a focus on society and sustainability. She works to promote a healthy working environment at Byrd Barr Place through mindful awareness.

Board of Directors

President: Kevin Dawson Jr., Concur

Vice President: Heyward Watson, Creative Minds Consulting, LLC

Treasurer: Terry Easter-Hairston, Skyline Properties

Secretary: Kat Plimpton, NW Energy Coalition

Rocale Timmons, Amazon

Christian Bell, Momentum Professional Strategic Partners

Tamara Howie, Dept. of Social & Health Services

Nicole Fancher, University of Washington

Nain Vaswani, University of Washington

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