About the Northwest Area Foundation

We fund champions of change who reflect the distinct cultural strengths of the eight states and 75 Native nations of our region. They work in diverse communities across Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota and Washington to help people build assets through good jobs and financial capability—so that they can establish good credit, launch small businesses and save for their futures. Together, these skills equip families to overcome crises today and begin to feel secure and hopeful about tomorrow.

Our Mission

The mission of the Northwest Area Foundation is to support efforts by the people, organizations and communities of our eight-state region to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable prosperity.

Our Vision

Motivating us in our endeavors is the vision of a future in which the well-being of the people living in our eight states is as well-known and admired as the inspiring landscapes of the region.

We see a region:

Where diversity is valued and nurtured in rural, urban and American Indian reservation communities.

Known for its highly skilled, well-educated population, its living-wage jobs, its innovative public policies and its healthy, vibrant communities.

Characterized by thriving local economies within thriving natural ecosystems.

Where creative entrepreneurship is valued in both for-profit and nonprofit enterprises, and where both investment capital and social capital are steadily expanding.

Whose strong public institutions, business community and nonprofit sector collaborate to address pressing needs and help build pathways to prosperity for all residents.

Whose people are organized and empowered to lift their voices and actively shape the civic, social, political and economic life of their communities.

We see a region whose rich culture of engagement and opportunity makes its eight states prized places to visit, to invest and to live and where all residents have a fair chance to live free of poverty.

Our Values

Making a Positive Difference:

We are focused on one thing – supporting workable, effective and long-term solutions to reduce poverty in a sustainable way in our region.  

Engagement:

We are committed to mutual engagement and embrace the full participation and diverse perspectives of others to create stronger, more adaptable and more resilient communities and partners.  

Accountability:

We establish clear long-term goals, regularly measure our performance, and openly report, discuss and learn from our results.  

Learning:

We are passionate learners, actively sharing and incorporating the knowledge we have gained, and constantly working to improve on our ability to achieve our mission.  

Integrity:

We are steadfast stewards of the Foundation’s many assets and we demonstrate our high level of integrity in both our words and our actions, among ourselves and with others.  

Respect:

We honor the dignity and worth of all people, striving for humility and acting with thoughtfulness.  
OUR REGION| Idaho | Iowa | Minnesota | Montana | North Dakota | Oregon |South Dakota | Washington | 75 Native Nations

Our Staff

Strategic partners who share your vision Our network of staff and partners draw on decades of experience building assets in the eight states and 75 Native nations of our region to support your work.  

Amy L. Jensen

Amy L. Jensen

Investment Director

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Christianne Lind

Christianne Lind

Program Officer

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Cody Stalker

Cody Stalker

Program Assistant

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David Hoffman

David Hoffman

Network Admistrator

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Deanna Arce

Deanna Arce

Program Operations Manager

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Deborah Peterson

Deborah Peterson

Grants and Contracts Manager

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Gay Ann Louiselle

Gay Ann Louiselle

Controller

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Gretchen Dykstra

Gretchen Dykstra

Human Resources Director

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Jennifer Witt

Jennifer Witt

Librarian/Information Governance

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Jessica Bower

Jessica Bower

Administrative Specialist

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Karen Appelbaum

Karen Appelbaum

Operations Director

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Karla Miller

Karla Miller

Program Director

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Kevin Walker

Kevin Walker

President and CEO

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Margie Andreason

Margie Andreason

Assistant to the President and Project Coordinator

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Martin Jennings

Martin Jennings

Program Officer

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Mary Strube

Mary Strube

Accountant

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Millie Acamovic

Millie Acamovic

Vice President of Finance & Admin/CFO

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Nikki Foster

Nikki Foster

Program Officer

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Patrick Ciernia

Patrick Ciernia

Program Assistant

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Paul Bachleitner

Paul Bachleitner

Communications Director

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Shana Kyler

Shana Kyler

Receptionist/Administrative Support

John Fetzer

John Fetzer

Program Officer

 
Sherry Fisher

Sherry Fisher

Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Project Coordinator

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Todd Holter

Todd Holter

IT Technician

     
Jennifer Racho

Jennifer Racho

Program Officer