For the first Pass-it-Forward Award, Sustainable Path Foundation’s board has selected Nan McKay, a long time supporter of Sustainable Path Foundation and a generous community volunteer. Nan is being recognized for her outstanding contributions in advocating the clean-up and protection of Puget Sound, environmental sustainability and philanthropy. Nan McKay is currently the Service Corps Director for 501 Commons–recruiting, orienting and supporting volunteers who help build the capacity of nonprofits throughout Washington State. Nan also has her own consulting practice working to strengthen nonprofits, foundations and local governments.
During her six years with The Russell Family Foundation (TRFF), Nan managed the award of 350 grants to 157 nonprofit organizations. She also developed and led the Environmental Sustainability Program for the Foundation. Prior to Nan’s work at TRFF, Nan served three Washington Governors to lead clean-up efforts to protect Puget Sound. She chaired the Puget Sound Action Team and was deputy director and executive director of the Puget Sound Water Quality Authority.
Nan worked as a consultant from 1980 to 1985, providing training on energy conservation to local governments in the Northwest and developing energy policy and codes under contracts with the Oregon and Washington Departments of Energy, the Washington associations of cities and counties, and the Northwest Power Planning Council. Nan also worked for the League of Oregon Cities on land use and growth management, community and economic development, election laws, juvenile justice, jail standards, municipal courts, emergency medical services, and energy policy. She also developed and conducted training programs for city councils, mayors and city staff and planned and coordinated conventions and meetings, publications and media for the association. Nan has also worked in the fields of mental health and international relations and as a teacher and a journalist.
Nan’s volunteering has benefited a variety of public and nonprofit boards, commissions and task forces. She was a founding member of the Washington Governor’s Council on Environmental Education and of the Association of National Estuary Programs. She is immediate past president of the Environmental Education Association of Washington. She currently serves on the boards of several organizations working on river protection, environmental education and the health of Puget Sound. She is a co-chair of the Sustainable Path Foundation and a member of the environmental/sustainability grants committee of The Seattle Foundation.