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Our Board

Dedicated to making an impact

The Sustainable Path Foundation Board is made up of dedicated professionals interested in contributing their time and expertise to making a powerful impact to our northwest region. They are a group of philanthropically inclined people who value and enjoy learning, working and making a difference together. They are involved in identifying and vetting opportunities, shaping programs, and advocating for sustainable solutions within the region.


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  • Peter Baum

    Peter Baum became active in Sustainable Path Foundation in 2009 so he could learn with the partners about opportunities for passing a healthy Puget Sound region on to future generations and to combine his financial and volunteer support with the partners to better help those in our region working towards this mission. He serves on seminar and grants committees and has been a member of the board since 2011. He has especially valued his time as liaison to one of SPF’s grantees, Climate Solutions. After pursuing bio-medical research for over 35 years, Peter now fulfills his passion for science by evaluating research that could help provide clues to or opportunities for systemic sustainability and enjoys biking, hiking and gardening for relaxation.

  • Nan McKay

    Nan McKay is a consultant to nonprofit organizations and foundations. She developed and led the Environmental Sustainability Program for The Russell Family Foundation.  During her six years with TRFF, Nan managed the award of 350 grants to 157 nonprofit organizations in Washington state. From 1985 to 2002 Nan served three Washington Governors in leading work to clean up and protect Puget Sound. She chaired the Puget Sound Action Team and was deputy director and executive director of the Puget Sound Water Quality Authority. She also worked on energy policy with local governments in the Northwest and spent seven years at the League of Oregon Cities working 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 has served on and chaired a variety of public and nonprofit boards, commissions and task forces working on issues including energy conservation, land use, mental health, international relations, libraries, jail standards, ethics, environmental education, sustainability, coastal indicators, and management of estuaries.

  • Jennifer Slack

    Jennifer Slack was born and educated in Northern California, earning a BSc in biology from California State University Chico. Having moved to the Puget Sound region over 35 years ago she considers herself a de facto Northwest native. In 1984, after 10 years of working in various labs at the Puget Sound Blood Center, she began working at Immunex where she did basic research in membrane biochemistry and protease inhibition. Always an avid world traveler she’s had more time to pursue this passion since retiring from Amgen in 2007. She has been a member of our Grants Committee for the last two years and helps in writing the monthly e-newsletter. She also serves on the boards of the Puget Sound Mycological Society and the Daniel E. Stuntz Memorial Foundation thus exploring another passion, wild mushrooming.