"Nevertheless, live. Conduct your blooming in the noise and whip of the whirlwind.” ― Gwendolyn Brooks
Leonetta Elaiho, Program Officer, thrives at the intersection of culture, justice and belonging. The arc of her career has consistently bent toward forging the Beloved Community—a reality where all the members of society can thrive, experience dignity, mutuality, and exercise their agency fully. She is drawn to her work at the Foundation to support the radical reimagination of support to leaders on the front lines of social change.
Prior to joining the Foundation in 2021, Leonetta worked in community and youth development, program management, and philanthropy for nearly 20 years and has contributed to the field locally, nationally and internationally. Most recently, Leonetta was responsible for program leadership and operating strategy of Students Rebuild; a global program of the Bezos Family Foundation. Prior to that, she was the National Director of Youth and Community Engagement at World Vision. Leonetta is also engaged in many community service roles and serves as a spiritual companion for BIPOC leaders. She is a graduate of Seattle University and also a third-generation Seattleite, mother, and lover of spicy food.