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David Wertheimer

Deputy Director, Pacific Northwest Initiative, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

david_wertheimer_sized.jpgDavid M. Wertheimer has worked in a variety of capacities in the non-profit, government, educational and philanthropic sectors for three decades.  He has been employed at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle since 2006, and currently serves as the Deputy Director for the Pacific Northwest initiative.  He carries lead responsibilities for oversight of the Foundation’s programs addressing housing and family homelessness.

Prior to assuming these responsibilities, David was principal at Kelly Point Partners (KP2), an independent consulting firm he established in 2000 to promote integration of human service systems targeting persons struggling with homelessness, mental illness, addictions, criminal justice system involvement, and HIV/AIDS.  Between 1990 and 2000, David served in King County (Washington) government developing, mobilizing, and managing programs and services for persons with chronic and severe mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders.

A native of New York City, David worked in the non-profit sector as executive director of the NYC Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project and served as a New York City Human Rights Commissioner.

He is a graduate of Haverford College, Yale University Divinity School, and the University of Connecticut School of Social Work.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of Partners for Our Children, which seeks significant reforms to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the child welfare system in Washington state.

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We joined Funders Together because we believe in the power of philanthropy to play a major role in ending homelessness, and we know we have much to learn from funders across the country.

-Christine Marge, Director of Housing and Financial Stability at United Way of Greater Los Angeles

I am thankful for the local partnerships here in the Pacific Northwest that we’ve been able to create and nurture thanks to the work of Funders Together. Having so many of the right players at the table makes our conversations – and all of our efforts – all the richer and more effective.

-David Wertheimer, Deputy Director at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Very often a lack of jobs and money is not the cause of poverty, but the symptom. The cause may lie deeper in our failure to give our fellow citizens a fair chance to develop their own capacities, in a lack of education and training, in a lack of medical care and housing, in a lack of decent communities in which to live and bring up their children.

-President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964 State of the Union Address

Funders Together has given me a platform to engage the other funders in my community. Our local funding community has improved greatly to support housing first models and align of resources towards ending homelessness.

-Leslie Strnisha, Vice President at Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

Our family foundation convenes local funders and key community stakeholders around strategies to end homelessness in Houston. Funders Together members have been invaluable mentors to us in this effort, traveling to our community to share their expertise and examples of best practices from around the nation.

-Nancy Frees Fountain, Managing Director at The Frees Foundation

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