How we identify

How we identify

Group Health Foundation staff pose for a group picture at our Seattle office.

At Group Health Foundation, we believe it is important to recruit, hire, and support staff and board members who are representative of the diverse communities we serve. Our multifaceted identities and experiences inform and strengthen our work as a foundation.

We also believe it is important to hold ourselves accountable by showing the identities represented within our organization and shedding light on opportunities to deepen our efforts. As a funder, we ask grant and sponsorship applicants to share demographic information about their board and staff, and endeavor to hold ourselves to the same expectations.

We asked our current staff (which included 28 people at the time) to complete an open-ended survey to share more about their identities and lived experiences. The survey results were collected (anonymously) and are compiled and presented here. We will keep updating the staff information as we continue to grow


Staff identify as the following races:

  • African American (one)
  • American Indian (one who identifies as multiracial)
  • Alaskan Native (one who identifies as multiracial)
  • Asian-American (one)
  • Black (three, including one who identifies as multi-racial)
  • Caucasian/White (eight, including three who identify as multi-racial)
  • East Asian (three, including one who identifies as multiracial)
  • Latina (one)
  • Latino (two)
  • Latinx (three)
  • Middle Eastern (one who identifies as multi-racial)
  • Native American (one)
  • Pacific Islander (two who identify as multi-racial)
  • South Asian (one)
  • Southeast Asian (two)

Twenty-two of our 28 current team members identify as people of color.


Staff identify as the following ethnicities:

  • Tlingit (one who identifies with multiple ethnicities)
  • Chinese (four, including one who identifies with multiple ethnicities)
  • Chinook (one)
  • Dravidian (one)
  • English (two who identify with multiple ethnicities)
  • Afro-Caribbean (one who identifies with multiple ethnicities)
  • African American (one)
  • Ghanaian (one who identifies with multiple ethnicities)
  • Irish (two who identify with multiple ethnicities)
  • Dutch (one who identifies with multiple ethnicities)
  • Alaskan Native (one who identifies with multiple ethnicities)
  • American (one)
  • Welsh (one who identifies with multiple ethnicities)
  • Korean (one who identifies with multiple ethnicities)
  • Portuguese (two who identify with multiple ethnicities)
  • Italian (one who identifies with multiple ethnicities)
  • Libyan (one)
  • Mexican (six)
  • South American/Bolivian (one)
  • German (two who identify with multiple ethnicities)
  • Scottish (one who identifies with multiple ethnicities)
  • Samoan (one who identifies with multiple ethnicities)
  • White (one who identifies with multiple ethnicities)
  • Taiwanese (one)
  • Vietnamese (two)
Immigrant Experience

Six staff identify as immigrants, from Taiwan, Portugal, India, México, Mozambique, and China.
Seventeen staff have immigrant family members or come from an immigrant family, from México, Ireland, Bolivia, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam, England, South Korea, China, Libya.

Refugee Experience

No staff identify as refugees themselves. Three staff have family members who identify as refugees, from Libya and Vietnam.

Public Assistance

Twelve staff have used public assistance before, including but not limited to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Seventeen staff were raised in families or households who used public assistance.


One staff considers themselves court-affected (formerly incarcerated, under parole, paying court debt, etc.). One staff is the child of an incarcerated person.


Five staff identify as being disabled or having a disability. One person has a disability but does not identify as a disabled person. Disabilities shared include hard of hearing, hard of hearing/Deaf, clinical depression, generalized anxiety disorder, and learning disability.

Sexual Orientation

Twenty-one staff identify as straight or heterosexual, one identifies as queer, and five identify as gay.

Gender Identity

Staff identify as female (one), non-binary (one), women (two), men (three), cisgender women (twelve), cisgender men (nine).


Six staff are younger than 30 years old, ten staff are in their 30s, nine staff are in their 40s, and three staff are in their 50s.


Staff describe their households as: single, two-person, two-person with dog, domestic partnership, multi-generational, non-married/partnered, same-sex married, sometimes with parents/sometimes with partner, and two-parent with children.
Ten staff are renters. Eighteen staff are homeowners.

Grew Up

Staff members grew up in the following places:

  • Papua New Guinea
  • Alaska
  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • Alger, WA
  • Bay Area
  • California
  • California
  • China
  • El Centro
  • Federal Way, Washington
  • India
  • Australia
  • Tampa, Florida
  • Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Pasco, Washington
  • Manica, Mozambique
  • Trafaria, Portugal
  • Manson, Washington
  • Southwest Washington
  • Wenatchee, Washington
  • Olympia, Washington
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Everett, Washington
  • Renton, Washington
  • Spokane, Washington
  • Tacoma, Washington
  • Ohio
  • Georgia
  • Portland, Oregon
  • San Jose, California
Currently Consider Home

Staff members currently consider the following places home:

  • Central Washington
  • Spokane, Washington
  • Kitsap County, Washington
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Georgia
  • Manson, Washington
  • United States
  • Willapa Bay, Washington
  • San Francisco, California
  • Shoreline, Washington
  • Pasco, Washington
  • Edgewood, Washington
  • Spanaway, Washington
Formal Education

One staff member completed some college. Fifteen staff members completed a bachelor’s degree and twelve completed a master’s degree.

First Generation College

Eight staff were the first ones in their family to go to college. Two staff members had siblings who went to college but whose parents did not. One staff member was the first female in their family to go to college.

Formal Education of Parents

The level of formal education our staff members’ parents received includes:

  • Elementary school (two)
  • Middle school (four)
  • High school (ten)
  • Some college (one)
  • Associate degree (two)
  • Technical degree (one)
  • Bachelor’s degree (eight)
  • Master’s degree (three) or other graduate degree (four)
  • MD (three) or PhD (one)
Religion and Spirituality
  • Atheist (one)
  • Agnostic (five)
  • Buddhist (one)
  • Buddhist-ish (one)
  • Christian (one)
  • Catholic, raised (two)
  • Catholic, practicing (one)
  • Catholic, non-practicing (three)
  • Christian (two)
  • Christian, non-denominational (one)
  • Muslim (one)
  • Native American Spirituality (one)
  • None (five)
  • Spiritual but not religious (one)
  • Tamanawas, the aboriginal religion of the Chinook/Coast Salish People (one)
  • Unitarian Universalist (one)