Cory has been with the Foundation since its inception, serving as the acting president and CEO during the Foundation’s inaugural two years. In that capacity, he led the establishment of the Foundation’s core operations and infrastructure, and managed the formation and development of the board. Cory now serves as our executive vice president—overseeing operations, finance, human resources, and communications, and providing counsel and support on strategy, organizational development, and governance. Prior to his current role, Cory spent 16 years as a consultant focused on helping progressive nonprofit organizations and coalitions advance their missions. In that capacity, he served as an interim executive for nine organizations, provided guidance to more than 100 boards of directors, and led dozens of organizations through complex organizational transitions.
Cory is also passionate about cultivating and supporting nonprofit leaders. Through a partnership of the Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits & Philanthropy and Cascade Executive Programs at the University of Washington (UW), Cory co-created the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute—an intensive, six-day learning experience for senior-level nonprofit professionals in the Pacific Northwest. He served as the faculty lead for the program from its inception in 2007 through 2019. Cory also served for 12 years as the lead instructor for the Nonprofit Management Certificate Program offered through UW Professional & Continuing Education. In 2009, he was the recipient of a UW Teaching Excellence Award. Cory earned his MPA from the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington.