Chief Executive Officer

Seattle, Washington

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Website: Treehouse


Treehouse gives children and youth in foster care a childhood and a future. They envision–and strive to create–a world where every child that has experienced foster care has the opportunities and support they need to pursue their dreams and launch successfully into adulthood. Powered by generous donors, talented staff, engaged Board members, and many caring, committed partners, Treehouse has set an ambitious goal that by 2022 youth in care statewide will graduate from high school at the same rate as their peers, with support and a plan to launch successfully into adulthood.

The journey toward setting this ambitious goal has been years in the making and fueled by a commitment to equity, achieving intended impact, and building long lasting solutions for deeply embedded challenges. In the past ten years Treehouse has:

·       Tripled in size, from 50 staff to 150 and a budget of $6M to $17M

·       Improved staff turnover from 40 percent to consistently under 17 percent

with longer tenures on average

·       Become a more racially diverse staff, currently 40 percent of staff are people of color

·       Achieved 77 percent extended graduation rate for youth in its program

·       Engaged Board, staff, volunteers, and community in action toward equity,

focused through the lens of race

These outcomes are the result of an organizational awakening. In 2011, a Washington report identified Treehouse’s primary service area as having the lowest graduation rates for youth in care across Washington state, less than 40 percent. After the initial shock, the team got to work in order to learn why their education focused programs were not having their intended impact. After six months of investigation and seeking advice, three things were clear. First, Treehouse needed to find and work with many more youth and also partner with them much more closely. Second, this new strategy was going to cost a lot more, so a new fundraising strategy was built from the ground up, developing a relationship-based model capable of funding growth. Third, equity, and in particular racial equity, had to be at the core of all work moving forward and success would depend on Board, staff, and volunteers engaging a racial equity lens. Their goal: youth in foster care in King County would graduate from high school at the same rate as their peers with a plan for the future. They met their first ambitious goal, but that was not enough and now Treehouse has set their sights on statewide graduation equity by 2022.

Treehouse’s next CEO will build upon a strong foundation, created in partnership with the community by its long-standing CEO, following her intentional transition. This moment calls for an inspirational leader with a passion for making a difference in the lives of children and youth, a commitment to equity and social justice, aptitude for fundraising, and experience leading organizational growth and sustainability. The Board of Directors is fully committed to the pursuit of racial equity and intends to model that throughout this search process. This is an exciting opportunity to join this team of innovators, partnering to build a stronger community.


This search is being conducted by Carolyn Ho, Allison Kupfer Poteet and Hallie Dietsch of the national search firm NPAG. Nominations and applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, and your resume (in Word or PDF format) should be submitted to: More information about Treehouse can be found at


Cultivating a diverse and inclusive team is an essential component of Treehouse’s commitment to advance equity. Candidates of all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Our Lead


Carolyn Ho

Carolyn’s search portfolio has spanned the philanthropic, direct service, policy/advocacy, health, and education sectors, and she brings specific expertise in the unique challenges of leadership in internationally focused nonprofits.

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