Erin Kahn

Director of Strategy and Programs, The Russell Family Foundation; Principal, Erin Kahn Consulting

Erin Kahn is the Director of Strategy and Programs for The Russell Family Foundation (TRFF).  In this role, she helps to ensure the effectiveness of the Foundation’s strategies, grantmaking practices and supports to grantees.  Earlier in her career, Erin was the executive director of the Raikes Foundation and also served as Associate Director at Social Venture Partners Seattle.  In addition to her part-time role at TRFF, Erin also owns her own philanthropy consulting practice. She holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington. She resides in Seattle with her husband, two sons and a dog.


Adopting Equity Practices

Posted on December 8, 2020 by Erin Kahn, Sindhu Knotz, June L. Wilson

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There is an increasing recognition and understanding of the deep-seated structural inequities upon which the philanthropic sector and many other systems were built. Donors are moving away from the idea of racial equity and social justice as funding areas, and instead conceptualizing equity as a lens that spans grantmaking, governance, and management and operations. In this webinar, learn how to… Read More

Non-family Staff Peer Network: Wearing Many Hats with One Head – Difficult Choices as a Staff Member

Posted on February 17, 2019 by Christy Uchida, Erin Kahn, Steve Toben

Non-family staff members tend to wear many hats—they are responsible for balancing multiple aspects of their foundation’s growth, sustainability, goals, and overall culture. For a small foundation staff and particularly for a sole foundation staff member, prioritizing and making difficult decisions are necessary to be sure all work gets accomplished. Join NCFP’s Non-family Staff Peer Network to consider the many… Read More