Uma Rao is a 2nd generation South Asian American who grew up on the east coast and has made Seattle her home since 2004. She has spent over 18 years in the nonprofit sector; her roles have been to organize communities, serve on boards, train, and to raise funds, mostly within and for communities of color. Uma is currently the Capacity Building Coach at Rainier Valley Corps, supporting organizational partners in their growth and leadership. She has been a member of Social Justice Fund NW since 2005, it is her political home. Uma believes that strong movements include grassroots philanthropy, community based strategies and leadership development, and is absolutely thrilled to join the board of SJF in exact alignment with her vision! She’s a lifelong learner and some of her most favorite things to do include obsessing over her dog, finding the best french fries, and dancing to loud music in the mornings. She loves to do karaoke to Bruno Mars, Pat Benatar, and Prince.