Executive Staff

Dawn Rains

Chief Executive Officer

Serving since 2009

Dawn (she/her) has more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit management, fundraising, program management and legislative advocacy. Prior to her current role as Chief Executive Officer, Dawn led Treehouse’s policy teams (2017 – 2022), programs teams (2012 – 2017) and fundraising and marketing teams (2009 – 2012). She co-leads Project Education Impact, a collective impact effort to achieve educational equity for children and youth experiencing foster care or homelessness in Washington State involving legislators, state agencies and statewide nonprofit organizations. Dawn is also a former foster parent.

Dawn holds an MPA in Nonprofit Management, a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the University of Washington and a BA from The Evergreen State College. She was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to serve on the inaugural Washington State Women’s Commission and has dedicated much of her volunteer services to advancing economic and leadership opportunities for women and girls. Dawn currently serves as Vice President of The IF Project Board of Directors.