Treehouse Appoints Maya Hemachandra as Chief Development Officer

Development and fundraising executive brings more than 20 years of experience to foster care nonprofit to lead statewide expansion

SEATTLE, Wednesday, May 12 – Maya Hemachandra, who has held a variety of positions strengthening nonprofits and public agencies throughout the greater Puget Sound region, has been appointed the Chief Development Officer at Treehouse. The nonprofit partners with youth in foster care so they have a childhood and a future.

In her most recent position with Solid Ground, Hemachandra lead a team that significantly increased public and private revenue over four years, positioning the agency to better respond to needs expressed by people living in poverty. Prior to that, she was with the United Way of Snohomish County for nearly a decade, rising within the organization from Campaign Executive to Vice President of Engagement. She’s also raised funds professionally in support of Women’s Funding Alliance and Seattle Goodwill Industries.

Hemachandra enters her position as Treehouse prepares to expand their services statewide, ensuring that every student experiencing foster care has access to their ground-breaking program, Graduation Success. Her expertise in Community-Centric Fundraising practices and equitable storytelling will ensure that Treehouse’s expansion reflects the values that are foundational to the nonprofit.

“Maya has a proven track record of leading excellent teams and building development programs that reflect the anti-racist and diversity, equity, inclusion values of the organizations she serves,” said Lisa Chin, Treehouse CEO. “I have been consistently impressed with her commitment to both education and equity, and I believe she will be a tremendous asset as we expand statewide.”

In addition to her role at Treehouse, Hemachandra is an instructor for the University of Washington’s Certificate in Fundraising Management program. She is the President-elect of Advancement Northwest, the local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and has earned both an MPA from the Daniel J Evans School of Public Policy and Governance and the Certified Fund-Raising Executive designation from CFRE International.

About Treehouse

Founded in 1988 by social workers, Treehouse is Washington’s leading nonprofit organization addressing the academic and other essential support needs of more than 8,000 youth in foster care. We’re committed to youth in care statewide achieving a degree or other career credential, living wage job and stable housing at the same rate as their peers. With fierce optimism, we fight the structural inequities that impact all of us. Learn more at http://www.treehouseforkids.org.

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