Alice Ito is Director, Community Programs at The Seattle Foundation. She previously served as a Distinguished Fellow at the Center for Community Change, a national nonprofit that works to build the capacity of low-income people to improve their communities and public policies that affect them. Prior to that, she was a program officer at the Marguerite Casey Foundation, and has worked on staff or consulted with community based nonprofits and philanthropic organizations for more than 20 years. Her work included strategy development, research, education, and training on practices and policies to support democracy and equity. She conducted oral history interviewing and research at Densho, a nonprofit that documents and educates about principles of democracy and the experiences of Japanese Americans incarcerated by the U.S. government, on the basis of their ancestry without due process of law.
Alice is a founder of API Chaya and the Nonprofit Assistance Center in Seattle, and the Asian Women’s Shelter in San Francisco. She has served as a board member for numerous organizations, currently including Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants & Refugees, and Social Justice Fund Northwest. Born and raised in Washington State, Alice is a grandchild of immigrants. She is a graduate of Stanford University and attended the program in Public Policy at Claremont Graduate University in California.