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Our Staff

Executive Director

Emerson Sekins joined the staff in 2013 after graduating with a MPA from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. Emerson brings to the Access Fund a strong background in cross-disability organizing and policy analysis, including serving as a co-chair for the Seattle Commission for People with disAbilities from 2010-2012. Emerson studied and worked at the University of Washington from 2004 to 2013, graduating with his BA in Disability Studies in 2008, and returning for graduate school in 2010. While at the UW, he worked as the Assistant Coordinator at the Q Center, UW’s LGBT resource center, from 2010-2013. Emerson also served as the co-chair for UW’s Committee on Disability Issues, and as a graduate student assistant within the Disability Resources for Students office.


Program Director

Kathy Gilman joined Northwest Access Fund in 2008 after serving on the Board and Loan Review Committee for almost three years. Kathy previously worked as a Business Development Specialist with Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) working on bringing microenterprise development programs to both urban and rural areas. Prior to joining MEDA she worked for more than seven years for the Washington Community Alliance for Self-Help (Washington CASH), a community based microenterprise development and peer lending organization in Western Washington. She was also a Peace Corps volunteer, teaching business in the Russian Far East. Kathy’s educational background includes an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago.


IDA Program Manager

Amy Anscher has been with Northwest Access Fund since late 2015. She is a member of the asset-building team and administers the Individual Development Account program. Amy has a BA in Psychology from Western Washington University and an MPA from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance where her course work emphasized social policy and nonprofit management. Amy loves working among like-minded, passionate people.


Finance Manager

Pam MacRae, Northwest Access Fund’s Bookkeeper, has worked as a nonprofit bookkeeper since 1997. She spent 10 of those years as the bookkeeper for Cascadia Revolving Fund, a community development financial institution that provided small business loans. Pam has spent the last five winters volunteering with Outdoors for All, skiing and snowshoeing with people with disabilities. She spends the other part of her work week as the finance manager for Sightline Institute.


Office Associate

Tim Vanden Bos spent 25 years doing research in the biology field, both at private biotechnology firms and public research institutions. In 2014 he started taking some classes to learn bookkeeping skills. This eventually led him to an internship at Northwest Access Fund, which has turned into continued work in bookkeeping and general office work. Tim has a BS in Biology from the University of Washington and a Bookkeeping Certificate from North Seattle College.


Financial Stability Coordinator

Hannah Langlie is an AmeriCorps National Service member for the 2016-17 service year. She helps administer the Financial Capability program and facilitate client services. Hannah comes to Northwest Access Fund with a background in journalism as a freelance journalist and blogger. Most recently, she worked as a contract web evaluator for some of the world’s major search engines. Hannah holds a B.A. in Communication- Journalism from the University of Washington, where she graduated in 2015. She hopes to pursue a master’s in education after another year of AmeriCorps Service.


Senior Advisor

Former Executive Director of Northwest Access Fund, Jack Brummel spent 26 years with the Washington State Senate, primarily as lead staff for committees addressing economic development, financial institutions, commerce, labor, and workforce development issues. While with the Senate Jack developed legislation relating to employment of people with disabilities, creating individual development accounts, and supporting micro-enterprise development. Prior to work with the Senate, Jack was the Administrator for the Northwest Intertribal Court System and the National Director of the Law Students Civil Rights Research Council. Jack serves as the Chair of the Board for Evergreen Business Capital, a non-profit development company certified by the US Small Business Administration. Jack’s education includes a BA in Political Science from Washington State University, a JD from the University of Washington, and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.