Martha Kongsgaard

Martha Kongsgaard was born and raised in Napa, California, to a family of jurists, grape growers, and cattle ranchers. Kongsgaard, a lawyer, married Peter Goldman in 1988 and collaborated with him to found the Kongsgaard-Goldman Foundation, which has invested in nonprofit environmental, social justice, and arts organizations in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Her community activities include participation on the boards of Earthjustice, the Bullitt Foundation, islandWood, The Ruckelshaus Center, Friends of the Waterfront, The Washington Environmental Council, The Future of the Law Institute, Friends of the Methow, University of Washington’s College of the Environment and the UW Center for Human Rights, as well as The Puget Sound Institute. Kongsgaard has served as the president of Philanthropy Northwest and is the immediate past chair of the Washington Women’s Foundation. She is the immediate past chair and founding member of the Leadership Council of the Puget Sound Partnership, and serves as chair of the Marine Resource Advisory Council for Governor Inslee. Martha has been honored with the Nancy Nordhoff Civic Leadership Award by City Club, Woman of the Year Award by Seattle University School of Law, the Environmental Hero Award by the Washington Environmental Council, the Seattle Aquarium Medal for leadership and lifetime achievement, and in 2015, was the inaugural recipient of the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance Inspiration Award.

Martha Kongsgaard
Photography:
  • Tupper Ansel Blake