Tony Mestres is the president and CEO of Seattle Foundation, one of the largest community foundations in the country. Recognized for his leadership and expertise in navigating change and working cross sector with business leaders, elected officials and community and philanthropic partners, Tony has redefined Seattle Foundation’s role as a voice for community needs, developing effective philanthropic strategies to address inequities in the region.
In his role, Tony directs the strategic counsel and support provided to more than 1,200 individual, family and corporate philanthropists and oversees the investment of $100 million in charitable grants annually. With more than $1 billion in assets and bequest commitments, Seattle Foundation’s mission is to ignite powerful and rewarding philanthropy to make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all.
Tony joined the Foundation in 2014, following a 22-year career in the technology and communications industries. As a vice president of sales and marketing at Microsoft, Tony was the business group leader responsible for worldwide sales and marketing execution of Microsoft’s Windows product line. Tony also served as a vice president of Microsoft’s Consumer Channels Group, managing strategic alliances and execution of Microsoft’s PC, Mobile and TV Entertainment strategy. He was recognized as one of Global Telecom’s Business Forty under Forty Most Promising Executives.
Tony’s philanthropic leadership includes more than 16 years as a partner and, since 2013, board member of Social Venture Partners, a 600-member organization that cultivates effective philanthropists. In addition, Tony was president and is director emeritus of the board of directors of Kindering Center, a nonprofit organization serving children with special needs and their families. Tony also serves on the boards of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Seattle International Foundation, Social Venture Partners, City Year Seattle/King County, Washington Roundtable and the national Council on Foundations. He is a graduate of Dickinson College.