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This high-powered, low-profile Seattle gang fighting global poverty means business | 

I’m not easily surprised, but I have to admit to being surprised at how few folks in Seattle appear know about the Initiative for Global Development.

You’d think an anti-poverty organization started by leading Seattle philanthropist Bill Clapp, founding EPA head Bill Ruckelshaus, Bill Gates Sr. (yes there are lots of jokes about the predominance of Bills), former US Senator Dan Evans and late former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. John Shalikashvili would get a lot of public attention. Nope.

“We’re more well known in Washington, D.C., than we are in Seattle,” chuckled Jennifer Potter, who is stepping down as president and CEO of this powerful but locally off-the-radar organization launched here in 2003. Former Wisconsin Congressman Mark Green, who just started this week, is taking the helm.

Jennifer Potter and Bill Clapp celebrate a decade of the Initiative for Global Development, a uniquely Northwest contributor to the fight against global poverty
Jennifer Potter and Bill Clapp celebrate a decade of the Initiative for Global Development, a uniquely Northwest contributor to the fight against global poverty

The project, IGD, was first conceived by Potter and Clapp largely in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept, 11, 2001. Continue reading