Passionate about working with underserved communities, Denise is an advocate at heart.
Before joining Meyer Memorial Trust’s Healthy Environment portfolio as a Philanthropy Northwest Momentum Fellow, she applied her research and writing skills to fundraising and development for nonprofits.
“I give voice to the voiceless. If you listen, every creature has something to say.”
Denise spent about a decade working in the areas of animal welfare, grassroots community advocacy, and environmental and administrative law. She partnered with nonprofits in the Pacific Northwest and nationwide, such as Friends of Family Farmers, the Animal Law Clinic at Lewis and Clark Law School and Socially Responsible Agricultural Project, on sustainable farming issues and fighting the abusive practices of large-scale industrial agriculture. She graduated with a J.D. from University of San Francisco School of Law and a B.A. in English from University of California, Berkeley. Denise is also a Board Member of PlayWrite, Inc., a nonprofit that empowers youth through coaching, mentoring and performance art.
In her spare time, Denise sings, creates art, and explores the world with her human and canine family.
Denise began her two-year fellowship at Meyer in September, 2017.