Our Team

Anne Katahira

Advisor, Power in Practice

Anne Katahira (she/her) is a trusted thought partner and coach to boards, CEOs and executive teams, staff, members, volunteers, community partners and philanthropists. She brings over 25 years of experience designing, organizing and leading strategic partnerships and programs in community, nonprofit, philanthropic and corporate environments. Anne partners with social sector clients offering a highly customized approach and intersectional racial equity and justice lens on a range of strategic advisory work, including organizational assessments and strategy development, rebuilding internal systems, structures and human resources to align with core values, co-creating learning agendas, leading comprehensive executive searches, developing participatory and trust-based programs and systems, convening stakeholders, and facilitating staff and board retreats and other collaborative events, in service of imaging new worlds into existence. Since 2017, she has researched participatory grantmaking practices and authored a chapter on participatory grantmaking as a tool to advance racial equity funded by the Ford Foundation, for a forthcoming publication from Georgetown University Press. 

Anne has been consulting independently since 2016, including supporting AAPIP’s CEO and trustee engagement in 2020 and development of Power in Practice from 2022 to the present. She has also recently partnered with The Giving Practice at Philanthropy Northwest and Thomas Goldstein Associates LLC. Prior, Anne led multi-generational family foundations in mission, vision, values and strategy development at Arabella Advisors, managed a multimillion-dollar charitable giving budget and provided grantmaking consultation and board training to executives in the finance sector, and worked to direct resources to communities of color, immigrants, refugees, low-income families, women and children as a program officer at Seattle Foundation. She served as Executive Director of MAVIN, a national leader in building equity for mixed heritage people, transracial adoptees and multiracial families. Anne began her career immersed in organizing, resource development, program design and implementation, and event planning and management at several nonprofit organizations. 

Anne holds a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College. She spends her time as a constant learner navigating the daily adventures of parenting two young people and noticing patterns in the natural world, and the people and systems around her. A constant learner and “unlearner,” she recently joined an Asian American learning community focused on uprooting anti-Blackness, adrienne marie brown and Sonya Renee Taylor’s inaugural Institute for Radical Permission, and AORTA Cooperative’s “Uprooting White Supremacy in our Organizations” and “Facilitating for Freedom” trainings.