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Posted April 21, 2006


Amanda Kay Erekson, MAVIN Foundation Operations Manager


(Seattle) MAVIN Foundation named Anne Katahira-Sims as the organization’s new Executive Director effective April 24, 2006. This concludes an exhaustive national search process led by the Executive Transition Committee comprised of MAVIN board and staff members.

“The Board of Directors is delighted with our decision to hire Anne,” said Mariya Rubbelke, MAVIN Foundation’s Board President. “We knew it would be challenging to find a successor to Matt Kelley; as MAVIN’s founder and president for eight years, his vision and drive were hard to match. This is why we are especially pleased to find someone with both the personal passion for and understanding of issues facing the mixed race and transracially adopted communities, as well as the organizational expertise needed to move the organization forward.”

“I am simply thrilled by the opportunity to join MAVIN Foundation at this exciting time,” Katahira-Sims said. “As the number of mixed heritage people and families expands exponentially, MAVIN’s health, education and public policy work is more vital than ever. I am honored to be part of MAVIN and look forward to working together to build a community that celebrates and supports all mixed heritage people and families.”

Katahira-Sims comes to MAVIN from The Seattle Foundation, where she served as Program and Donor Services Officer, evaluating nonprofit organizations for effectiveness through competitive funding processes and helping donors meet their philanthropic goals. She has an extensive background in philanthropy, fundraising and the local nonprofit sector. Katahira-Sims has served on numerous boards and committees, and as a volunteer for organizations including: The Service Board; Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy; City of Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs; Washington State Scholarship Coalition; and Richard Hugo House. She received Philanthropy Northwest’s Mary Helen Moore Volunteer of the Year Award (2004), and was a founding member of the Grantmakers of Color Affinity Group.

Katahira-Sims has also worked for Seattle Works, Mount Holyoke College Career Development Center, University of Washington Business and Economic Development Program and Asian Counseling & Referral Service. She attended Oberlin College.

Sashya Clark, MAVIN’s Interim Director said, “Anne is the perfect candidate for this position. As a mother of a mixed heritage child, she has a deep personal connection to the unique issues facing mixed heritage people and families. Under her leadership, we see an exciting time of growth and increased stability for MAVIN.”

MAVIN Foundation builds healthy communities that celebrate and empower mixed heritage people and families. Since 1998, MAVIN has invested millions of dollars into innovative and award-winning projects focused on mixed heritage people, transracial adoptees and multiracial families. For more information, visit


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Looking back at eight remarkable years!

Matt Kelley founded MAVIN magazine as a 19-year-old freshman at Wesleyan Univ.

MAVIN's premier issue hit newsstands on Jan. 29, 1999.

In 2000, MAVIN magazine became the nonprofit MAVIN Foundation.

Recently, Kelley focused his efforts on advocating on behalf of policy issues.

In 2005, MAVIN sent five 20-somethings on a 10,000-mile trek to raise awareness of multiracial issues.