BIO: Ingrid Dankmeyer is responsible for grant development, writing, research, and reporting at Westby Associates and has written over $3 million in grants during her five years here. Before arriving at Westby, Ingrid had two decades of nonprofit fundraising and management experience in the Northwest. She’s also a professional writer and published author of the book Renewing the Countryside: Washington, featuring profiles of sustainable farming and salmon restoration efforts in Washington State.
Ingrid brings a passion for philanthropy and storytelling to her work and is especially skilled at extracting and communicating the essence of complex concepts to a wide audience. She also has extensive experience working on campaigns in rural Oregon.
Ingrid has worked with nonprofits at all stages of development. She was instrumental in launching and managing Portland-based Sustainable Northwest, a regional leader in helping rural communities create living wage jobs and restore ecosystems. She guided the launch of Sprouting Seeds, a cooperative school in Battle Ground, Washington and has served on the board. She’s also served as Assistant Director of the national sustainable agriculture certifier, Food Alliance.
Ingrid’s professional nonprofit experience is supplemented by a diverse array of other interests that have led her to work with: a food bank, a women’s crisis line, local land use advisory boards, the Northwest Earth Institute, Powell’s Books School and Library Services, and the United Nations Development Program in Thailand. She’s a founding member of Showing Up for Racial Justice, Clark County.
Ingrid holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington and earned her bachelor’s degree at Williams College.