Michael Wilson
In Memoriam 1955 – 2021
Senior Associate

20 Questions with Mike Wilson
In Memorium of Mike Wilson

Mike Wilson is our senior associate and resident political expert with over 15 years of capital campaign and fundraising experience. A Vancouver native, Mike’s political aspirations took root locally when he managed a Washington State congressional race. This led to his appointment to the Vancouver City Council, and after two subsequent elections, Mike served for a total of seven years.

At the same time, he was executive director of the largest residential non-profit program for adults with developmental disabilities in SW Washington. While there, Mike successfully lobbied the state legislature to give individuals with developmental disabilities the choice to move out of institutionalized group homes and into residential neighborhoods. Defending the rights of the developmentally disabled is just one example of Mike’s tenacity and desire to make a difference on behalf of nonprofits.

This passion is evident as Mike advocates in the political arena. His leadership has brought millions of dollars to local nonprofit capital campaign projects. Mike also helped shape the Westby Associates philosophy of achieving success through mission/vision based philanthropy.

Mike graduated from the University of Portland and spent two terms studying at St. Clare’s Hall in Oxford, England. This international experience, along with being a former radio talk show host, gives Mike a broad world’s eye view as he approaches Westby Associates’ client work.

Mike enjoys travel, social occasions, and is most happy in the company of good friends and a memorable meal. Mike is the proud father of one daughter and lives in Vancouver, WA with his dog pal Oscar.

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