Andrea Caupain Sanderson


Andrea joined the Board in 2021. She brings expertise in leadership, executive management, fundraising, Board engagement, operations, advocacy, and public affairs.For more than two decades, Andrea has worked to promote economic mobility and racial equity for people across Washington state. As Byrd Barr Place’s CEO from 2008 to 2023, Andrea lead the organization in its efforts to build an equitable Washington through innovative programs and services that nurture people’s health and well-being. She’s also been instrumental in designing initiatives that focus attention on the adverse impacts of racism and advocating for policy and systemic change.

Inspired by the uprising for racial justice in 2020, Andrea, together with three other Black women leaders, launched the Black Future Co-op Fund, Washington’s first all Black-led philanthropy to ignite Black generational prosperity, health, and well-being throughout the state. Near the same time, she also joined with three other women of color to create the BIPOC Executive Directors Coalition of Washington State, bringing together nonprofit leaders of color to promote unity, reparation, and restoration for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities. She earned an MPA and a BA from Evergreen State College.