Gloris Estrella

Program Officer

Gloris focuses on community-based approaches to promoting social and emotional development, healthy parent-child relationships, and parent wellbeing with an emphasis on maternal mental health. She believes in the power of building strong partnerships that center the communities most affected. She brings deep understanding of community-based solutions and a passion for leveraging resources to improve outcomes for families. Most recently, she has held roles at Premera Social Impact and Philanthropy NW.

Kimberly Gilsdorf, MBA

Program Officer

Kim focuses on resourcing Perigee’s grantees and partners. She is energized by opportunities to build organizational and leadership capacity, the critical role of front-line professionals serving families, and a commitment to learning in action. She believes that the time spent working alongside grantee partners is as important as the financial resources Perigee invests. She has led complex workforce development initiatives and has direct experience building community-based organizations.

Teresa Gonzales

Teresa Gonzales

Senior Office, Grants, and Contracts Administrator

Teresa is the hub of Perigee’s work. She works with the team to build the processes through which Perigee Fund resources grantees and partners with others. She has a deep appreciation for the power of strong and secure relationships in very young children’s lives and a commitment to the role of philanthropy in working collaboratively to affect systemic barriers. She brings a decade of experience at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation working with the Washington State and Early Learning teams.

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Becca Graves

Executive Director

Becca leads the Perigee team. She engages as a thought partner and a dedicated listener. She holds a core belief that when communities and networks of leaders come together, they can transform how we see both problems and their solutions and deepen the ways in which people work together to bring about change. She spent over 15 years at FSG as a founding team member and a managing director, focused on community-driven philanthropy and the design of strategic initiatives.

Lauren Hipp

Program Officer

Lauren focuses on supporting policy, advocacy, and communications to advance Perigee Fund’s vision. Lauren holds a central belief that policy and programmatic solutions are driven by communities who are furthest from justice. Lauren has worked to advance racial equity through large-scale grassroots organizing and mobilization campaigns, policy development, advocacy, and implementation. Previously Lauren directed Early Learning campaigns for MomsRising and led the Policy and Community Partnership efforts for a state-wide public-private partnership focused on early childhood.

Elizabeth Krause


Elizabeth leads our efforts to advance health systems opportunities to improve infant and maternal mental health. From her work with moms and as a parent, she knows that attuned, positive, and responsive relationships between caregivers and babies produce multiplier effects benefiting both. At St. David’s Foundation in Austin she directed community investments to address maternal morbidity and mortality and improve postpartum health. And at the Connecticut Health Foundation she led policy and communications initiatives for health equity through safety net transformation.

Mariel Mendez

Associate Program Officer

Mariel brings community, research, and public health perspectives to the Perigee team. She is focused on the role of seemingly disparate policies and services in supporting strong early relationships and emotional health – from paid family and medical leave to how the child welfare system supports families. She has a deep passion for building and investing in culturally-sensitive approaches and community-driven change. Having worked at Harvard Medical School and Columbia University, Mariel has returned home to Washington to continue advocating for child and parent mental health.

Lisa Mennet

Lisa Mennet, PhD


Lisa is our founder and anchors Perigee Fund in the values, insights, and experiences she has gained as an infant mental health therapist to families and children, a clinical educator, and a mentor to early childhood professionals. She is the Clinical Director at Cooper House and has witnessed not only the challenges that come with a lack of programming and resources but, more importantly, the powerful impact timely interventions can have in changing a child’s life trajectory.

Seattle Foundation

Our colleagues at Seattle Foundation provide operational support and expertise that enables Perigee Fund to operate effectively to promote the healthy social and emotional development of babies and toddlers. Seattle Foundation is committed to creating an inclusive community where all have access to opportunity and the benefits of a healthy community.

Everything that we know about babies leads to the conclusion that they seek human connection, not only to survive but for its own sake. They are born looking for us. Given a choice of what to look at in their first hours, it is always the human face they choose.

Jeree H Pawl, Ph.D