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our Story


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our Story


It Started with a Passion.....

Neighbors and friends came together with the idea to reclaim one or two sites in Ballard for green space. Founder, Lillian Riley, inspired the neighborhood to think bigger, to aim for a network of public green spaces throughout NW Seattle where no child or adult would need to cross an arterial to find a green space. 20+ years later we are still seeking new opportunities in NW Seattle to enrich the lives of our community. 

LILLIAN RILEY, Groundswell NW Founder

LILLIAN RILEY, Groundswell NW Founder

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Our Mission


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Our Mission


MISSION
Groundswell NW is an all volunteer organization with the mission to
“Empower NW Seattle to create, activate and care for parks, open space and habitat”
WHAT WE DO
At Groundswell NW, we serve community groups in NW Seattle by providing mentorship, awarding microgrants, providing fiscal sponsorship, and advocating for parks, open space and habitat at the neighborhood and city level.
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People


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People


DAWN HEMMINGER (speaking), GNW President

DAWN HEMMINGER (speaking), GNW President

Groundswell NW board

  • Dawn Hemminger, President 
  • Vacant, Vice President
  • Frana Milan, Treasurer 
  • Jan Satterthwaite, Secretary 
  • David Folweiler, Past President
  • Dave Boyd, Past President
  • Renee Dagseth
  • Dennis Galvin
  • Devon Shannon 

Local heroes

Since 2001, Groundswell NW has recognized people who have contributed greatly to our mission in the community. Our Local Heroes in alphabetical order:

Mark Blitzer, Dave Boyd, Rebecca Carr, Carol Cooper, Mark Davison, Mark Dexter, Todd Dickens, Robert Drucker, Carol Duescher, Andrea Faste, David Folweiler, Joyce Ford, Gina Frank, Kathleen Galloway, Jody Haug Grage, Doug Gresham, Nancy Gruber, Donald Harris, Michael Harthorne, Dawn Hemminger, Chris Hildebrandt, Lisa Hopkins, Erica Jones, Davidya Kasperzyk, Jennifer Litowski, Stephen Lundgren, Luke McGuff, Gabriella Möller, Chuck Nafziger, Vic Opperman, Ray Pennock, Carolyn Petersen, Keith Rickards, Lillian Riley, Sheila Roe, Marilla Satterwhite, Frank Shields, Dianna Simmonds, Sam Star, Brad Wakeman, Catherine Weatbrook, Steve Williams, David Wright

Know someone in northwest Seattle who has contributed to the greening of your neighborhood, someone who deserves recognition for their volunteer contributions? 

Nominate a "Local Hero":  

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DAWN HEMMINGER, GNW President & DOUG GRESHAM, 2015 Local Hero

DAWN HEMMINGER, GNW President & DOUG GRESHAM, 2015 Local Hero

GINA FRANK, 2015 Local Hero & DAWN HEMMINGER, GNW President

GINA FRANK, 2015 Local Hero & DAWN HEMMINGER, GNW President