Vaughnetta Barton

Program Officer - External Affairs

Phone: (907) 334-0520


Vaughnetta Barton joined Rasmuson Foundation in March 2019 with more than 30 years of experience with nonprofits. Vaughnetta’s career has centered around community collaboration, grantmaking, and program development, all through lenses of partnership and strengthening organizations.

Over the years, she has held senior leadership positions in early learning, mentoring and welfare-to-work. Prior to joining Rasmuson Foundation, Vaughnetta launched the University of Washington School of Social Work’s prevention-based project, Communities in Action. She served as a clinical assistant professor providing opportunities for graduate students to practice community-centered social work. At Philanthropy Northwest, a close Foundation partner, she developed its fundraising strategy.

Vaughnetta holds a master’s in social work administration from the University of Washington. She is an alum of the Puget Sound-area’s Leadership Tomorrow and a former Marshall Memorial Fellow. A lifelong volunteer, she most recently served on The Seattle Public Library’s board of trustees.

Vaughnetta embraces Nelson Mandela’s belief that “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” As newcomers to the state, Vaughnetta and her husband are looking forward to reconnecting with Alaska family and friends.



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