Annette de Soto, MA
Building/Room: HUNT 200
Lead Consultant, Beyond the Divide
Annette de Soto has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector. She is the founder and lead consultant at Beyond the Divide where she provides strategic planning, program evaluation, communications and board and staff development services to a wide variety of arts, political, educational and human service organizations. Prior to establishing her consulting practice, Annette served as an Executive Director of a start-up human services organization (increasing staff and revenues by 400% in less than 4 years) and helped develop record breaking major donor fundraising efforts for organizations including the UW World Series at Meany Hall, KCTS (PBS) and a host of other worthy concerns. As a consultant with the Herndon Alliance, she provided communications and messaging counsel to a wide variety of stakeholders including the Obama and Clinton campaigns and designed national trainings and messaging leading up to the passage of the Affordable Care Act.
Annette has a BA in Art History, an MA in the History of Religions and worked on a Ph D in Hellenistic Religions, all at the University of Chicago. She is a volunteer naturalist with the City of Seattle Parks, a former jazz musician and previously served on the board of Earshot Jazz.
When not teaching or working on projects for Beyond the Divide, Annette splits her time between collecting Outsider Art and hiking and skiing in the mountains. If you are unable to locate her during baseball season, you might check behind home plate at Safeco field where she is an avid fan and season ticket holder.