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President & CEO

Barry McConnell is responsible for planning, managing and directing a comprehensive effort to attract volunteers and private financial support for Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington.

He is the most tenured employee at Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington and began his career here as the Executive Director in 1991.

Barry has served in the nonprofit sector his entire career. He is accredited as a Certified Fund Raising Executive by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, a credential representing the highest standards of professional competence and ethical practice in serving the philanthropic sector. He is also a member of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals.

In 2003 he was the recipient of the Northwest Development Officers Association's Professional Achievement Award. Additionally, he is a past chair of the board of visitors for Seattle University’s Executive Master of Not-for-Profit Leadership program, and currently serves on the University of Washington’s Fundraising Certificate Program Advisory Committee. He received his bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of Washington.

It is our privilege to enrich lives, inspire, enhance resilience and coping ability, gratify, and improve strength and desire to overcome illness. We are building community by supporting children and families at their time of greatest need. ”

— Barry McConnell

Barry K. McConnell

Barry K. McConnell

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Anchorage, AK 99501
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