he Olympic College Foundation is pleased to announce that Trevor Ross has joined the staff as Executive Director after a career focused on charitable, estate, tax and financial planning.
The San Francisco native comes to the Foundation from BECU Trust Services in Tukwila, where he served as the senior trust officer. Before that, he was vice president and senior trust officer at 1st Source Bank in Warsaw, IN.
In addition, Trevor has served on numerous charitable boards, including Animal Welfare League and Big Brothers Big Sisters, and strongly believes in giving back through donating and volunteering his time.
That desire to contribute inspired him to make the switch from financial services to nonprofit management. “I wanted to be able to give back to my community while at the same time being able to apply my background, experience and passion for helping others,” he said. “The position of Foundation executive director rolls all of that into one job.”
He looks forward to carrying out the Foundation’s mission of transforming lives and said he will work to deepen and create new connections with the community to allow the Foundation to grow and provide even greater support to OC students.
“I really like being part of the Olympic College Foundation because I can see that the things we do have an immediate and quantifiable impact on students.”
A lifelong learner, Trevor has focused his career on fiduciary management, budget oversight, customer service and talent cultivation. His practical work experience includes advising business owners, investors, entrepreneurs and individuals on how to protect and grow their assets and advising high-net-worth clients on charitable giving. He has a depth of experience with charitable trusts, major gift initiatives, planned giving, corporate partnerships and fundraising campaigns.
Olympic College President Marty Cavalluzzi said Trevor’s diverse background makes him a good fit for the role of Foundation executive director. “He has experiences and skills that will help the Olympic College Foundation, and subsequently Olympic College students and employees, reach new heights.”
Trevor holds a Master of Laws in Taxation (LLM in Taxation) from Golden Gate University School of Law, a Juris Doctorate from San Francisco Law School and a Bachelors of Arts in Speech Communication from San Francisco State University.
He and his wife, Ariel Birtley, moved to Bainbridge Island in 2014 to provide a better life for their five small children. When not working, Trevor enjoys biking, golf, basketball, skiing, tennis, kayaking and spending time outdoors in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.