About Maka Gibson

Former Program Officer
Maka Gibson

Maka worked as a Program Officer for five years at the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington before returning to home to Hawaii in 2023. She worked closely with nonprofits in Cowlitz County, building authentic relationships and empowering communities to thrive and be successful. She is deeply passionate about equity work and closing the opportunity gap, and she is inspired by the resilience of children and families to persevere in the face of adversity and trauma.

Maka was born and raised in Hawaii and is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics from Willamette University. Prior to joining the Foundation, Maka worked at both The Oregon Community Foundation as a program associate for scholarships and grants, and Willamette Academy in Salem, Oregon as an academic mentor and program administrator.

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Recent Posts by Maka Gibson

COVID-19 Relief Efforts Begin With Food

May 21st, 2020

Food is a daily need, so it’s not surprising that local food banks and pantries are on the forefront of COVID-19 relief efforts.

While fielding the first wave of need, they are also dealing with the same tectonic shifts that many of us have experienced with food. These organizations are navigating challenges such as food shortages, …

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Gathering Feedback From the People Who Matter Most

December 3rd, 2019

I’ve always had a sneaking suspicion that “walking a mile in someone else’s shoes” does very little to reveal what’s afoot in another person’s life. For that, we need to start gathering feedback.

Yet, to this day, I can hear my third-grade teacher Ms. Agena explaining empathy by asking me to put myself in my classmates’ …

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