Holocaust Center for Humanity

The Holocaust Center for Humanity teaches the lessons of the Holocaust, inspiring students of all ages to confront bigotry and indifference, promote human dignity, and take action.

At the Holocaust Center for Humanity, we build courageous communities by teaching and honoring the history, stories, and lessons of the Holocaust.  These lessons give people of all ages an empathetic lens to view today’s complex issues and see the role they can each play in fighting hate.

Since 1989, the Holocaust Center for Humanity has taught the history of the Holocaust so that our local survivors, their families, and millions of other victims will not be forgotten, and their stories would inspire positive action. Through education, events, field trips, museum visits, and community programs, the Holocaust Center for Humanity remains dedicated to its responsibility to fight hate by educating students, teachers, and the general public about the dangers of intolerance and the difference each one of us can make.  


Welcome to Our Home


I Can Make a Difference



Commitment to DEIA (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility)

The Holocaust Center for Humanity strives to remember the past, connect the lessons of history to our lives today, and build an equitable future for all.

The Holocaust Center for Humanity believes that the diversity of identities and experiences individuals bring to the Holocaust Center is a resource, strength and benefit. Accordingly, the Holocaust Center expects everyone to demonstrate respect for the different experiences, beliefs, and values expressed by visitors, volunteers, and staff.

As part of our ongoing, 3-year Strategic Plan, the Holocaust Center for Humanity is committed to further incorporating Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) into our priorities. Below are some of the steps we are currently taking:

  • Creating a DEIA Implementation Plan as a guiding element of our Strategic Work Plan
  • Founding a DEIA Committee, which meets monthly and is open to all staff and board members
  • Investing in professional development and training on DEIA for all board and staff
  • Incorporate new DEIA strategies within our recruitment and hiring practices

From Generation to Generation



The Holocaust Center's Strategic Plan 2022-2025

The 3-year Strategic Plan sets clear goals with measurable outcomes to ensure we are meeting the needs of our community and creating a meaningful and sustainable organization. Strategic priorities include: 

  1. Scale to more schools
  2. Reach new audiences
  3. Connect the past to today
  4. Build organizational strength
  5. Secure our future


2023 Gratitude Report

Thank you to everyone who supported the Center in 2023!
Click the image below to view the Center's 2023 Annual Report.

2022 Gratitude Report


The Holocaust Center provides the following resources to educators, students, academics, authors, and public and private organizations:

  • Museum
  • Educational programs and curricula
  • Community programs
  • Artifacts
  • Teacher Training
  • Teaching Trunks
  • Speakers Bureau of survivors, witnesses, liberators, second generation, and WWII veterans
  • Online resources including curricula and teaching activities
  • Exhibits
  • Library collection of books, videos, video testimonies
  • Writing, art, and film contest
  • European Tours
  • Support and consultation for educators

The Holocaust Center's work is funded by individual donations and grants.

Contact Us


Board of Directors

President: Paul Bloom, Climate Solutions, Senior Advisor
Treasurer: Chuck Stempler, Alphagraphics, Business Owner
Secretary: Ron Friedman, Karr Tuttle, Attorney
First Vice President: Rachel Nathanson, Urban Planning Consultant, Business Owner
Second Vice President: Naomi Newman, Staklist, VP, Content and Research
Immediate Past President: Lynne Smith, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Retired Deputy Director
David Alhadeff, Goldman Sachs, Vice President
Cammie Allen, Student Leadership Board Representative
Shelley Bensussen, Retired Salesperson, Past Board Chair JFGS, Community Volunteer
David Bley, Retired Nonprofit Executive and Community Volunteer
Alex Bogaard, Brown and Brown of Washington, President
Bobbe Bridge, Former WA State Supreme Court Judge; Founder, Center for Children & Youth Justice
Melissa Brown, Community Volunteer
Arik Cohen, Meta, Technical Program Manager
Cara Egan, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center, Senior Communications Officer
Tal Eidelman, Product Manager, Google
Bob Evans, Nonprofit and Community Liaison, Philanthropist
Lela Franco, Philanthropist
Henry Friedman, Retired Business Owner, Holocaust Survivor
Josh Gortler, The Kline Galland Center Foundation, President
Anne Green, Consultant & Senior Advisor
Eric LeVine, Business Owner, Emeritus Board Member for United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Rabbi James Mirel, Temple B'nai Torah, Senior Rabbi Emeritus
Tyler Ponticelli, Consultant, Strategy&, Ambassadors for Change Representative
Nancy Powell, Philanthropist, Director of the Powell Family Foundation
Jack Schaloum, Federal Army Navy Surplus, Business Owner
Judy Schocken, Philanthropist
Jenai Sheffels, Teacher Advisory Board Representative
Sarah Zaides, Stroum Center for Jewish Studies, University of Washington, Associate Director, Historian
Maggie Yates, Office of Civil Legal Aid

Honorary Board

Cheryl Berenson, Community Volunteer
Marc A. Boman, Perkins Coie LLP, Of Counsel
Senator Reuven Carlyle, Washington State Senator
Carolyn "Puddin" Cox, Alexander Hamilton Foundation, Founder; Social Worker
Arlene B. Ehrlich, Community Volunteer
Sandra Friedman, Community Volunteer
Janee Hahn, Catered Printing, Business Owner