September 2, 2020

2020 WOA Business & Industry Award Honoree

Latisha Hill

2020 Women of Achievement Honoree

~ Business & Industry Award ~

Congratulations Latisha!

Thank You For Living Out YWCA Spokane’s Mission

Latisha is a tireless advocate for the community and has exemplified the values of hard work, leadership, and commitment to excellence since she began working at the age of 16. Today, Latisha has risen through the ranks at Avista, moving from an intern to a senior leadership role as Vice President of Community and Economic Vitality.

Latisha is a Spokane native who has earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Washington State University and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Eastern Washington University. She has worked in several roles since joining Avista in 2006, including operational and business policy support for multiple areas of the Avista service territory. Latisha completed the Willamette Executive Utility Management Program and the Finance for Non-Finance Executives Program at Wharton Business School.

Latisha has a remarkable ability to find solutions to complex problems. Most recently, Latisha has led the redevelopment of the University District South Landing development that resulted in the zero-energy Catalyst Building that is currently under construction. During this project, she was able to balance the needs of the neighborhood, developer, community, and clients to produce the most dynamic private development in the region.

Over the past decade, Latisha has participated in efforts to move the community and region forward and foster economic development and vitality by serving on several community boards and committees, including the Group Health Foundation, Visit Spokane, University District Public Development Authority, Northeast Public Development Authority, the Washington State Transportation Commission and Greater Spokane Incorporated. Her early accomplishments include serving as a Lilac Princess in high school and starting Rogers Students Reach Out, a group that serves the community and helps with fundraising. Later, she worked for four years at AHANA, a local nonprofit focused on minority business development, which gave her an appreciation for the broader community ecosystem.

She is known for her caring and honest approach, her intelligence and tremendous passion, her energy and strategic nature, and her sense of humor. Latisha is a hard worker and a self-described “volunteer junkie.” In addition to serving her community through various committees, she also finds time to mentor young people and students, often connecting them to other community leaders and opening important doors for their future.

Throughout her career, Latisha has credited several key mentors and supporters for their coaching and feedback: her mother, her grandparents, teachers, and community leaders like Roberta Greene. She learned early on that working together with others in the community enabled her to accomplish far more than she could alone. Latisha’s commitment to improving the community around her is evident in her meteoric trajectory that has ranged from roles in government to community board leadership and urban planning. YWCA Spokane is honored to celebrate Latisha as the Business and Industry Award Honoree for the 2020 Women of Achievement awards.


A two month celebration of those who live out YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.

This campaign will honor our 2020 Women of Achievement award winners and invite the community to take YWCA’s Learn & Give challenge focused on inspiring change during Domestic Violence Action Month.

September 1st through October 31st, 2020, YWCA’s ONE MISSION campaign will serve to celebrate women leaders in our community, raise awareness about the compounded experiences of domestic violence survivors, and look to raise $275,000. Proceeds raised support YWCA Spokane’s services for domestic violence victims and their children, including emergency shelter, counseling, legal services, job readiness, child care, and Pre-K programs for low income children and their families.

Please join us as we celebrate Latisha and the other 2020 award honorees through this new campaign. 

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Donate in Honor of Our Women of Achievement Award Honorees

Consider making a donation in honor of the outstanding women we acknowledge at this inspiring celebration. As our biggest, most critical fundraiser of the year, the Women of Achievement Awards benefit our programs and services directly, allowing our reach to grow further and our mission to be realized. Simply put, we cannot do this work without you!


About YWCA Spokane

For 117 years, YWCA Spokane has been helping women and children overcome social, economic, and personal barriers in order to accomplish their goals and achieve healthier and more fulfilling lives. Today, areas of focus include supporting victims of intimate partner domestic violence, promoting early childhood education, and confronting racial and social justice issues that negatively impact our clients and our community.

In 2019, YWCA served over 17,000 women, children, and families. Services include a continuum of wrap-around support: 24-hour Helpline and Safe Shelter, Counseling Center, Mental Health Services, Child Advocacy, Civil Legal Assistance, Legal Advocacy, and Economic Empowerment Advocacy. YWCA’s Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) provides 3- and 4-year-old children with the social and learning skills necessary for successful entry into kindergarten.

By working at the intersections of inequality, poverty, and domestic violence, YWCA Spokane is able to disrupt longstanding societal patterns of trauma. To learn more, take a look at our 2019 annual impact report.


This awards celebration would not be possible without the incredible support of our 2020 sponsors. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities contact Dana Morris Lee, YWCA Spokane Chief Philanthropy Officer, at or call 509-742-0111.




2020 Mission Partner


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Corporate Sponsors

Columbia Bank

Global Credit Union

The Spokesman-Review

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities contact Dana Morris Lee, YWCA Spokane Chief Philanthropy Officer, at or call 509-742-0111.

By: Erica Schreiber

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