Center for Disaster Philanthropy
Regine Webster brings a keen sense of adventure, discovery, and compassion to the fields of philanthropy and humanitarian assistance, helping build bridges between those offering solutions and those in need. With an eye toward long-term, sustainable results, Webster has been a steady presence in situations where chaos often reigns. Perhaps it was the summer she spent living in a Zambia refugee camp; the visits to internally displaced persons camps in northern Uganda; or seeing the devastation of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. Through it all, her sense of humor has continued to emerge, her optimism has strengthened, and her desire to bring every life experience in service to others has shone through.
Webster is the founding executive director of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, an organization aimed at transforming giving toward domestic and international disasters. CDP has matured into a trusted voice and philanthropic force, including awarding more than $424,000 in grants from its Hurricane Sandy Disaster Recovery Fund. Webster now serves as CDP vice president, and her personal reach spreads beyond the organization. In addition to holding speaking engagements that inspire and educate in the disaster philanthropy realm, Webster is actively involved in volunteer leadership positions on local and national-level boards and committees.
Webster was previously a program officer, consultant, and fellow in the Global Health and Global Development divisions of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, where she led the Foundation’s $15 million Emergency Relief portfolio; managed complex grantmaker/grantee relationships for 20 international non-governmental organizations; and developed and executed grants totaling more than $50 million to address crises in South Asia, Sudan, Iran, the Caribbean, and other areas.