Dedicated to ending relationship abuse and sexual violence through community awareness, education, and empowerment.

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Our Story

Nancy Belur and Sharon Anderson, Founders of The WAVE Foundation.

In 2008, a group of passionate women were compelled by the statistic that one out of every three women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. In response, founder Sharon Anderson created Cycle the WAVE, an all-women’s cycling event that celebrated the power of sisterhood and catalyzed a larger movement around education and awareness of relationship and sexual violence.


After three successful years of the Cycle the WAVE event, Sharon Anderson and Nancy Belur founded The WAVE Foundation to build community, raise awareness, and fundraise year-round. Since 2011, The WAVE Foundation has donated over $1,000,000 to 17 different agencies, helping to provide services for over 25,000 people.

Our Mission

Dedicated to ending relationship abuse and sexual violence through community awareness, education, and empowerment.

Our Team

Our Staff:


Ariana Orford – Executive Director

After Ariana worked as a victim advocate nearly 10 years ago, she decided to dedicate her career to ending violence against women. Throughout law school, she worked in the Domestic Violence Unit of the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and continued to work as a prosecuting attorney for King County after law school. Then as a legal aid attorney, she fought to protect the privacy of victims in criminal cases and to get protection orders for survivors of domestic violence. Most recently, Ariana founded the Legal Hope program, the first legal program in Washington State focused on offering legal assistance to survivors of sex trafficking. In addition to her J.D., she earned a Graduate Certificate in public policy and nonprofit management from Seattle University’s Masters of Public Administration Program. Ariana is also passionate about empowering women through fitness and is an instructor at Pure Barre Seattle fitness studios.

Carlen McKee – Legal Hope Program Director

Carlen began her human trafficking advocacy work over 10 years ago in Washington, DC, working with The Protection Project to draft and publish the Trafficking in Persons Report, an annual report issued by the U.S. Department of State to monitor and combat trafficking in persons both domestically and internationally. She then worked with the Polaris Project, providing resources and information directly to human trafficking victims. Carlen was also the president of Trafficking Free George Washington, a student organization dedicated to human trafficking advocacy and outreach. During her leadership, the group was awarded a grant after being named the Best Student Organization by George Washington University. Carlen practiced as a private attorney for several years before turning her focus back to survivor advocacy. 


Our Board:


Sharon Anderson, Board Chair

Founder, Cycle the WAVE & The WAVE Foundation

Tim Culbertson, Board Treasurer

Controller, Gutterglove Inc.

Kim Smallwood, Board Secretary

Vice President, Institutional Trust & Custody Relationship Manager, U.S. Bank


Tracy Thompson

Associate Professor, University of Washington Milgard School of Business

Karla Axell

Attorney, Perkins Coie

Erik Moe

Senior Marketing Manager, Tech for Social Impact, Microsoft Philanthropies

Francesca Eick

Associate, K&L Gates


Maria Manza

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office


Nancy Belur, Board Member Emeritus

Founder, The WAVE Foundation


Our Trusted Advisers:


Marc Berejka

Director of Government & Community Affairs, REI


Jane Searing

Owner & Shareholder, Clark Nuber P.S.



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