Our Team





Gwen Straley, President & Executive Director 

Gwen envisions a world where all people own their financial futures, lead dignified lives free from poverty, and are increasingly motivated to contribute to society and the natural environment. This guides her leadership at 3rd Creek Foundation and her work as wealth advisor with 3rd Creek Investments, Inc. Prior to joining 3rd Creek, Gwen led projects and consulted for private and public sector organizations in Somalia, Liberia, Nepal, Palestine, Vietnam, and Honduras. Gwen is grateful that the majority of these opportunities involved working with locally led organizations. She holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College with a concentration in Sustainable Development. 




Dave Straley, Founder & treasurer 

Dave Straley is Founder and Treasurer of 3rd Creek Foundation. He is also the Founder and General Manager of 3rd Creek Investments, 3rd Creek Accounting, and 3rd Creek Ventures. He is an investment advisor representative and certified public accountant. Prior to founding 3rd Creek, Dave worked in the public sector at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as a Foreign Service Officer. While at USAID, he developed programs in land reform, infrastructure, HIV/AIDS prevention, small business development, community based land resource development, democracy, and governance. Dave also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nicaragua from 1974 to 1976, working on post earthquake reconstruction of Managua as an urban planner. Dave’s domestic experience includes 20 years in tax planning and preparation, small business consulting, and specialty work in health care accounting and reimbursement consulting. Dave completed his BA and MA in Economics at California State University at Long Beach.



Pam Straley, founder & Director

Pam Straley is a Founder and Board Member of 3rd Creek Foundation. She is an M.S., R.N., and Family Nurse Practitioner with a diverse background in nursing and health care administration. Her international career took off in 1974, when she joined the Peace Corps in Nicaragua as a community health volunteer. Recognizing her passion for global health, Pam continued to work with medical centers in Costa Rica and Indonesia. She has also consulted for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as its HIV/AIDS Prevention Project Manager in Zambia, as well as for the American Public Health Association, and Peace Corps. Most recently Pam served as Manager of a clinic in Incline Village serving low income, uninsured residents of Northern Nevada. Pamela earned her B.S.N. at California State Long Beach (1970), and M.S.N./F.N.P at the University of California, San Francisco (1985). She has published a health education manual and guide to general health services for foreigners in Indonesia.


Erica Jordan, director

Erica Jordan has served on the board of 3rd Creek Foundation since 2007. In addition to her work with 3rd Creek, Erica is a Court Appointed Special Advocate and Board Treasurer for Haight Ashbury Psychological Services. Erica has lived in London and Norway, and traveled for work and study throughout Europe, Turkey, Uganda, Nepal and the Philippines. She received her BA in Classical Studies from King’s College London, and is currently pursuing an MBA in Global Management from Dominican University of California. Erica is an avid photographer and loves to garden.




Harris Kirschner, advisor 

Harris joined the 3rd Creek Foundation in 2015, and has been with 3rd Creek Investments and 3rd Creek Accounting since 2010. He is a investment advisor and a staff accountant. Harris graduated from the University of Denver with a B.A. in Finance and a double minor in Economics and International Studies. He serves on the board of 3rd Creek Medical Ventures, and as Chief Financial Officer of Spinal Surgical Solutions.


Danielle Decatur, Director

Danielle has spent 10 years in consulting, providing Change Management and Lean Six Sigma expertise across many industries while employed by Microsoft and IBM. She also worked in Environmental Sustainability for AREVA while obtaining her MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. She hails from upstate New York, where she also attended college at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She has lived in Dublin, Washington D.C., Louisiana, and Phoenix, and now calls Seattle home.

Chris Zintel, director

Chris works as a learning manager, researcher and executive coach for IMD, a top global business school, and leads a consulting firm that specializes in the design, delivery and evaluation of customized learning engagements. He has managed poverty alleviation initiatives throughout Sub-Saharan Africa with the Grameen Foundation and the US African Development Foundation. Chris holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Bachelor of Arts from Whitman College.  When not planning his next adventure, you can find Chris exploring the peaks and valleys in his native Pacific Northwest with his lovely wife Linda and scruffy dog Chewbacca.