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John Goodwin

Firm Management/Client Advisor

I enjoy exploring planning opportunities that lie between the purely entrepreneurial or purely philanthropic realms. Most recently, we provided the strategic counsel to help our client turn an underperforming and declining real estate asset into a brand new 10,000 square foot home for an arts organization she founded and has nurtured to critical success. Incorporating above ground floor apartments addressed chronic housing shortages in the desirable neighborhood and financially helped to underwrite the gift of space to the charity. By understanding our client’s deep motivations we were able to help her achieve success on multiple levels."

John Goodwin is a managing member of Filament and a member of the firm’s investment committee. John’s work over three decades has touched nearly every aspect of private family wealth management including wealth structuring, preservation and transfer, philanthropy advising, and investment management. John brings special expertise and perspective to the firm’s philanthropic advisory practices by integrating tools and lessons learned as an estate planning lawyer, principal gifts fundraiser and wealth management strategist.


John received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington (Order of the Coif) and his BA (magna cum laude in Economics) from the University of Notre Dame. He is a member of the Washington State Bar.

Community Involvement

John is a founding board member of the Seattle Philanthropic Advisors Network (SPAN). He currently chairs the Seattle University Planned Giving Advisory Committee and is a member of the President’s Campaign Steering Committee for the comprehensive campaign to raise $270M. John is a past Trustee of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and a past endowment and advisory board member for John F. Kennedy Catholic High School.