Since its inception in early 2002, Colby Underwood Consulting LLC has successfully raised over $91 million for its more than 225 unique clients. The Seattle Times calls principal Colby Underwood the “top fund-raiser for Seattle” and the Seattle Weekly named him the “Best Money Man” with good reason - Colby Underwood gets results.
Underwood got his start in politics as an intern for United States Senator Patty Murray in her Seattle office. In 2000, he served on the finance team for Governor Gary Locke’s reelection campaign and helped raise over $3.5 million in contributions for Washington’s incumbent governor. Colby Underwood Consulting LLC began in 2001 as Underwood built a finance team to help King County Councilmember Greg Nickels successfully unseat the incumbent Mayor of Seattle by raising $600,000 in campaign contributions from 3,500 different constituents. His firm has grown to include over eight employees and associates who help candidates, non-profits and for-profit organizations develop new and innovative ways to raise funds.
During the 2006 election year, Colby Underwood Consulting LLC raised more than $6 million in funds for three different U.S. House of Representatives candidates in Washington State. This included over $3 million for the Darcy Burner for Congress campaign – the most ever raised by any candidate for the U.S. House in the history of Washington State at that time.
Over the past five years, Underwood has established several companies around the Pacific Northwest. As one of the founders of UMC Pacific Holdings LLC, he has led the drive to move ideas, businesses, and funds around the Pacific Rim by serving as a consultant to a wide variety of clients. Underwood also serves as Co-CEO and Chief Business Officer to Blue Marble Biomaterials, a Seattle based company manufacturing bio-chemicals from cellulosic biomass.
Underwood believes in giving back to the community. In that capacity, he has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Fifth Avenue Theatre in Seattle and as a Board Member for Operation Nightwatch, an organization dedicated to serving the poorest of the poor by caring for homeless men, women, and children late at night. Underwood has also served as a board member for the Washington Bus, an organization that encourages young people to get more involved in their community through political involvement as well as Senior Services of Snohomish County, an organization dedicated to the independence of senior citizens.
In addition, Underwood mentors aspiring college students who wish to pursue careers in politics and business.
Born and raised in Seattle, Colby has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Washington. In his spare time, he enjoys flying private aircraft, hiking, playing competitive basketball, traveling, and brainstorming over the “next big thing”.