DElstonDoug Elston
Director 
  
Doug  Elstonbrings  considerable legal and charitable organization experience to Breakthrough  Partners. His background includes significant involvement in private equity  fundraising, investments, intellectual property, corporate governance and  estate planning for high wealth individuals.
                     
Doug  has a successful general law practice that focuses on business and corporate  law and estate planning.  He previously served  as General Counsel and Director of Private Equity for a private investment  company involved in the acquisition, development and sale of companies in a  variety of industries and as General Counsel for a national environmental  engineering firm. He was also the President and CEO of a  manufacturer/distributor of highly specialized personal watercraft and was a  co-owner of a company that exported component refrigeration and air  conditioning parts to OEM manufacturers in the Philippines.

Doug  has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations including Overlake  Christian Foundation, Northwest Graduate School of the Ministry, Mission Media  and the New Life Singers. He has also worked closely with the Alistar International  Foundation which supports 2,500 orphans in Mexico, Haiti and several Central  American countries and Esperanza which operates a micro-lending program in the  Dominican Republic.  He was also actively  involved in an inner-city ministry in Seattle in establishing a new church and  supporting organizations such as Zion Prep Academy.

As  a Naval aviator, he served three tours of duty in Vietnam recording over 500  combat fight hours.  He completed a  successful Coast Guard reserve career, serving as the staff legal officer at  the U. S. Coast Guard Academy and retiring as a Commander, with experience  commanding a number of reserve boat units in Washington and Oregon.

Doug has a degree in Sociology  from the University of Washington and a law degree from Gonzaga  University.  He is licensed to practice  law in Washington and Connecticut.  He  lives in Snohomish with his wife Judy.   They have two grown children, a son and a daughter, and four wonderful grandchildren.