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Communication, Strategy, Administrative Support

San Jose, California, United States
October 29, 2018

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Cell: 408-***-**** E-mail: San Jose, CA


Successful collaborator and team player with eighteen years of experience

Strong aptitude for project management, time management, and creative collaboration

Extensive database experience (Tessitura, eTapestry, Jenzabar, Exceed!, Raiser’s Edge)

Event planning

Strong written, verbal, and professional relationship skills


The Tech Museum of Innovation San Jose, CA

Director of Major Gifts 2/18 – Present

Cultivate and steward individual donors, with a personal goal of raising $1.1 million

Strategize with program directors to determine funding needs and action plan

Extensive research on prospective donors to find alignment with our mission and capacity to support.

Work interdepartmentally to put on donor events throughout the museum

Special emphasis on fundraising for new sustainability center

Collaborate effectively and creatively with team of six other fundraisers

Reinvigorate planned giving program, enlisting outside committee help and meeting with prospective donors

Acterra Palo Alto, CA

Development Director 11/15 – 2/18

Managed all fundraising planning and execution, working closely with the Executive Director, board, and Development Committee

Responsible for raising $450,000 per year in unrestricted operational support for environmental education programs. Managed one direct report.

Engaged in deep dive strategic planning with program directors regarding their work in the community, and how best to position ourselves with donors and potential donors

Managed fall and spring lecture series, hosting speakers including former Secretary of State George Shultz and Stanford conservation biologists Paul and Anne Ehrlich

Strategized with leadership about most efficient staffing setup for the organization. Reviewed candidates, interviewed, hired employees

Managed three fundraising campaigns per year and coordinated mailing and emails to donor base of roughly 3,000 people

Compiled and edited annual report and two biannual newsletters

Managed close relationships with major donors, board members, and coordinate fundraising and update meetings

Managed annual fundraising gala and two donor appreciation events per year, as well as two lecture series per year

Participated with Board Development Committee and presented fundraising updates at board meetings

Palo Alto University Palo Alto, CA

(Higher education institution dedicated to education with an emphasis in the behavioral and social sciences)

Director, Institutional Advancement 10/12 – 11/15

Responsible for fundraising $325,000 per year to support student scholarships, and support faculty research projects

Project management of therapeutic clinic fundraising campaign with university leadership

Surpassed fundraising goal by 20% in FY 2014 and 2015

Increased alumni giving by 2%, through new student-run phonathon

Worked alongside the president to plan and execute fundraising strategic plan. Managed one direct report.

Compiled university annual report every year

Planned events to honor donors and connect them with the students their funds support.

Palo Alto University Palo Alto, CA

Manager, Corporate and Foundation Relations 8/12 – 10/12

Responsible for creating and stewarding the university’s relationships with corporations and foundations

Increased programmatic support for bachelor’s program in Business Psychology

Obtained access to internship sites for Business Psychology students

Palo Alto University Palo Alto, CA

Development Assistant 11/11- 8/12

Provided direct support to VP for Institutional Advancement and Director of Alumni Relations

Reconnected donors to pledges such that PAU’s pledge payment revenue increased by 10 percent

Managed development database, Exceed!, from all data entry, report extraction, and process management

Managed all aspects of data conversion of Advancement Department database from Exceed! to a new ERP, Jenzabar EX

Fostered and maintained relationships with trustees, faculty and donors in relation to their pledge commitments and reports

Provided assistance in planning for PAU’s first annual main fundraising event, a Tribute Event in honor of PAU’s president.

Silicon Valley Community Foundation Mountain View, CA

(Provides visionary community leadership by identifying emerging challenges in our region.)

Grants Associate 04/10-09/11

Timely and impeccable processing of millions of dollars in grants from prominent, high-touch donor advised and corporate advised funds

Collection of all necessary information on nonprofit eligibility

Impeccable maintenance of files; extensive communication and documentation tracking and reporting

Extensive due diligence research on nonprofit organizations throughout the nation and internationally, including the organization of expenditure responsibility and equivalency determination documentation

Research nonprofit and fund compliance, while maintaining timely communication within the foundation internally and with fund advisors and nonprofit organizations externally

Processing of all outgoing grant checks and grant award letters weekly, while maintaining safety of grant checks and confidentiality of fund advisors and their respective funds

Youth Science Institute Los Gatos, CA

(Nonprofit organization that offers outdoor science education programs for students)

Donor Database Management 09/09-10/11

Responsible for administration of the member/donor database to ensure accurate record keeping, reporting, and processing of donations

Support with improving the overall performance of database (Exceed) and its overall functioning

Worked with other contractors or subcontractors supporting the Development Department

Project H.E.L.P. (High Expectations Learning Program) Sunnyvale, CA

(Education-based nonprofit offering auxiliary learning programs to at-risk students)

Assistant to the Director 09/04-01/09

Assisted in various aspects of fundraising activities, including proposal writing, grant research, donor interaction, and reporting.

Provided administrative support to Founder/Director.

Provided general support and facilitated organizational education for Board of Directors.

Maintained Exceed database to track donors, volunteers, and client families.

Worked in classrooms directly with Project H.E.L.P. teachers and students.

Assisted with volunteer program coordination, and managed relationships with volunteers, foundations, and corporations.

Marine Science Institute Redwood City, CA

(Nonprofit offering hands-on science programs related to an understanding and stewardship of the San Francisco Bay Estuary)

Development Coordinator 03/99-06/04

Raised over $1 million in corporate and foundation funds to support hands-on science education programs for pre-K through college-aged students and adults.

Wrote grants, acknowledgement letters, and kept donors up to date with timely reports.

Cultivated new relationships and maintained existing relationships with donors and members.

Managed donor databases that tracked grant allocation down to the dollar.

Created and managed annual poetry contest for students, Translating the Tides.

Taught young people about the field of marine science by taking live animals to local corporations for “Take Your Child to Work” Days.

Performed duties related to payroll, health insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, and the creation of MSI’s employee manual.


Saint Mary’s College Moraga, CA, (Santa Clara Program)


Executive MBA Program, with three focuses:

oAnalysis and critical thinking

oBusiness strategy, ethics, marketing, and production

oResponsible leadership

University of California at Davis Davis, CA


B.A. in English with a focus in Creative Writing.

oDeans List, Fall of senior year.

oEducation abroad at University College Cork, Ireland, for entire junior year.

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