I am an established nonprofit Executive with a diverse background and demonstrated success in leading and managing Educational, Human Service, Health, Human Rights, Social and Criminal Justice Advocacy and Reform organizations. I have more than 35 years experience and broad expertise in all aspects of nonprofit program, volunteer, and financial management. I am self-directed, grounded and capable of adapting to changing priorities and moving organizations to new levels of performance and effectiveness as evidenced by having managed the reorganization and growth of San Francisco Special Olympics (as founding Executive Director), Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Francisco and the Pennisula, and national Death Penalty Focus.
Since 2012, I have been the Administrative Director for the California Appellate Project. I am responsible for implementing the California Appellate Project's mission of offering high quality support and resources to private attorneys who represent indigent defendants on death row by providing overall direction and management of the office and its activities, in partnership with the Executive Director and in consultation with the Board of Directors, including all planning and decisions related to personnel, appellate attorney resources and services, technology, and finances; supervising related departments and teams; and general administration of a nonprofit public interest law firm.
Overall, I have extensive experience managing all operations of a wide variety of nonprofit organizations, providing collaborative leadership in the development and accomplishment of an organization's mission. I am a creative problem solver and strategic thinker providing vision and direction to the Board in the creation of policies and programs while balancing short and long-term goals and objectives. I have the ability and experience to communicate effectively and to build relationships with multiple constituencies, including board, staff, volunteers, donors, foundation officers, and community and government leaders. I possess strong public relations, verbal and written communications skills.
I am also a tenacious fundraiser with proven experience in corporate and foundation funding, annual campaigns, major gifts, special events, and development of creative marketing strategies. I have the ability and experience to engage and cultivate stakeholders while growing and maintaining a sustainable, diversified funding base, building capacity, and maximizing ongoing support.
Finally, I am proficient in both Windows and Mac platforms, with extensive knowledge of information technology needs and services, including social media strategies and all aspects of e-advocacy, e-fundraising, and other emerging technologies that support and advance non-profit missions.
Prior to my current postion as the Administrative Director of the California Appellate Project, I was from 1995 to 2012 the Executive Director of Death Penalty Focus, one of the largest criminal justice reform and anti-death penalty advocacy organizations in the nation, founded in 1988 and acknowledged by Human Rights Watch as “one of the premier organizations seeking to abolish the death penalty by educating and mobilizing the public, and ensuring that the use of this arbitrary and barbaric practice receives the intense critical scrutiny that it deserves.”
In addition, I founded Californians for a Moratorium on Executions and co-founded California People of Faith Working Against the Death Penalty and California Crime Victims for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. I have also taught at Boys Town of the Desert in southern California, Arizona State Prison in Florence, Arizona and in the San Francisco County Jails.
For many years I served as a volunteer for Little Brothers’ Friends of the Elderly (a Catholic charity offering friendship and basic services to isolated elderly men and women in San Francisco) and Visiting Nurses and Hospice of San Francisco, including Coming Home Hospice.
I was born and raised in Los Angeles and have been a resident of San Francisco since 1975. I have an M.A. in English Literature and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of California. I also have completed all course work for an Ed.D in Organization and Leadership at the University of San Francisco.
Summary of professional experience:
- Extensive experience leading and managing educational, health, social service and social justice nonprofit organizations: responsible for overall operations and the collaborative leadership of staff and volunteers in the development and accomplishment of all organizational goals and objectives and fulfillment of mission; responsible for providing information and guidance to Board of Directors in the creation of all policies, programs, and strategic directions.
- Solid background in all aspects of fund development and nonprofit financial management, including proven experience in cultivating and developing relationships with corporations, foundations and major donors, special events fundraising, grant writing, and developing new marketing strategies. Tenacious fundraiser with proven ability to engage and cultivate stakeholders while growing and maintaining a sustainable, diversified funding base, building capacity and maximizing ongoing support.
- Demonstrated expertise and extensive experience in developing and implementing strong outreach and public education programs while working with multiple constituencies; effective public relations skills, including verbal and written communications, public speaking, media interviews, and delivering formal presentations; broad background in community organizing.
- Proficient with Windows and Mac platforms and applications; expertise in effective utilization of current social media strategies and tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, blogs and other social networking sites; knowledgeable about all aspects of e-advocacy and e-fundraising and the indispensable role of emerging technologies in supporting and advancing the work of nonprofits.