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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.

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Work History

2012Present

Administrative Director

California Appellate Project

Responsible for implementing the California Appellate Project's mission of providing high quality support and resources to private attorneys representing 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 planning and decisions related to personnel, resources and services, technology, finances, the supervision of related departments and teams, and general administration of a non-profit public interest law firm.

19952012

Executive Director

Death Penalty Focus

  • Lead and manage national criminal justice reform and anti-death penalty advocacy organization. DP Focus (www.deathpenalty.org), founded in 1988 by leadership from Amnesty International, ACLU and the religious community governed by prestigious 32-member Board of Directors, chaired by actor/activist Mike Farrell: annual budget of 600k; 4 full-time and 5 part-time staff.

  • Demonstrated turnaround management skills in rebuilding and revitalizing organization and taking it to new levels in program, staff and fund development. Initiated and guided transition from a state to national organization. Developed and manage 11 local volunteer chapters throughout California. Built membership base from 3,000 to 25,000.

  • Founded/cofounded and led three coalitions: Californians for a Moratorium on Executions, California People of Faith Working Against the Death Penalty, and California Crime Victims for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. Initiated, obtained funding for recent bi-partisan Senate California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice.

  • Created top-ranked interactive website, including social media, e-advocacy and e-fundraising capacities. Participated in numerous television, radio and print press interviews; extensive experience in public speaking and media activism.

  • Created major annual Awards Dinner fundraising event (200k); initiated and expanded membership, major donor and e-fundraising campaigns. Grew budget from 80k to 600k.

  • Significantly expanded all core programs: public education, legislative, victim, law enforcement and international outreach. Organized numerous demonstrations, conferences, roundtables, workshops, trainings, media and publicity events, and coalitions. Established working relationships with community and government leaders and expanded community and political organizing campaigns.
19901995

Executive Director

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of SF and the Peninsula

Managed large social service volunteer-based organization dedicated to providing mentors to at-risk children. Hired and supervised 10 plus staff comprised primarily of social workers and professional counselors; developed and managed volunteer recruitment, training and retention programs; expanded mentoring program to include LBGT and Deaf community participation; initiated and managed merger between San Francisco and Peninsula agencies. Significantly grew and stabilized all programs and funding base.

19881990

Executive Director

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America Northern California Chapter

Managed volunteer-based organization dedicated to finding the cure for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and to improving the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. Developed and managed a wide range of educational programs for patients and health-care professionals, including supportive services to help people cope with chronic diseases.

19801988

Executive Director

Special Olympics of  San Francisco and Northern California

Managed volunteer-based, year-round sports training and competition program for individuals with intellectual disabilities. As founding executive director for SF Special Olympics, built organization from small SF Recreation and Parks program to independent nonprofit agency with paid program and development staff, grew Board of Directors and expanded funding and programs. As Western Regional Director for National Special Olympics, supervised and supported local Special Olympic organizations in 8 Western states.

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