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My experience

My mission is to advance philanthropy and awareness for progressive social change and environmental causes. I bring over two decades of professional experience in the public, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors to my work and specialize in working with nonprofits facing a transitional stage of growth. For over 15 years I have provided services, project management and training in development planning, grant writing and communications.

My support has empowered partners to raise funds to advance conservation, protect the environment, empower women and girls, advance cross-cultural understanding, help youth develop resiliency and determination, create a new media ecosystem in the Bay Area and improve college access and success for disadvantaged youth and first-generation students.

Women’s Environmental Network

Since March 2014 I have served on the board of the Women’s Environmental Network (WEN), where I chair the Communications and Marketing Committee. This year I successfully led WEN through redesign of the organization’s website and helped to lead a strategic planning process that is ushering in a new era for a long-lived organization. WEN turns 20 in 2017. Our next steps are to create a strategic business plan and to grow our network and community as we prepare to achieve our expanded vision and goals.

Early Career

For close to 10 years I worked in the environmental consulting field, supporting projects for public agencies, nonprofits and educational institutions including the Environmental Protection Agency, Alameda County Source Reduction and Recycling Board, City and County of San Francisco, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, UC Berkeley and the Oakland Zoo, among others. My work ranged from regulation development and oil spill prevention inspections for the Environmental Protection Agency to helping California businesses and nonprofits to prevent pollution and find and implement green business solutions for StopWaste.org. I wrote proposals and publications, developed budgets and managed projects.

Education

I hold a BA in Environmental Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, and have extensive training in nonprofit development and communications. I have also completed course work in leadership, feature writing, visual strategies in design, theater and photography.

Publication writing

I have published articles in Bay Nature magazine, Philanthropy News Digest and Terrain magazine including a popular historical and ecological account of the Bay’s native oyster and a how-to article on podcasting.

Wilderness and wildlife advocate

As a wilderness advocate and outdoor enthusiast, I also volunteer for a Bay Area puma study and enjoy exploring the natural world. Among my favorite places on earth are Point Reyes National Seashore, Yosemite National Park and the High Sierra.

Brief bio

Based in Berkeley, California, I am a nonprofit consultant, writer and Women’s Environmental Network board member. To advance philanthropy and awareness for progressive social change and environmental causes, I serve as a program and funding strategist and writer. I specialize in grant development, communications, program design, planning, strategy and organizational transitions.

Bay Nature stories

Please visit my nature writing at Bay Nature magazine, where I wrote about the California State Parks crisis in 2012 and 2013, a feature story about the native oyster of San Francisco Bay, and the quarterly Ear to the Ground column.

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