For over two decades, I have focused on providing effective strategy and compelling content to engage and motivate people. I have worked with international NGOs, universities, and community nonprofits to craft the right communications to meet their goals. My work has won two Wilmer Shields Rich Awards for Excellence in Communications from the Council on Foundations. Grant proposals and appeals I have written have raised $6.5 million.
I served as the Development Director for Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services from 2010-2013. I increased individual giving by 44%, the number of gifts by 23% and average gift size by 17% during my first two years, despite the recession. I also identified new foundation prospects and wrote successful grants totaling $385,000.
In 2005, I co‐founded and served as Director of Marketing at Hands On Gourmet. This culinary events company leads its market in the food‐loving San Francisco Bay Area. We won the Make Mine a $Million Business Award, a national award for women-owned businesses, in 2006, and reached the $1 million revenue goal in 2007, our third year.
In 2000, I co‐founded Youth Philanthropy Worldwide (later called New Global Citizens) and served as its Executive Director for three years. During its 15-year lifespan, the organization’s programs inspired 18,500 young people across the US. They collectively raised $155,000 and launched 300 advocacy initiatives to support grassroots, community-led development projects in 40 countries around the world.
I have always loved to write and still have the first check I received for freelance writing in 1986 on my wall (for $10). I hold a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from Princeton, and a B.A. from the University of Virginia. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband, where I enjoy visiting the amazing restaurants with friends, attending concerts and cultural events, reading, and spending time with my two adult children.
Wilmer Shields Rich Awards for Excellence in Communications, awarded by the Council on Foundations, 1999.
Gold Award, Global Fund for Women 1997-98 Annual Report
Silver Award, Global Fund for Women Newsletter
Make Mine a $Million Business Award, to Hands On Gourmet, May 2006.
Fast 100. Hands On Gourmet was named 5th Fastest Growing Company in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times, 2008