Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) Renewal

As a development professional, I’m genuinely curious about how all of the parts of an entrepreneurial, ethical, and effective fundraising program work together to strategically advance the mission of an organization. I’m also interested in learning as much as I can about how to connect with philangthropic individuals and institutions. For these reasons and more, I've renewed my recognition as a Certified Fund Raising Executive, CFRE

CFRE certification confirms my knowledge of the highest standards of professional competence and ethical practice in serving the philanthropic sector. It’s also a public statement to donors and colleagues that I care about fundraising as a profession and that I’m personally inspired to uphold its integrity.

My initial certification three years ago in 2013 required my passage of a written examination, in addition to a professional panel review of my continuing education, years of experience, fundraising performance, and service learning as a volunteer. CFRE is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, NCCA.

I’m thankful for the many new colleagues I now have in my network as a result, too! Working in the field of philanthropy and in the voluntary sector is truly rewarding work.

Download the press release to learn more. 


Spider Dreams

Today I joined a couple of friends as we hiked Mount Diablo, known for its spider habitat and spectacular views of San Francisco and San Pablo Bays. The landscape, spotted with spider webs gleaming with jewels of dew, reminded me of the song Spider Dreams by David Balakrishnan of the Turtle Island String Quartet, one of my favorite chamber ensembles. 


Stanford Alumni Association: Never stop growing.

I was a graduate student at Stanford University from 2004-2008 (MA '05 education policy; MA '06 sociology) and served on staff from 2008-2010 at the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and Haas Center for Public Service.
Since then, I have enjoyed serving on the board of directors of the Stanford Club of San Francisco and Stanford Pride, as well participating in the annual Beyond The Farm day of service, as my way to stay connected to my alma mater. 
This year, I accepted an invitation to join the Board of Directors of the Stanford Alumni Association. I consider this membership among  the highest honors of my life and I am absolutely thrilled to make the most of this special leadership and service opportunity!
The Stanford Alumni Association seeks to reach, serve and engage all Stanford alumni and students; to foster a lifelong intellectual and emotional connection between the University and its graduates; and to provide the University with goodwill and support. Founded in 1892 by the University's first graduates, the Association aims to deliver the most effective alumni relations program anywhere in higher education.
I've come to learn that giving back to Stanford is its own reward and that the more I give and serve, the more Stanford enriches my life.
Go Cardinal!

POTUS Talks Conservation and Climate Change

President Barack Obama spoke at the 20th Anniversary of the Annual Lake Tahoe Summit about how new conservation efforts are integral to combating climate change as he unveiled new funds to fight wildfires on public lands and a strategy to ramp up private and philanthropic support for U.S. conservation.

Here are a few key quotes to take away from his remarks:

"The challenges of conservation and combating climate change are connected."

“Conservation is critical not just for one particular spot, one particular park, one particular lake. It’s critical for our entire ecosystem. And conservation is more than just putting up a plaque and calling something a park. We embrace conservation because healthy and diverse lands and waters help us build resilience to climate change. We do it to free more of our communities and plants and animals and species from wildfires, and droughts, and displacement. We do it because when most of the 4.5 million people who come to Lake Tahoe every year are tourists, economies like this one live or die by the health of our natural resources. We do it because places like this nurture and restore the soul. And we want to make sure that’s there for our kids, too.”

"No conflict between a healthy economy and a healthy planet."

“We’ve proven that the choice between our environment, our economy, and our health is a false one. We‘ve got to strengthen all of them together."

Marine National Monument Expansion

White House Press Release 8/26/2016:

On Friday, President Obama will expand the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument off the coast of Hawaii, creating the world’s largest marine protected area. Building on the United States’ global leadership in marine conservation, today’s designation will more than quadruple the size of the existing marine monument, permanently protecting pristine coral reefs, deep sea marine habitats, and important ecological resources in the waters of the Northwest Hawaiian Islands. 

Following this historic conservation action, the President will travel to Hawaii next week. On Wednesday evening, he will address leaders from the Pacific Island Conference of Leaders and the IUCN World Conservation Congress, which is being hosted in the United States for the first time. On Thursday, he will travel to Midway Atoll, located within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, to mark the significance of this monument designation and highlight first-hand how the threat of climate change makes protecting our public lands and waters more important than ever. 

The monument was originally created in 2006 by President George W. Bush and designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010.  Since that time, new scientific exploration and research has revealed new species and deep sea habitats as well as important ecological connections between the existing monument and the adjacent waters. Today’s designation will expand the existing Marine National Monument by 442,781 square miles, bringing the total protected area of the expanded monument to 582,578 square miles.

The expansion provides critical protections for more than 7,000 marine species, including whales and sea turtles listed under the Endangered Species Act and the longest-living marine species in the world — black coral, which have been found to live longer than 4,500 years. Additionally, as ocean acidification, warming, and other impacts of climate change threaten marine ecosystems, expanding the monument will improve ocean resilience, help the region’s distinct physical and biological resources adapt, and create a natural laboratory that will allow scientists to monitor and explore the impacts of climate change on these fragile ecosystems.

The expanded monument area also contains resources of great historical and cultural significance. The expanded area, including the archipelago and its adjacent waters, is considered a sacred place for the Native Hawaiian community. It plays a significant role in Native Hawaiian creation and settlement stories, and is used to practice important activities like traditional long-distance voyaging and wayfinding. Additionally, within the monument expansion area, there are shipwrecks and downed aircraft from the Battle of Midway in World War II, a battle that marked a major shift in the progress of the war in favor of the Allies.

All commercial resource extraction activities, including commercial fishing and any future mineral extraction, are prohibited in the expansion area, as they are within the boundaries of the existing monument. Noncommercial fishing, such as recreational fishing and the removal of fish and other resources for Native Hawaiian cultural practices, is allowed in the expansion area by permit, as is scientific research.

In recognition of the value of Papahānaumokuākea to Native Hawaiians, and in keeping with President Obama’s commitment to elevating the voices of Native peoples in management of our resources, Secretary of the Interior Jewell and Secretary of Commerce Pritzker also announced that the Departments will soon sign an agreement with Hawaii’s Department of Natural Resources and Office of Hawaiian Affairs providing for a greater management role as a trustee in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.  This arrangement has been previously requested by Senator Brian Schatz and Governor Ige.

Today’s action by President Obama responds to a proposal put forward by Senator Schatz and prominent Native Hawaiian leaders, in addition to significant input and local support from Hawaii elected officials, cultural groups, conservation organizations, scientists and fishermen.  This step also builds on a rich tradition of marine protection in Hawaiian waters and world-class, well managed fisheries, including a longline fishing fleet that is a global leader in sustainable practices. 

In addition to protecting more land and water than any Administration in history, President Obama has sought to lead the world in marine conservation by combating illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing, revitalizing the process for establishing new marine sanctuaries, establishing the National Ocean Policy, and promoting ocean stewardship through the use of science- based decision making.


Happy Birthday National Park Service!


Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

This week, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, President Obama designated the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument encompassing awe-inspiring mountain, forests and waters of north-central Maine

Tribal Leader Advocates for Public Lands

For James Holt, Nez Perce tribal member, #OurWild is his homeland. "People need those places. They need open spaces. We can't let it get shut off." Join the movement to protect #OurWild from privatization at

For additional information and expert resources on the public lands takeover please go to WILDERNESS.ORG.


CA Coastal National Monument Expansion

Today, we have the opportunity to add 6,200 acres to California Coastal National Monument, providing lasting protections to some of the California coast’s most exquisite coastal gems—and making more of the monument accessible to more people than ever.

If the California Coastal National Monument Expansion Act is passed, these incredible coastal views, rolling grasslands, lush redwood forests and live oak groves—just outside of Santa Cruz and an hour’s drive from the Bay Area—would be open for all to enjoy.

Let’s give the California Coast the protection it deserves. Ask President Obama to expand the California Coastal National Monument now.


Time to Protect Bears Ears

In the southeast corner of Utah, the region known as “Bears Ears” covers nearly 2 million acres of dramatic mesas, canyons and arches (and the namesake sandstone-fringed buttes).

With more than 100,000 Native American archaeological and cultural sites, Bears Ears provides a unique connection to the ancient world. Perhaps nowhere in the United States are so many well-preserved cultural resources found within such a striking and relatively undeveloped natural landscape.

In July of 2015, leaders from five Tribes founded the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, representing a historic consortium of sovereign tribal nations united in the effort to conserve the Bears Ears cultural landscape. The five nations are committed to working together. A total of 26 Tribes have expressed support for protecting the Bear Ears region for future generations of Americans. Native American peoples are also seeking active engagement in future management of the area.

The members of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition are:

This vast stretch of wildland is arguably one of the most culturally significant places in the country, and one of the least protected. The rock art etched and painted into the steep-walled canyons and the ruins, kivas, and other artifacts—that still exist in their original context—don’t just tell a story of the ancient world, they also contribute to what makes Bears Ears a sacred place for Native American tribes to this day.

Despite its irreplaceable value, Bears Ears is under attack—threatened by looting, vandalism and development. Some politicians in Utah see this remarkable landscape as just a place to exploit, which could destroy a physical chronicle of millions of years of natural and human history.

Please ask President Obama to #ProtectBearsEarsNow

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