Multi-faceted experience with executive management of organizations with almost 20 years of   experience. I have a proven track record of:  

  • strengthening and building key relationships

  • successful community outreach projects

  • fundraising activities with exceeding goals,

  • strategic planning and facilitation

  • organization development 

My dedication to success and vision would provide any organization with phenomenal results.  


Santa Clara University, Bachelors Degree in Science, Psychology




President, Board of Education Santa Clara Unified School District DeC. 2014-Dec. 2019 

  • Ensured that school district operations were in compliance with local, state and federal laws

  • Oversaw human resources system provided fair and objective hiring, promotion and evaluation.

  • Chaired and created sexual harassment committee and guidelines to ensure diversity of membership while leading the writing of a comprehensive sexual harassment policy

  • Served as a liaison between the district and community.

  • Served as the chief spokesperson for Board of Education and advocate for its mission and goals

  • Discussed and finalized budgets for the district on a yearly basis.

  • Monitored spending activity to ensure district was within budgetary guidelines 

  • Reviewed proposals submitted for new construction, school renovations and other major investments of district funds

  • Created Measure BB oversight committee to act as a fiscal watchdog to prevent misuse of funds and completion of new school projects 

  • Lead school district through vision and goals setting for the district through 2022

  • Adopted policies giving the district direction to set priorities and achieve its goals

  • Evaluated the superintendent

  • Managed the collective bargaining process for employees of the district


CEO, Hand in Hand Parenting - March 2018- June 2019

  • Collaborated with the Board, to revise and implementation of the current strategic plan and facilitate a strategic planning process to develop ambitious goals for the organization for 2019-2021.

  • Executed the strategic plan by creating an annual work plan and working with the Director of Operations to create a corresponding budget for Board review and adoption.

  • Facilitated the Board’s fulfillment of its governance responsibilities, including board-meeting agenda setting, fundraising on behalf of the organization, and identifying new Board members.

  • Worked with staff to identify opportunities for establishing new programs, events, and locations to expand the organization’s reach.

  • Created new parent club opportunities, double membership monthly for 6 months and grow earned income revenue streams to support expenses of club and created profit. 

  • Identified and cultivated relationships with foundation, government, corporate and individual donors to develop a strong fundraising pipeline and donor base.

  • Built a strong culture of philanthropy within the organization, in which Board and staff serve as ambassadors and engage in relationship building. 

  • Built systems and events to support and inform donors.

  • Oversaw human resources, including recruiting, hiring, performance management and professional development, and compliance.

  • Defined organizational and staff goals and performance expectations, provide guidance, and conduct regular performance evaluations.

  • Ensured that the organization operates in compliance with all statutes governing a 501(c)(3) organization, including appropriate insurance coverage.

  • Oversaw internal accounting controls and financial practices to ensure fiscally sound and accurate accounting, record keeping, and reporting systems.

  • Provided strong fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintains a positive financial position.

  • Served as the chief spokesperson for Hand in Hand Parenting and advocate for its mission and goals.

  • Oversaw communication of the organization’s vision of positive social change through supported and informed parenting to the public, prospective donors, and Hand in Hand Parenting supporters and community.

  • Explored and build relationships with public, private, and nonprofit stakeholders to realize new partnerships.


President/CEO, Living Classroom, September 2016 - December 2017

  • Worked with the Board to create fiscal and board policies, develop a strategic plan, goals, and objectives, and then operationalize the strategy. 

  • Represented Living Classroom, with strategic partners and stakeholders, act as chief spokesperson.

  • Led the local and national expansion of programs to advance Living Classroom’ mission. 

  • Worked with the Board and Director of Development to foster reliable sources of income that will sustain the organization through the realization of its mission. 

  • Enhanced revenue from contributions and program fees by formulating, executing and targeting outreach, advocacy, marketing, branding, and development strategies. 

  • Created a comprehensive strategic fundraising plan to include revenue from multiple sources such as foundation and government grants, individual philanthropic giving, business partners, etc., ensuring a solid and diverse base of support. 

  • Facilitated positive and effective working relationships between the Board, staff, docents,
    volunteers, and organizational stakeholders. 

  • Oversaw digital marketing and communication strategies across a variety of outlets including social media channels.

  • Provided a positive working environment that motivates and encourages staff to participate fully in the mission of the organization. 

  • Provided financial oversight to ensure accurate financial reporting systems are in place;
    developed an annual budget and implemented a process to begin an audit

  • Ensured that sufficient
    technological systems and business infrastructure support programs, operations, and professional image. 

  • Maintained official records and documents, and ensure compliance with all relevant legal and fiscal practices (federal, state and local regulations) of a non-profit corporation. 

  • Managed all day-to-day operations including facilities management. 

  • Created marketing and communications plans to effectively promote programs, events, and
    collaborative efforts, and to further the organization’s mission through well-designed advertising and branding. 

Director, Business Development & Special Events - San Jose Jazz, April 2013 - Feb 2016

  • Created a strategic road map that increased corporate support by 20% in consecutive fiscal years developing new corporate relationships with Paypal, YP, Greenberg Traurig, to name a few.

  • Secured corporate and event sponsors for the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest’s Mayor’s Jazz brunch while increasing attendance by 50% in 2015.  

  • Developed unique multitiered audience engagement strategy which lead to an increase of financial support of 33% for Kaiser Permanente.

  • Campaign Director for yearly Annual Fundraiser. Doubled corporate giving and individual giving while implementing new out of the box event.

  • Nurtured existing relationships to create meaningful activations securing 98% renewal rate.

  • Designed, implemented and managed VIP area which lead to an increase of sales 150%

  • Secured grants of over $250,000, to support year round music education and live music performance

  • Revitalized yearly gala increasing participating by 25% and profit by 50% raising $80,000 

  • Responsible for budget management of Development, VIP and yearly gala budget

  • Strengthened relationships with Local, County, State and Federal elected officials to build a coalition of community leaders for increased advocacy in Music Education.

  • Cultivated government relationships with local municipalities to increase corporate partnerships, government involvement and community buy in. 


Manager, Development - Cinequest, December 2012 - April 2013

  • Designed, implemented and managed new online contributor program that within the first 24 hours raised $5,000

  • Developed new strategic plan to increase business sponsorship. 

  • Created tracking grids to manage 150 unique sponsors and their festival marketing amenities executions. 

  • Produced new sponsor benefit packages to increase new sponsorship by 10% in less than 60 days while nurturing and enhancing current sponsorship relationships while securing several last minute sponsors to enhance events, VIP Lounge and overall festival.

  • Managed implementation of new ticketing system and distribution of sponsor passes.

  • Researched and applied for grants to support the Picture the Possibilities program.

  • Directed pre-festival installations of sponsorship benefits to ensure world class execution. 

  • Managed day to day operations of the Cinequest Film Festival to ensure that sponsor amenities were fulfilled.

  • Met with sponsors, filmmakers, contributors and VIP guests during the festival to assure satisfaction in all areas of the festival and secure their return. 

  • Designed, implemented and managed VIP Lounge daily schedule and managed VIP Lounge hospitality team. 

  • Assisted in management of events team to guarantee smooth set up and execution for events. 

  • Assisted in expediting special permits for last minute changes in events locations. 

  • Created and managed sponsor thank you letters and sponsor thank you packages. 


Regional Director, California Consulting, May 2012 - APRIL 2013

  • Managed all logistic and strategic decisions for my geographic area

  • Created, maintained and expanded a client base by building and maintaining relationships with key clients, elected officials, city managers and superintendents throughout the area.

  • Accomplish task and goals in a timely fashion with a high success rate.

  • Attended key high profile events to represent California Consulting.

  • Created presentation to present at city council and school board meetings.

  • Created monthly grant reports for each client. 

  • Maintained current client base with weekly phone check in and monthly in person visits

  • Managed grant writers relationship with client.

  • Located and open a bay area office


Senior Field Representative - California State Assembly, January 2009 - May, 2012

  • Liaison between the Assemblymember and the community in portions or all of the Cities of Santa Clara, Mountain View, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, and San Jose

  • Assigned issue areas include K-12 education, higher education, public safety, and human services 

  • Developed, maintained, and enhanced relationships between businesses, organizations, communities, opinion leaders, and constituents in and around Assembly District 22

  • Collaborated and developed outreach programs to raise awareness and enhance dialogues between our office and key stakeholders in my assigned issue areas

  • Created and developed community outreach programs from inception to end

  • Managed a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service project that turned out 165 volunteers in a heavy rain to restore natural parkland in Santa Clara

  • Assisted in the development of new legislation


Program Manager - 2012 Project, January 2011 - March 2011

  • Managed key relationships with hundreds of professionals organizations

  • Managed all keynote speakers 

  • Created and prepared 2012 presentation for webinar presentations and in person presentation

  • Managed all details from beginning to end for each Keynote speaker for each event

  • Developed and implemented google docs strategy for organization


Field Director - John Laird for State Senate 2010, May 2010 - Aug. 2010

  • Managed all logistic and strategic decisions for my geographic area

  • Secured all office space and materials in just under three days 

  • Secured 75% of Mr. Laird’s endorsements in just under two days

  • Managed all fundraising events and activities in our area (raised over $50,000)

  • Managed staff and volunteers who contacted over 50,000 voters in 6 weeks (25,000 on the final weekend of the campaign)

  • Merged campaign teams from the South Bay Labor Council and our office under one
    management system

  • Handled all press inquiries (community, local, national, and ethnic) and events 


Previous Experience


Democratic Activists for Women Now (DAWN), President Jan 2007 - Jan 2012, Board Member Jan 2007 - Jan 2009

Spokesperson representing and speaking publicly about the organization; build relationships with elected officials, community leaders, businesses, individuals, and other organizations; raise money to support endorsed candidates and issues.


Paul Fong for State Assembly, February 2008 - November 2008

Promoted Mr. Fong in the local community and shaped his message; consulted on education policy and community needs; secured public and financial support of key community figures; worked with field director to secure over 100 volunteers for GOTV weekend; distributed 8,000 pieces of literature in two days and 6,000 door hangers over another two days.


Next Vista for Learning Advisory Board, March 2007 - November 2014

Discussed organizational vision with potential users and contributors while serving as a support system for them technologically, publicly, and financially (through fundraising).


Santa Clara Schools Foundation Board of Directors, 2005 - 2010

Appointed by the Superintendent; helped them focus on taking the next steps in fundraising, and helped them create a new vision for the organization; gained the trust of the established board and helped develop a new road-map for the future; helped initiate the Annual Campaign for the Santa Clara Schools Foundation, which raised $50,000; designed and developed the organization’s first website.


Santa Clara Unified School District, Wellness Committee, 2005 - 2012

Assist in creating new policies and act as an advocate for student health.


Bracher Elementary School PTA, President, June 2004 - June 2006

Rebuilt communication between parents, teachers and administration; built volunteer base from 20 parents to just over 75; increased profits by 25%.


Other Experience

  • Mission College (Santa Clara, CA), Co-Professor, Fall Semester 2004 

  • Santa Clara University Psychology Club, Founder and President, 2002 to 2004

  • Bracher Elementary School PTA, Vice President, June 2002 to June 2003 

  • Co-Organizer, "Walk for Education", 2003 

  • YWCA Mid-Peninsula, Rape Crisis Counselor, 2002

  • NARUS (Palo Alto, CA), Executive Assistant, January 2001 to July 2001 

  • Cephren (Palo Alto, CA), Executive Assistant, February 2001 to October 2000

  • (Sunnyvale, CA), Executive Assistant & Project Manager, May 1999 - Jan. 2000 

  • Xilinx, Inc., Production Planner & Administrative Assistant, March 1997 to May 1999



Social Media, Computer-literate with extensive software proficiency covering a wide variety of applications and platforms, analytical thinking with a talent for identifying, scrutinizing, improving and streamlining complex work processes and a confident, hard-working employee who is committed to achieving excellence.

  • capacity building, 

  • budget management

  • policy development and analysis 

  • advocacy work 

  • constituency building.

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