I was born in New Mexico, and spent most of my adult life elsewhere. I’m delighted to be back among the wide-open skies, glorious sunsets, monsoons, and green chiles. I’m also delighted to share what I’ve gleaned from 27 years in the nonprofit world by doing consulting work with the Nonprofit Resource Group..
I’ve been a staff member, volunteer, board member, and consultant. I served as an Executive Director for a total of 21 years. As the Executive Director of Tucson Botanical Gardens , the Water Conservation Garden Authority, and Friends of the Water Conservation Garden, I reported to boards ranging in size from six to 23, and ranging in form from a public Joint Powers Authority to a traditional nonprofit to a Friends Group with governance responsibilities. I managed budgets of $250,000 to $1,000,000, conducted capital campaigns, and quintupled the staff size, budget, and exhibits of public gardens. I also participated in annual budget development and the formulation of numerous strategic plans, some of them more useful than others. All of this gives me a perspective on most of the activities of a successful nonprofit. Having served on the board end of several groups, most of which had very few staff members, I am well aware of concerns of engaged board members. Finally, having consulted with diverse nonprofits, from helping set up a private foundation, to forming a Friends’ Group for a domestic violence shelter, to doing several museum assessments, to doing organizational and fundraising assessments for cultural and environmental groups, I’ve shepherded new and more established organizations through key transition points.
All of this means, practically, that I’m happy to help with general organizational assessments, strategic plans, nonprofit set-up, Executive Director mentoring, short-term interim Executive Director work, governance issues, and board-staff relations. I am a part-time Silver City resident, but that hasn’t held me back from participating when and where I’m needed.
It is my great pleasure to contribute my expertise to people doing the increasingly important and difficult work of the nonprofit sector in New Mexico.