News & Updates

DER Member Spotlight  – Dr. LizaDawn Aduviso, Director of Development at California State University, East Bay

With 20 years of development experience, Dr. LizaDawn Aduviso is sharpening the focus on diversity, equity, and access in regard to leadership roles in the nonprofit sector. Dr. Aduviso currently works as Director of Development at California State University East Bay, where she advances the university’s mission to provide academically rich, culturally relevant, and socially […]

DER Member Spotlight – Monica Nuñez, Director of Development, New Door Ventures

As Director of Development at New Door Ventures, Monica Nuñez leads a team of three development staff and works closely with the Board fundraising committees and CEO to implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy. Monica previously served as Assistant Director of California Clubhouse in San Mateo County. In 2022, she transitioned fully to development work, first […]

DER Member Spotlight – Ryan Hazelton, Executive Director, Mariposa Kids

As the Executive Director at Mariposa Kids, Ryan Hazelton oversees all of the administrative and development functions of the organization from HR to board management and organizational strategy to fundraising. Mariposa Kids is an out-of-school time program providing children ages 5-11 with after-school programming and summer camps in the Mission District of San Francisco. Ryan […]

DER Member Spotlight:  Suzanne Alberga, Development and Communications Director, Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center

Suzanne Alberga leads the development and communications initiatives at Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center. Renaissance’s mission is to empower and increase the entrepreneurial capacities of socially and economically diverse women and men, thereby strengthening communities by creating sustainable new businesses, jobs, and financial self-sufficiency. She declares, “I absolutely love the mission and getting to meet the clients, […]

DER Member Spotlight:  Alison Murphy-Bernet, Director of Development, San Francisco Girls Chorus

In May 2023, Alison Murphy-Bernet will celebrate five years with San Francisco Girls Chorus (SFGC). SFGC is an arts education nonprofit that serves over 350 brilliant young singers ages 4-18 each year. Alongside guest artists and composers, SFGC choristers participate in rehearsals and performances, gaining the skills they need to succeed on stage and in life. […]

DER Spotlight: Lisa Radler, Associate Director, Annual Fund at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation

As the Associate Director of the Annual Fund at The San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Lisa sets the vision and strategy for their annual giving program, which includes overseeing all the direct response channels – direct mail, email, social media, and the website, among other duties. The Foundation is a community-based organization that promotes health, wellness, […]

DER’s New Job Posting Policy

The DER Board recently reviewed its job posting policy and has made a change to better align with our goals to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our new policy is in effect as of June 1, 2022. The new policy will require that groups posting a job provide the salary information. Pay transparency has been shown to […]

DER Spotlight: Melanie Hamburger, Instructor and Consultant

For over 30 years Melanie Hamburger has worked in staff and consulting roles focused on helping mostly small nonprofits grow sustainable revenue.  She has helped raise over $10M for racial, social, and economic justice, health equity, and the environment in the Bay Area and nationwide. Major donor fundraising is her favorite, “There’s just nothing like […]

Member Spotlight: Erin Branagan, Communications & Development Director at the Center for the Art of Translation

Erin Branagan is the Communications & Development Director at the Center for the Art of Translation, a San Francisco-based organization that champions literary translation and builds understanding across culture and language through their award-winning small press, events with international authors, and translators, and poetry and translation school curriculum. However, she didn’t begin her tenure at […]

2022 DER Rates

The DER board is excited to announce that starting February 1, 2022, DER will launch three Membership types to better meet our community’s needs. The membership types that will be available are as follows: Professional Membership – $110 per year: This new membership is for consultants, employees of consulting firms, staffing and professional search firms, and other […]

Member Spotlight: Karolo Aparicio, Annual Giving Officer, San Francisco Foundation

While working on the program team at Global Exchange nearly 20 years ago, Karolo got his first taste of fundraising by watching the director of major gifts in action at a fundraising event. He was impressed saying, “She knew everyone by name. Struck up conversations. Before the event, she had prepped the staff and everyone […]

DER Member Spotlight: Sonja Fitz, Director of Development & Marketing for Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS),

Sonja Fitz is the Director of Development & Marketing for Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS), the organization where she has worked for her entire nonprofit career.  BOSS was established in 1971 in Alameda County and strives to end mass homelessness, mass incarceration, and community violence. In the mid-1990s, Sonja was studying English Lit at UC […]

DER Member Profile: Rachel Loud, Associate Director of Development and Alumni Affairs, Presidio Graduate School

Rachel started her career as an “biology and environmental science nerd” and educator which led her to work at NatureBridge in the Marin Headlands, teaching and providing children with new experiences in the natural world. While at a fundraising gala, her supervisor suggested she consider work in development.  “After learning what development was and realizing […]

DER Member Spotlight: Melissa Perez, Senior Consultant, Glavin Jacobson

While working at AT&T, Melissa coordinated the March of Dimes and United Way campaigns for her business unit, reaching thousands of employees.  Realizing she wanted a more fulfilling career, she began to take classes at Jewish Vocational Services which helped her transition from a for-profit to a nonprofit career. Although officially working in development for […]

Member Spotlight: Melissa Irish, Managing Associate of Partnership Resources Group

Melissa Irish is the Managing Associate of Partnership Resources Group (PRG) a northern-California based fundraising consulting firm. She and the founder, Elliot Levin, share responsibility for running the firm and delivering high value through capital, endowment and major gift projects. Melissa started her nonprofit career nearly 30 years ago after a year of volunteering in […]

Member Spotlight: Dharna Obermaier, Director of Philanthropy, Save the Children

Dharna Obermaier joined Save the Children as Director of Philanthropy in February 2020, after a 5-year tenure at CARE USA. Save the Children is the world’s leading humanitarian organization for children, dedicated to giving kids in the US and around the world a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn, and protection from harm. […]

Member Spotlight: Laura Bergman, Network Engagement, Candid

Laura Bergman is on the Network Programs team at Candid that provides resources, training, and data to nonprofits to enable them to work more effectively.  She started as an Online Librarian and began teaching classes on the Foundation Directory Online, their online database for nonprofits seeking institutional funding.  She currently works with a team that […]

DAF Transparency Bill AB 2926 Killed by California Senate Judiciary Committee

On July 23, 2020, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, held in committee a bill, critically important to nonprofits, which had already passed in the Assembly. This unwelcome move prevented it from being heard in the State Senate and effectively killed it for 2020. AB 2936 is designed to bring modest […]

Member spotlight: Lisa Handley, Development Director for St. Vincent de Paul of San Francisco

Lisa Handley is the Development Director for St. Vincent de Paul of San Francisco, overseeing development, communications and marketing operations.  SVDP runs homeless shelters and domestic violence housing in the City, including contracting with the City of San Francisco to operate some of its largest 24-hr shelters, Navigation Centers and wrap-around services. About her work […]

DER COVID-19 Survey Results

If you’re feeling stressed, stretched, and exhausted right now, you’re not alone. See the full results of the May 2020 Development Executives Roundtable COVID-19 Survey here, or read the summary below. HOW HAS YOUR WORK CHANGED? Our DER COVID-19 survey shows how you are adapting to changing conditions, with more than 80% saying they are […]

Member Spotlight: Paul Blaney, Manager of Individual Giving for LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Paul Blaney is the Manager of Individual Giving for LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, working with a five-person Development team, who is responsible for acquisition, cultivation and stewardship of a broad-based portfolio of major donors.  LightHouse provides education, training, advocacy, and community for blind individuals in California and around the world. Founded and […]

Member Spotlight: Valerie Schutz, Sr. Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Cal State East Bay

Valerie Schutz is the Sr. Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Cal State East Bay, where she’s worked for three years.  Her job is focused on raising philanthropic support from private foundations and corporations for priority projects and programs across their Hayward and Concord campuses.  She collaborates with fundraising and development colleagues, as well […]

Member Spotlight: Shaké Sulikyan, Executive Director, ValleyCare Charitable Foundation

For more than two decades, Shaké Sulikyan has worked in nonprofits.  She started in the finance office of an organization that was just beginning its fundraising efforts and because Shaké was interested in development, she decided to take this role on top of her regular responsibilities.  “The organization was unable to create a full-time position […]

Member Spotlight: Lisa Hoffman – Coach, Consultant, Zen Priest

Lisa Hoffman is a solo-practitioner coach, consultant, facilitator, and trainer to nonprofit boards and staff (  She is also an ordained Zen priest.  This may be a unique combination, but she has found that the practices of mindfulness, compassion, and inter-connectedness help enormously when working with people and groups to navigate situations that are often […]

Member Spotlight: Patrick Heryford, Director of Development, Corporate, Goodwill of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin

Patrick Heryford passed away on October 16, 2020. Patrick joined the fundraising profession in 1996 and worked for a broad variety of causes, most recently at Goodwill San Francisco. He began volunteering with DER in 2011, eventually serving as President of the Board from 2015 to 2016.  During his leadership, DER rebranded and began work […]

Advocacy: DER & AFP AB 1712 Letter

November 4, 2019 The Honorable Mark Stone,  Chair Assembly, Judiciary Committee 1020 N Street, Room 104 Sacramento, CA, 95814 Re: Assembly Bill 1712 (Wicks) Donor Advised Funds- SUPPORT Dear Chairman Stone: Development Executives Roundtable and The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Golden Gate Chapter strongly support AB 1712 (Wicks), which requires organizations that sponsor donor […]

Member Spotlight: Brenda Laribee

Brenda Laribee, Senior Development Officer at the East Bay Community Foundation Brenda caught the “fundraising bug” towards the end of graduate school, after a career in corporate finance. The AIDS epidemic was her first call to action; she began volunteering with the AIDS Action Committee in Boston, then transferred her passion to ignite a career […]

Member Spotlight: Louise Yokoi

Louise Yokoi, Principal, Anchor & Seed Philanthropic Consulting Like most of us in development, Louise came to the nonprofit world through an interesting and circuitous path.  She started working in sales in the book publishing field, followed by a stint as an educator in public schools.  She then attended grad school in museum studies at […]

Member Spotlight: Gayle Roberts

Gayle Roberts, Chief Development Officer, Larkin Street Youth Services As head of development for the Bay Area’s largest nonprofit dedicated to ending youth homelessness, Gayle Roberts and her team of 10 fundraisers are responsible for raising $7.6 million annually for Larkin Street Youth Services.  She is also part of a team responsible for a three-year […]

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