Current Event

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The Career of Your Dreams
Even in 2020!

We’re in a new world for nonprofit leadership and fundraising. Is your head spinning? Have you lost your job? Or do you want to make a change, need to revisit your career plan or want to make sure your plan is still relevant—and need some expert advice? This is the session for you.
We are thrilled to have Victoria Silverman, founder and CEO of Cook Silverman Search. They are the leading search firm for nonprofit positions. How do you work with or approach a search firm? What qualities will make you stand out as a candidate – in the resume review stage and the interviews. When do you bring in a search firm for your organization? Who’s getting hired today? What are the skills and qualities you should be building to stay relevant and successful in non-profit leadership? Bring your questions, your strengths and your weaknesses. We’re going to focus on building your career and organization. 


Victoria Silverman is the Managing Founder and CEO of Cook Silverman Search. Throughout her career, Victoria has worked in senior fundraising, advancement and management positions in higher education, arts, biotech, and environment sectors at Stanford University, Washington University in St. Louis, the University of California, the American Film Institute, the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, and the Buck Institute for Age Research, among others. She has worked with heads of state, CEOs of major corporations, scientists, Hollywood celebrities, and leaders of industry.
Victoria is currently President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Golden Gate Chapter. and a member of the Silicon Valley, Greater Los Angeles, Wine Country and Oregon & S.W. Washington chapters. She is a member of Development Executives Roundtable, and Northern California Planned Giving Council and the Network for Nonprofit Search Consultants.
Victoria is an avid hiker and enjoys the beautiful Marin hills. She is a classically trained musician, former dancer and proud mother of two amazing young women.

Registration is required for this FREE webinar
Registration closes Tuesday, September 22 at Noon
Zoom details will be emailed on September 22

Thank you to our chapter sponsors
Tony Crab, Board member, CTE Foundation

Pat Callahan

2020 Upcoming Events
Wednesday, October 28
Wednesday, November 18
December - Holiday Reception 

Building an Inclusive Nonprofit Community
in Sonoma County



Cultural competence is the ability to understand, communicate with and effectively interact with people across cultures. Let’s have a discussion of leadership that is beyond measuring diversity. What do we, as nonprofit leaders, do to make our organizations more culturally competent, welcoming to people of color and to cultural differences in our donors, leaders, volunteers?

We will hear from three powerful Sonoma County leaders – their story, their advice and their messages on how we grow as a community to provide opportunities for all residents. We’ll take time to identify how we, as nonprofit leaders, build cultural competence and confidence in our organizations and communities.


Dr. Frank Chong
Superintendent/President of Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC)

Under his leadership, Measure H, the $410 million bond to support SRJC technology and facilities, passed in 2014 and in 2015, SRJC also received full accreditation. Dr. Chong was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. under Secretary Arne Duncan. He has served as President of Laney College (Oakland) and Mission College (Santa Clara), and as Special Assistant to Willie Brown, Speaker of the California Assembly.

Sheba Person-Whitley
Executive Director, Sonoma County Economic Development Board

In her role at EDB, Sheba has led the efforts to provide support and meet the needs of small business in Sonoma County during fires and COVID-19. This includes responding and supporting the many Latino businesses in our county. Providing small business support to many cultures, Sheba has an unique perspective on how we support each other and allow new leaders to come forward.

Sheba began her economic development career in 2008. Prior accepting the position with Sonoma County in 2019, Sheba served as the Economic Development Manager for the City of Stockton where she led the Economic Development team. Prior to moving to California, Sheba served as the Senior International Trade Manager for Louisiana Economic Development where she was responsible for redevelopment of the state’s export promotion & international trade program. Sheba led international trade missions to Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates.

Osvaldo “Ozzy” Jimenez
Business owner, Healdsburg City Council

Osvaldo Jimenez and his life-partner Christian Sullberg are the founders and owners of Moustache Baked Goods in Healdsburg and Noble Folk Ice Cream & Pie in Healdsburg and Santa Rosa. Ozzy is first in line to serve his community of Sonoma County and has proven himself to be a leader focused on the needs of all and bringing advocacy for our most marginalized & underserved. 

He and Christian are strong advocates for Positive Images a 501c3 located in Santa Rosa, it is a mental health support organization for LGBTQIA+ youth. Ozzy serves as vice-chair for Healdsburg Forever, a community endowment and an affiliate of the Community Foundation Sonoma County. Healdsburg Forever provides grants to Healdsburg & Geyserville nonprofits. 

He is a fellow of the Stanford Latinx Entrepreneurship initiative, served as the Democratic Assembly Delegate for District 2 and was recently appointed to the Healdsburg City Council to fill the seat vacated by the Mayor’s resignation. He brings the perspective of a young entrepreneurial business owner, LGBTQIA+, and Latinx. Ozzy is passionate to bring new voices to leadership, “We want to empower people to engage, especially young people."

Screen_Shot_2020-06-11_at_1_33_47_PM.pngThank you to our chapter sponsor Ridgeview Financial Planning

2020 Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 23 – Victoria Silverman
Wednesday, October 28
Wednesday, November 18
December - Holiday Reception