1960

Arrived!

Born in Oakland, California.

1972-1973

Lived in Izmir, Turkey.

My father was on sabbatical from Oakland Public Schools and was teaching English at a girls’ school.
 

1979-1981

Education

Attended Sarah Lawrence College, studying creative writing.

1982

Bicycling for Peace

Bicycled across the country to promote disarmament with five friends.

1984-1989

First job - hooked on fundraising

Worked as fundraiser for Scattergood Friends School in Iowa. My first face to face solicitation ($100,000) got me hooked on fundraising. First capital campaign (for me and the school).

1989-2007

Fundraising Continued

More fundraising jobs at Pendle Hill (a Quaker retreat center in Pennsylvania), The Wilderness Society, and the ACLU, all focused on face to face cultivation and solicitation.

2002-2008

BA in English

Attended University of Maryland, one course at a time. BA with a major in English.

2008

Consulting

Established Jump Start Growth, Inc. as a consulting firm focused on major gifts fundraising

2012

A Poet Again

Returned to writing poetry after a 25 year hiatus.

2015

Poems First Published

In the Columbia Journal. Read them here.

2018

First Book Published

Why ice cream trucks play Christmas songs.

Read more here. Purchase here.

2019

Certified Coach

Certified as a coach by the International Coaching Federation.