With 16 years of global philanthropic fundraising experience helping design and execute strategies to increase global philanthropic support by engaging and connecting with individuals, companies, and foundations that share the goal of making the world a safer, healthier, and better place. I have worked at the nexus of humanities, science, human rights and environment with organizations such as the United Nations, His Holiness, the 14th Dali Lama, The University of Oxford, The University of Washington to name a few.
In all my roles, I spent most time networking with leaders, academic chairs and faculty, volunteers, and other staff to actively identify potential donors, to cultivate and nurture positive external relationships, and solicit major gifts that support funding initiatives. All this has given me a deep understanding and empathy for the values and importance of giving, and am motivated by attracting philanthropic support for the greater good.
My most life-changing moments came after meeting with His Holiness, the 14th Dali Lama in 2008 and working to expand Buddhist Studies at Oxford, creating collaboration in the study of Buddhism and science. Then in 20011-13 the continuation of this work through a collaboration with His Holiness’s Foundation and Buddhist organizations worldwide to find ways to promote Buddhism and Science and preserve the Tibetan Culture was an honour and a life-changing role for me.
I have spent the past 8 years as a Buddhist spiritual seeker, looking to promote compassion and mindfulness in all forms. For the past 45 years practising Lakota Sioux beliefs and now incorporate my Buddhism with them. I love having this role of Board Member and to share this with the world through my work at the Interfaith Enlightenment Center. Meditation, ceremony, breathing, and yoga are my passion.