Brenda Laribee is a senior fund development executive who caught the fundraising “bug” towards the end of her graduate school tenure, especially in relation to social justice. The AIDS epidemic was her first call to action, first volunteering with the AIDS Action Committee in Boston in the early 90s, then transferring her passion to ignite a career in the AIDS community in the Bay Area. While several organizations Brenda worked for have merged or run their course, Shanti Project and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation remain, and continue their important work to cultivate compassion in our community and end the AIDS epidemic.
Brenda continued to build her fund development career in the Bay Area, holding positions at the Sierra Club, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and St. Anthony Foundation before launching her own consultancy firm, where she has brought her expertise in individual leadership giving programs, capital campaigns, annual fund development strategic planning, relationship building, mentoring, interim management, and project management to nonprofits that work towards social justice, provide affordable and accessible health care and social services, fight for human rights, promote the arts, protect the environment, and so much more. Recent clients include La Cocina, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Blue Bear School of Music, National AIDS Memorial Grove, Transgender Law Center, California State Parks Foundation, Alameda County Community Food Bank, SFJAZZ, Access Institute, New Conservatory Theatre Center, Raphael House and Year Up Bay Area.
Brenda holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Simmons School of Management and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Hampshire. She is a long-standing member of the Development Executives Roundtable in the Bay Area, and has taught and/or participated in several classes at The Foundation Center, now part of Candid. She is a volunteer host and member of the Circle of Advisors at Bread & Roses where she has volunteered in various capacities for 25+ years, and recently served as chair of the Development Committee of the Board of Directors at Civicorps in Oakland.