Michael Kawalek, CFRE
Chief Philanthropy Officer
Sempervirens FundPronouns: He/Him
Michael Kawalek, CFRE, is the Chief Philanthropy Officer for Sempervirens Fund, an environmental organization located in Los Altos, California.
In 1983, Michael began his career in non-profit organizations working for the San Francisco based PBS station, KQED. During his seven-year tenure, he was initially responsible for TV and radio pledge drives, raising over 16 million dollars a year, and then managing KQED's volunteer force of 1400 individuals.
With his solid background in non-profit fundraising and management, Michael joined the San Francisco Zoological Society as their Membership Director. In 1994, after surpassing the zoo's previous revenue records, Michael went on to manage all membership fundraising and ticketing operations for the Oakland Museum of California.
In 2006 he accepted a position with Hemophilia Foundation of Northern California as the Chief Administrative Officer and spent three years working closely with the Board of Directors managing all aspects of the Foundation's operations and public programs for California residents with Hemophilia.
Michael was ready for a new challenge in 2010 and transitioned into environmental fundraising. As the Director of Development and Finance for Oakland-based Bay Area Wilderness Training, he was responsible for all aspects of fundraising and financial management. During his tenure, he increased fundraising thirty percent and achieved the first balanced budget in its recent history. Currently, Michael works as the Chief Philanthropy Officer at Sempervirens Fund, California's oldest Land Trust, established in 1900 to permanently protect the Santa Cruz Mountains' redwood forests.