SAC Category: Leadership

Kristen has been with the Wildlife Conservation Society since March 2014, a dream job as a kid who loved wildlife. She held two roles before moving on up to Assistant Director, CRM. In this latest role, Kristen handles email marketing for fundraising and attendance driving efforts, Salesforce database management, and incentive fulfillment (who wants swag?) In 2013, she completed her Masters in Transnational Media and Globalisation at City University in London and before that, worked in the media analysis space for four years. Outside of work she enjoys playing soccer, listening to Kylie Minogue, and eating ice cream.

Danielle ‘Dani’ Faulkner is theDirector of Development at Baltimore Corps where she cultivates relationships to ensure they are managed and lead to funding opportunities. While working on her BA in theatre arts with a concentration in playwriting, she worked for the Maryland Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar (HOBY MD). As an alum of the program, Danielle knows firsthand the power of volunteerism and fundraising. During her 10 years with HOBY MD, she served on their corporate board and spearheaded the creation of their alumni association. Years later, she was chosen as an Urban Arts Leadership Fellow through the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. Her first grant proposal provided 30 arts enriched programs to schools that would typically not have the funding to have an arts program. As a development fellow, she discovered that a lot of creative artists were lacking the resources and monies to find sustainable funding to produce their work. It was then that she decided to launch her own freelance grant writing service called GirlWright. GirlWright provides comprehensive grant writing, grant source research and proposal editing services for artists and nonprofit organizations in Baltimore City. When she is not working, she can be found crocheting and spending time with her boyfriend and her cat named Homer. You can find Dani on Twitter @girlwright86 or through her website www.girlwright.com.

Brian Rodriguez has worked in the nonprofit field for 13 years. He is currently the Technology & Facilities Director at West Texas Opportunities, Inc. in Lamesa, TX. In his role he is provides leadership for the continued development of an innovative, robust, and secure information technology environment throughout the organization for approximately 175 employees and 22 locations. Brian received his Nonprofit Technology Certificate from NTEN in February 2019. Prior to working for West Texas Opportunities, Brian was a Corporate Trainer for a major technology company.

Sarah Boison is the Director of Digital Strategy at the Communities In Schools National Office based in Arlington, VA. In her role, she leads development of the web, social, email, and affiliate engagement strategies for national and fundraising campaigns, events and projects. With nearly a decade of experience leading digital communications in the nonprofit sector, Sarah believes in cultivating strong and highly-engaged online communities around social issues and causes. She has an eye for enhancing the user experience through owned, shared, and paid media platforms. Sarah enjoys increasing conversations around powerful and dynamic issues that directly impact young people of color, students with disabilities, low-income rural, urban and suburban communities and the caring adults that work tirelessly each and every day to break down the institutional and systemic barriers that prevent students from receiving a high-quality education and having a fulfilling life. Sarah is a native Marylander and she currently resides in the Bowie, MD area. She received her bachelor’s degree in Public Communications from American University and a master’s degree in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from Georgetown University. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys binging Netflix movies and shows, going to concerts, and spending time with her loved ones.

Dar is the Director of Information Systems & Technology for Urban Teachers. She originally started out in international conflict resolution working in Sweden after undergraduate school, and then left grad school to join a women’s collective whole grain bakery for several years. She spent some time after that playing in the mud with pigs at an animal sanctuary and then veered into IT, where she’s been for over 20 years. She started out in IT working at non-profits and then moved into the corporate world. More recently, Dar has come full circle back to the non-profit world that she missed and works at mission-driven nonprofits focused on civil rights, poverty & education. When not doing things in IT, she can be found out hiking, reading a good book. or spending time with her companion animals. And drinking coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.

Emilio Arocho operates at the intersection of technology, business strategy, and mission. For over a decade he has activated advocacy organizations and associations to do more with data and rapidly improve their business systems, often at tremendous cost savings. As a proud contributor to esteemed organizations including the Nonprofit Technology Network‎ (NTEN) and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Emilio strives to develop and support a nonprofit sector that is equitable, diverse, and empowered to make the world a better place. He currently serves as Director of Technology and Digital Services at the National Association for Healthcare Quality in Chicago, Illinois.

Drew McManus may run a web development company but don’t let that fool you into thinking he’s only a tech geek. He pairs that alongside 20+ years of global broad-based arts consulting experience. His expertise spans multiple sectors and is regularly quoted as a nonprofit industry expert in media outlets including The New York Times, Chronicle of Philanthropy, and NPR’s All Things Considered.