Janelle Cavanagh has spent her career following her life’s passion of advancing women’s rights and fundraising for several Bay Area non-profit organizations. These interests began more than 25 years ago when she taught English as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Thailand, raising money for agricultural projects. When Janelle returned to the United States, she earned a Master’s Degree in Social Welfare with an emphasis in Management and Planning from the University of California at Berkeley. Upon graduation, Janelle gained much of her fundraising experience at the United Way of the Bay Area where she oversaw a $36 million campaign and was appointed director of the major gifts division. In 2003, she became the Chief Development Officer for Girls Incorporated where she successfully completed a capital campaign and created a planned giving program, all to benefit low income girls in Alameda County. She later became the Executive Director of UC Press Foundation before starting her dream job as Western Regional Director at the Global Fund for Women.
Janelle’s tireless dedication to helping others also can be seen in her volunteer commitments. She was a Board Member at West Coast Children’s Clinic and currently sits on the board at Women’s Funding Network. She mentors budding fundraisers and is leading the fundraising efforts for an upcoming documentary on the Peace Corps. Janelle is particularly excited about her work as a co-founder of the UC Berkeley Certificate in Fundraising and Volunteer Management program to inspire and train those working in the fundraising profession. Janelle is the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Fundraiser award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Golden Gate Chapter.