Tim Whalen, Save The Redwoods League, Chief Development Officer
AFP Golden Gate President
Tim Whalen has over 20 years of fundraising leadership experience in the San Francisco Bay Area and a proven track record of creating and implementing comprehensive development programs and campaigns to achieve fundraising goals.
Recognized as a creative, dedicated team leader and a highly effective manager, Tim was most recently the Associate Director of Development at the San Francisco Symphony where he was responsible for the Symphony’s individual giving programs, raising over $23 million annually. Prior to the Symphony, Tim was the Senior Director of Development and Gift Planning a the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco where he conceived and implemented a $25 million endowment campaign, exceeding the campaign goal by raising a total of $31 million while significantly increasing the annual giving programs during the same period. Additionally, Tim has served in development leadership roles for Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, and KQED, San Francisco’s public television and radio station. Prior to his fundraising career, Tim was a Captain in the United States Army. Originally from the Black Hills of South Dakota, Tim received a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
“Ever since I arrived in the Golden State over two decades ago, I have been in awe of the redwoods which are emblematic of California’s natural beauty,” Tim said. ” As we gain new understandings of the redwoods and their benefits to mitigating the impacts of climate change, I’m even more inspired to help protect and restore the redwood forests.”
Elizabeth Seja Min, Facilitative Leader, Consultant and Executive Coach
Elizabeth Seja Min has over 20 years communicating with heart, raising capital, developing leaders, and creating cultures that bring out an organization's best. She's held executive roles in four nonprofits, and been consultant, coach and facilitator to 150+ projects. An early adopter of design thinking, accelerated learning and neuroscience-based communications, she's helped clients in 14 countries reliably apply these approaches, particularly in resource development and strategic communications, which is some of her favorite work.
In addition to working with AFP Golden Gate, Elizabeth is the year-around facilitator for the social enterprise New Day Films. She is also core faculty with Spring Strategies' international program Financial Resilience for Social Change, and executive coach for clients of the Women's Leadership Institute. She's among the first worldwide certified in Conversational Intelligence, and is a Certified Integral Coach. As a coach and consultant, she works with leaders and their teams across the rights and justice landscape.
Elizabeth cut her teeth guiding teams as a music director and conductor. At age 25, she co-founded and conducted a professional symphony orchestra, building the brand, leadership and business from the ground up. She went on to lead large jazz ensembles, mentor talented young vocalists, run a record label, have projects nominated for Grammy Awards, and receive honors for her skills in bringing unlikely partners together to create for the stage. In 2001, she had the important experience of serving as Secretariat for the U.S. NGO Coordinating Committee, working on the United Nations World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Xenophobia. This led to a decade as Senior Consultant to the Women’s Funding Network, where she worked with international teams of leaders on essential skills and products related to developing people, rights and resources.
Elizabeth serves as Board Vice President for Berkeley's venerable music house, The Freight and Salvage, and lives in Oakland, California.
Angi Roberts, CEO & Founder, The Association Office
AFP Administrative Director
Angi Roberts founded the Association Office in 1990, after many years of experience with AT&T, as a result of her personal experiences as a receiver of services provided to a non-profit organization that she had formed. She found a need for non-profit associations and organizations to find competent assistance and support services, at affordable pricing.
Since its founding over twenty-seven years ago, The Association Office has expanded its client base to include a variety of non-profit corporations and associations, covering a wide variety of industries from automotive to marketing, including companies in the area of green technologies, professional services, and more.
Specializing in business support services, the Association Office, under Angi's direction and management, ensures that small businesses, non-profit foundations and trade associations not only look organized, but are organized and efficiently operating. She is a resource for event planning, database maintenance, election management, budget monitoring, and other functions commonly required by non-profit Boards.
During much of her working life, Angi devoted her spare hours to the Girl Scouts of Santa Clara County. For 13 years, she served as a Girl Scout Leader for her daughter’s troop, which earned the Silver Award for assembling personal care packages for a local teen outreach group. For nearly five years, she served on the Girl Scout Service Unit Team and aided in the coordination activities relative to 50 active Girl Scout troops. She also started a successful preschool, which operated for over ten years with a waiting list. Now, as her children reach adulthood, she has time to fit in golf lessons with her husband and has recently learned that she plays a better game of golf with her eyes shut than open!