The Board Member Journey (PEAK SoCal)

Have you wondered what it is like to serve on a nonprofit board of directors? Do you have questions such as, Which non-profit board should I serve on? What are the requirements of board membership? and How can I be part of changing culture?

Watch this conversation with three grants management professionals who are also actively engaged as nonprofit board members. During the session, speakers provided insight on how they navigate the unique challenges of their positions while also serving the community.

Original air date: October 27, 2020

Allison Gister

Director, Grants and Knowledge Management

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Allison Gister leads the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s grants management team, overseeing systems and applying best practices for effective, efficient, and knowledgeable grantmaking that aligns with Foundation requirements and complies with IRS regulations. She also partners with leadership and others to further develop an innovative knowledge management strategy to foster learning, communication, and decision making.

Prior to joining the foundation, Gister spent more than eight years at the Annenberg Foundation, most recently serving as grants manager, where she also provided programmatic support to members of the board of directors. Gister earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Washington University in St. Louis, and is currently pursuing a master’s of science in social entrepreneurship degree at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.

Amber Lopez Gamble

​Director of Grants Management

The California Wellness Foundation

Elizabeth Tabita

​Director of Grant Operations

The California Endowment

Grants Management Professional Competency Model

Cross-Cutting Competencies

  • Staff and Volunteer Development: Build the capacity of staff and volunteers to be successful in their grantmaking role.
  • Strategic Management: Promote organizational mission and goals and inspire colleagues to achieve them.

Principles for Peak Grantmaking

Learn, Share, Evolve - Contribute to building sector-wide knowledge and seek wisdom from others pursuing change and impact. 


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