As Chief Executive Officer, Kerry Wood oversees all aspects of the Foundation's work. She joined the Foundation in 2018 as Chief Marketing & Donor Engagement Officer and oversaw all aspects of the Foundation's marketing and philanthropic engagement activities among key community stakeholders, donors, external partners, and professional advisors to assure a lasting source of funds for the benefit of the capital area.
Before joining the Foundation, Kerry was Director of Advancement for the Crocker Art Museum, where she generated nearly $25 million in revenue from public support and planned gifts. Prior to her role at the Crocker, Kerry was Vice President of Resource Development and Communications for the Foundation for California Community Colleges, where she directed the statewide organization’s resource development, marketing, and communication strategies and oversaw its fiscally-sponsored programs. She led the three-year Osher Initiative for California Community College Students fundraising campaign, which raised $80 million and created the largest endowment for community college student scholarships in the nation. Kerry also served with Mercy Foundation as Development and Marketing Director.
In 2008, Kerry earned the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) certification, a designation held by only 7,000 professionals in the world. In fall 2011, she was named “Outstanding Fundraising Professional of the Year” by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), California Capital Chapter, as part of National Philanthropy Day. Kerry is a member of the Planned Giving Forum of Sacramento, the Sacramento Estate Planning Council, Cal CPA, and the Capital Region Family Business Center, and she is an American Leadership Forum Fellow, Class XXIV. She also serves on the Board of the Rotary Club of Sacramento and chairs its Programs Committee.
Kerry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business marketing and two Master of Arts degrees, all from California State University, Sacramento.
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