Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017
Time: 1pm–3:30pm
Location: Sobrato Center for Nonprofits
1400 Parkmoor Ave, San Jose, CA 95126
Cost: Free

An educated and engaged board is critical to the success of any Santa Clara County arts organization. To advance the organization mission, the right board must be gathered and provided with the right training and tools. This hands-on workshop will focus on how to recruit and orient a board that will provide effective governance for an organization and advance the artistic mission.


Jennifer Simmons

Jennifer is executive director at the Center for Excellence in Nonprofits (CEN) and has over twenty years of experience in the public, high tech, and nonprofit sectors. She is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer and develops and leads most of CEN’s offerings. Prior to joining CEN, Jennifer was the executive director of Habitat for Humanity Silicon Valley; in earlier roles, she worked for Infineon Technologies and for local, county, and state elected officials. In 2012, she was named one of the “100 Women of Influence in Silicon Valley” by the San Jose Business Journal.

Donna Wies

In her consulting practice, Donna works with nonprofit organizations and water utilities in the areas of strategic planning, performance measurement, facilitation, and organizational effectiveness. She worked for Union Sanitary District in the East Bay for 25 years, where she directed the District’s strategic planning and continuous improvement efforts. Since 2005, Donna has helped community benefit organizations improve the effectiveness of their boards and business processes. Donna is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer.

Attendance is free, but advance registration is required.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Audrey Struve.

Thank you to our program sponsors:

Applied Materials Foundation City of San Jose Santa Clara County California Arts Council
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