Melissa Kelley of Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation wins Nonprofit Leadership Award

Notable quote: “Nonprofits need to find ways to engage younger and more diverse audiences.”

Other things about me...

What achievements are you most proud of?

Quadrupled the annual budget of the parks foundation in five years. Founded Impact 100 Redwood Circle, a women’s giving circle that awards at least $100,000 a year to local nonprofits.

Next major project on the horizon

Raising $80,000 for a required local match of a $1.7 million federal grant that will build eight more miles of trails at Taylor Mountain.

Quick takes

Most admired businessperson

Beth Brown, CEO of Community Foundation Sonoma County

Words that best describe you

“Gracious dynamo” (thank you, Chris Smith), diplomatic, insightful, mission-driven.


Hiking, mountain biking and soccer

Current reading

“Hillbilly Elegy”

Biggest challenge

Time management

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