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Roundtable Discussion: Running on Empty - Are You Managing Your Nonprofit in the Red?

  • Sobrato Center for Nonprofits - Redwood Shores, Shoreway Conference Room 350 Twin Dolphin Drive Redwood City, CA, 94065 United States (map)

Roundtable Discussion: Running on Empty - Are You Managing Your Nonprofit in the Red?

Join Sally Petersen, Nonprofit CFO of the Year, and Maya Tussing, Partner with Fairlight Advisors, for a discussion on why operating reserves are critical to the long-term success of a nonprofit and how your nonprofit can work toward building a suitable cash cushion. Come and bring your questions to this interactive discussion.


Speaker: Sally Petersen

As CFO of Second Harvest, Sally provided fiduciary oversight and active leadership in the ongoing strategic and tactical planning processes for the food bank. Under her leadership, Second Harvest earned Charity Navigator’s four-star rating each year, exceeding industry standards. Prior to joining Second Harvest, Sally served as chief financial officer for Catholic Charities of San Jose where she managed a 50 percent one-year growth for the agency. Additionally, Sally has worked with The Brenner Group, Layman & Petersen CPAs, Cummins Public Accountancy, and Martin, Stavolone & Arterburn in a variety of accountant-based capacities.

Sally graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and earned an MBA with an emphasis in accounting and finance from UC Berkeley.


Moderator: Maya Tussing

Maya Tussing is a Partner at Fairlight Advisors, providing investment management and risk consulting services for philanthropic institutions and individuals. Previously, Maya was a Principal with Alesco Advisors, an RIA with $4 billion in assets under advisement. Prior to Alesco, she led BlackRock's U.S. Institutional Index Asset Allocation business, responsible for over $200B across all asset classes, investment styles, and vehicles. Over the last 20 years, she has held senior risk management roles at firms such as BlackRock, Barclays Global Investors, Visa, and GE Capital.

Maya holds a B.A. from Pomona College and an MBA from the University of Washington.

About SIAG

The Social Impact Advisory Group (SIAG) is a consortium of like-minded Bay Area leaders and advisors who endeavor to better understand the local Social Impact sector to allow it to grow and thrive. The Silicon Valley chapter of SIAG has partnered with Thrive to offer bi-monthly lunchtime discussions on a variety of timely topics that are particularly focused on nonprofit and business collaboration.

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