Rona Fernandez has worked with social justice nonprofits for the past 20 years, always with fundraising as a part of her work. She has raised money in several capacities—as a community organizer, house party coordinator, development director, executive director and board member. Previously, she was the Managing Director of Californians for Justice, a statewide grassroots organizing group. She has also volunteered and / or fundraised for Reading Partners, the East Bay Meditation Center, Sama Sama Summer Camp and the CJ Foundation for SIDS. Rona graduated from the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training's Training for Trainers program in 2005, and co-coordinated GIFT's groundbreaking event, Raising Change: A Social Justice Fundraising Conference (now called Money for Our Movements) in 2006. She has served on the editorial board of the Grassroots Fundraising Journal and regularly contributes to the magazine. Her articles can be found in the Journal’s article archive. You can find a partial list of her clients on her LinkedIn page. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Rona is dedicated to helping grassroots groups learn how to fundraise effectively and build a base of donors within their communities.