Squaw Valley Institute attracts Silicon Valley nonprofit executive | SierraSun.com

Squaw Valley Institute attracts Silicon Valley nonprofit executive

OLYMPIC VALLEY and#8212; Squaw Valley Institute is pleased to introduce new Executive Director Jeannie Conner. Conner has more than 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience in Silicon Valley, and has chosen to volunteer her time to SVI for the next six months.

Drawing on her past experience working with small community foundations and larger advocacy groups, Conner is excited about the role the Squaw Valley Institute has played in the North Lake Tahoe/Truckee region. and#8220;I am impressed with the wide range of programs SVI has presented over the past 10 years, including important speakers on topics such as world affairs, science, and the environment.and#8221;

Like many nonprofit organizations around the country, SVI has been challenged by the recent changes in the economy and#8220;However, the fact that SVI has been able to maintain its high level of quality programs during these tough economic times is a very good sign,and#8221; Conner said.

Connerand#8217;s three primary goals for SVI are to expand outreach, to improve the member experience, and to create a financial strategy that focuses on sustainability. She also believes the recent changes in management at Squaw Valley are extremely positive for SVI, opening up new opportunities for collaboration and growth.

and#8220;My family has owned a second home in Homewood since 1988, so I feel I have a good understanding of the Tahoe community, its past, and how SVI plays an important role in the cultural, artistic and educational conversation in the region,and#8221; said Conner. and#8220;The good news is that I believe SVI will be able to play a dual role: Maintain its great local programming, and bring together visitors, residents and friends to enjoy world class speakers at its larger events.and#8221;

Conner will be working in the SVI office two-three days per week beginning in May. Meet her at SVIand#8217;s Wine Tasting Party at Uncorked in Squaw Valley, Friday, April 29, 5-7 p.m. No reservations or tickets required. Taste great wines from Honig Family Winery for a $10 donation. Just show up and have fun. For more information visit http://www.squawvalleyinstitute.org, contact info@squawvalleyinstitute.org or call 530-581-4138.

and#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com

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