Michele A. Bignardi, CFRE, CSPG, Senior Vice President

Michele is a senior vice president with Netzel Grigsby Associates (NGA) who works with a variety of nonprofit organizations to enhance their fundraising strategies and increase the impact of their work. Michele is passionate about the power of philanthropy to build better, stronger communities.

Michele has served as lead counsel on a number of successful feasibility studies and capital campaign projects. Recent clients include Providence Holy Cross Medical Center ($7 million capital campaign), Los Angeles LGBT Center ($57 million capital campaign), Valley Beth Shalom ($30 million capital campaign), and Variety Boys & Girls Club ($10 million capital campaign).

Michele is Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and a Certified Specialist in Planned Giving (CSPG). Michele trains and coaches both professional and volunteer fundraising. She has been an instructor with the UCLA Fundraising Extension program, is the President of the Southern California Council of Charitable Gift Planners, a past President of both the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Orange County Chapter, and the Southern California Association of Healthcare Development. Michele co-chaired the Western Regional Planned Giving Conference. She received the 2019 Outstanding Leader Award from the Southern California Association of Healthcare Development, and the 2023 Outstanding Professional Award from AFPOC.

Michele is a member of the Board of Managers of the San Pedro & Peninsula YMCA, a branch of the Los Angeles Metropolitan YMCA. She has served in every major leadership role included board chair and has provided volunteer leadership to two successful capital campaigns. In 2018, Michele was inducted into the Golden Book of Distinguished Service in recognition for her 20+ years of volunteer service, which noted her commitment and emphasis on the role that the Annual Support Campaign provides to the volunteer leadership development process.

Michele holds a Bachelor of Arts from San Francisco State University.

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