Rebecca J. “Becca” Merrell, Executive Vice President and Regional Director
Becca Merrell is executive vice president and regional director for Netzel Grigsby Associates’ Central Coast region. She works with a wide variety of nonprofit organizations, among them health and human services, educational institutions, religious organizations, and youth services, guiding them to achieve their goals.
Becca believes that empowering nonprofit volunteers and staff with tools and knowledge will ensure long-term organizational stability. Her extensive knowledge has been valuable in creating and implementing dynamic programs to fund services, while helping donors enjoy their giving.
Becca has partnered with nonprofits in fundraising and development planning to impact communities. She has secured significant capital dollars and exceeded goals on campaigns for compelling projects such as Casa Pacifica Center for Children and Families, First Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara Zoo, and Stuart C. Gildred YMCA in Santa Ynez.
Becca is a board and faculty member for the Center for Nonprofit Leadership at California Lutheran University (CLU). She is also a member of the faculty of CLU’s Executive Skills for Church Leaders program, teaching a module on fundraising. Active in the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Becca is a member of the San Luis Obispo Chapter and is a past president of the Santa Barbara/Ventura Counties Chapter, where she was selected as Fundraiser of the Year in 2008.
Becca earned her bachelor’s degree in from California State University, Northridge, graduating summa cum laude.