Rebecca "Becca" J. Merrell, Executive Vice President

Becca Merrell is executive vice president for Netzel Grigsby Associates. She works with a wide variety of nonprofit organizations, among them environmental groups, 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 planning to impact communities. She has secured significant dollars and exceeded goals on important fundraising campaigns. Those who have benefitted from her expertise include Arroyo Grande Hospital Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme, Casa Pacifica Center for Children and Families, Community Environmental Council, First Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara, Pacific Wildlife Care, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara Zoo, and Stuart C. Gildred YMCA in Santa Ynez.

Becca is a member of the Advisory Board and a workshop facilitator for the Center for Nonprofit Leadership at California Lutheran University (CLU). The Board Leadership Institute and workshops on fundraising are the primary areas she teaches. She has also served as a member of the faculty of CLU’s Executive Skills for Church Leaders program. 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.

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