Sylvia Chinn, Vice President

Sylvia Chinn, a vice president at Netzel Grigsby Associates (NGA), is passionate about working with nonprofits to achieve their goals and create lasting social impact. Since joining NGA, she has partnered with nonprofits such as Villa Esperanza Services, Casa Treatment Center, San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center, Boys and Girls Club of Skagit County, UCLA Asian American Studies Center, and the California Science Center Foundation on projects spanning campaign studies, strategic planning, and executive search.

With two decades of experience in the nonprofit sector, Sylvia served in senior leadership roles for 11 years at the affiliate organizations of Planned Parenthood and YWCA, as well as the Pasadena Senior Center. Sylvia also served on Planned Parenthood's national centennial fundraising advisory committee and co-chaired a nationwide committee for fundraiser professional development.

As a community volunteer, Sylvia spent years as a board officer for the Friends of the Pasadena Public Library, taught computer literacy at the Minneapolis Public Library, and assisted as a ride leader and outreach worker for bike advocacy groups in Los Angeles. Sylvia has also facilitated and participated on panels for events hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals - Greater Los Angeles Chapter (AFP-GLAC), Southern California Association for Healthcare Development (SCAHD), and other organizations focused on fundraising professionals. She advocates for representation and equity in nonprofits and philanthropy as essential elements for promoting systemic change.

Prior to joining NGA, Sylvia was a senior consultant at a nonprofit consulting firm, where she contributed to various projects, including merger exploration, marketing and communications, strategic planning, board development, and the development of fundraising plans. Additionally, she has worked on successful political campaigns supporting BIPOC women candidates in Los Angeles County.

Sylvia earned a B.A. in English from Cal State Los Angeles, graduating cum laude.

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