Former Pleasanton Town Manager and longtime community leader Nelson Fialho is taking over as interim CEO of the newly formed Three Valleys Community Foundation (3VCF), nonprofit officials announced on Monday. lucrative.
Fialho, who retired from public office in November after serving in city government for 25 years, will lead and manage the foundation through a strategic planning process, and work closely with the board, advisers and local partners “to develop processes and procedures that promote trust and financial growth of donor funds and endowments, as well as align with the organization’s core values,” according to a statement from 3VCF.
Calling the local nonprofit community “extraordinarily vibrant”, Fialho said it was important to him to “find a way to give back and support the nonprofits in our region and the impact they have “.
“We rely on nonprofits in our area to meet a variety of community needs, including food insecurity, emergency shelter, mental health services, animal care, and even increased COVID response and recovery – to name a few,” Fialho said. “The financial support system for these nonprofits was fragile before the pandemic, but now, more than ever, the demand and need for these services is increasing.”
Fialho added that the foundation “can serve as a geographic anchor for individuals, businesses and local governments to help those who need it most”, and that he is “honored to join this organization and delighted to help our community achieve this vision.”
3VCF Chairman of the Board, John Sensiba, said the nonprofit is “incredibly fortunate to have Nelson leading our organization”.
“His strong business acumen, leadership and financial management, combined with his knowledge of the local community and his commitment to the residents of the Tri-Valley, make him an ideal choice to lead our foundation and develop community development opportunities. collaboration and innovation that can help our nonprofits,” said Sensiba.
Over a year in planning, 3VCF was launched in November and has so far been led by Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Executive Director Steve McCoy-Thompson, who will now sit on the board.
The foundation will offer “a local alternative to National Donor Advised Funds (DAFS) and traditional endowment services, with a particular focus on local grantmaking and helping donors find worthwhile causes to support. “.
Recent supporters include Alameda County Supervisors David Haubert and Nate Miley, who have both pledged contributions of $50,000 each, as has the city of Dublin.
Dublin Mayor Melissa Hernandez said she was delighted to partner with 3VCF for “such a unique collaborative effort to match local donors with non-profit organizations and other support services”.
“There are so many people in our community who need help, and the foundation will connect those who can afford it with those who need it most,” Hernandez said.
In addition to Sensiba and McCoy-Thompson, the 3VCF board includes Susan Houghton, founder of Sunflower Hill, Tim Sbranti, District Administrator of Chabot-Las Positas Community College, Kenneth Cooper of Las Positas College, Margaret Liang of APAPA and Christine Wente of Wente Family Estates. .