Sally began her career on the advancement team at her alma mater, Washington State University, and went on to leadership positions at Providence Health in Seattle and the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. She served as the Chief Advancement Officer at Marymount College (now Marymount California University) in Palos Verdes, California, establishing the departments of Public Relations and Advancement Services, in addition to leading the development and alumni departments. Under her leadership the College increased its fundraising totals 15-fold, earning the prestigious CASE Award for the Most Improved Fundraising Program in all of District VII.
Sally also approaches her work with a wealth of entrepreneurial experience. In 2001, she started a fundraising consulting firm, DeChenne Company/Philanthropy Consulting, serving clients such as the University of Southern California; the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Seattle University; and others for six years. Simultaneously, she founded three real estate development companies with a mission of acquiring and improving housing in educational communities. She also built and led a highly successful sales team in a $4 billion global company, where she recruited more than 150 people, and learned some of the world’s best practices in leadership and talent development.
She recognized her passion for great leadership early in her career, and has spent thousands of hours in leadership training and study. Leading people well is one of the most important factors in creating joy and positive change in organizations and in the larger communities served by those organizations.
Sally earned her bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from the Honors College at Washington State University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and top three in her class.
Sally is a Board member for The Eight Principles of Sustainable Fundraising. She has also enjoyed serving for the past 30 years in volunteer leadership roles in higher education, healthcare and other nonprofit organizations, including Washington State University as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Foundation; the University of Washington’s Robert H. Williams Diabetes Research Council; the Los Angeles Skirball Institute; the Community Church of Joy in Rancho Mirage, California; and Insulindependence in San Diego, California.