Meet Valerie Townsend Livesay


I want to introduce you to an associate of RCH Consulting, Valerie Townsend Livesay. Ms. Livesay and I met when we were both pursuing our master’s degrees at the University of San Diego (USD) and after logging many late nights and long weekends studying together, we developed a friendship, which has turned into a great business relationship. Valerie has worked with me on developing a fundraising plan (February 2009) and strategic plan (May 2011) for the Chula Vista Nature Center ( Recently, she worked with me to develop a fundraising plan for the City Heights Community Development Corporation ( She is incredible at working with key stakeholders one-on-one and a brilliant writer and editor. She is also expanding her skills as a facilitator and trainer for Boards and Committees. A lifelong learner, Valerie is in her final semester of coursework in USD’s Ph.D. in Leadership Studies program. Her research interest is in how human development contributes to leader development. I consider myself lucky to have her expertise on board with RCH Consulting.


Here’s her bio:

Valerie Townsend Livesay began her career in the nonprofit arena as director of marketing for the American Heart Association (AHA) in San Diego, and later the director of corporate relations for the Western States Affiliate of the AHA. She transitioned to higher education fundraising, heading up the Chancellor’s Associates leadership annual giving program at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), focusing on unrestricted leadership annual gifts and the cultivation and stewardship of major donors. Having received her master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management at the University of San Diego (USD), she jumped at the chance to raise money for her alma mater as the Director of USD’s Office of Annual Giving consisting of the university’s direct mail program, telefunding center and, the President’s Club, the university’s $1,500+ donor recognition society.


Ms. Livesay is a seasoned fundraising professional with twelve years of nonprofit experience focused in the areas of corporate relations, annual giving, and donor cultivation and recognition program development. She is skilled in creating learning environments that engage all participants as both teachers and learners in both formal classroom and real-world settings. Ms. Livesay is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies at USD and serves as the doctoral graduate assistant in the Office of Admissions and Outreach for the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) focusing on the use of social media to engage prospective SOLES graduate students. Her research interest is in the ways in which human development impacts leader development.


Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership Studies (In Progress), University of San Diego

M.A., Nonprofit Leadership and Management, University of San Diego
B.A., Telecommunications, Indiana University




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