University of Texas at Austin:  Bachelor of Business Administration
University of Texas at Austin:  Certification in Fundraising Management           

Professional Experience


Independent Consultant:  2008-present

Project work includes grant proposal writing, research, working alone, collaboratively, and with groups of stake holders, dissertation editing, grant proposal technical advice.

Girl Scouts of Central Texas, Austin, TX

Vice President for Development and Brand:  2006-2008
Responsible for fund development, communications, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) girl programming.  Led these teams successfully as we merged four councils to serve 46 counties, 21,000 girls, and 11,000 volunteers.  Led the resource development team to raise funds across the entire council.  Involved and trained board members and volunteers in major donor solicitations and solicited funds directly from high wealth individuals and foundations. 
Accomplishments under my direction:
Fund Development—Increased non-United Way Austin Area funding by 48% during a year when the organization was merging and after loosing some long-standing funding sources.
Communications—Exceeded all goals, met the demands of smoothly managing our public relations efforts before and after the merger, created professional materials for the new council.
STEM Girl Programming—More than doubled the number of girls served across the region.  In 2008 the program served 3,500 girls—more than any other STEM program in the city—with only two full time staff. 

Capital IDEA, Austin, TX

Director of Resource Development:  2004-2006
Built a development department from the ground up including strategic planning, raising funds to staff the department, and exceeding fund development goals each year.  Supervised grant writer, involved Board Members, program staff, Executive Director, and clients in fund raising, developed relationships with potential Board Members and donors.  Responsible for public and private funding of a $3 million budget. 
Increased private donor giving from $250,750 in 2005 to $1,403,839 in gifts in pledges by July 2006.  (The organization’s private sector funding goal for 2006 was $500,000.)

Capital IDEA, Austin, TX

Contracts and Grants Coordinator:  2001-2004
Took lead responsibility in writing grant proposals; administration of grants; developing, gathering and analyzing operations data for internal and external use; reporting to external bodies, including grant reports and proposals; administering major procurement actions, including drawing up of specifications, seeking of prospective vendors, execution of appropriate procedures, contract development, and monitoring of vendor performance; maintaining organization’s compliance with general regulatory requirements; coordinating special projects; and coordinating the organization’s budget development process.
Successful grant proposals ensured a steady stream of funding to support a $2.5 million budget during the post 9/11 downturn.
Successfully received awards in competitive federal and state competitive grant proposals, including a $750,000 grant from US Department of Health and Human Services with a score of 96 out of 100.

National Archives of the Episcopal Church, Austin, Texas

Office Manager:  1994-2001
Central communications/operations manager of the record keeping center for the Episcopal Church.  Provided critical support in the area of acquisition by gathering intelligence and interacting with constituents to market the Archives’ services.  Coordinated copyrights and permissions for the Episcopal Church, legislative research for the General Convention, and development of legislative materials for on-line publication.

Westminster Presbyterian Church, Austin, Texas

Office Manager:  1986-1994
Hired, supervised and trained secretarial and custodial staff; coordinated annual fund raising drive; provided accurate financial reports and records for 10 savings and operating funds; supervised plant maintenance and repair; purchased equipment and supplies.


McGinnis, Lochridge and Kilgore, Austin, Texas

Personnel Director and Recruiting Coordinator:  1983-1986
Hired and performed other human resource functions in a law firm of over 70 attorneys and 100 non-lawyer staff; supervised.  Trained and coordinated the work of 30 law students year round as part of the firm’s recruiting program.

Additional Skills

Ability to develop and maintain relationships with a wide variety of individuals.
Skilled manager
Strategic thinker
Grant Writer
Major gifts resource development
Advanced proficiency using Word, Access, Excel, IMIS, SAGE.  Basic use of MIP.
Excellent editing and writing skills
Website content development
​Organizational planning
Kathleen Burnside        (512)773-3382

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