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Helping people connect their values to the causes that matter to them is a privilege for me.

I am currently employed as the Chief Development Officer at Larkin Street Youth Services, San Francisco Bay Area’s largest nonprofit dedicated to ending youth homelessness. I bring to my work over 30-years of nonprofit management experience and for-profit business ownership.


As a staff person and independent consultant, I have previously helped raise over $125 million for various San Francisco Bay Area good causes.

As a volunteer board member, I have led five nonprofit agencies, including a multi-million-dollar arts funder and nationally recognized mental health counseling center.

I have managed the fundraising for multiple nonprofits, including Larkin Street, an agency with annual budget of over $25 million, 330 employees, and 2,500 clients. My annual fundraising goal this year is 7.6M. I am also part of a collaborative public-private 3-year campaign to raise an additional $31M for multiple organizations working to end youth homelessness.

I am the former Board President of the Development Executive Roundtable, a 50-year-old professional fundraising trade association whose members collectively raise over $1 billion annually. 

Additionally, I have started several for-profit businesses, including a national trade association for film and video distributors, community newspaper, events production company and successful restaurant.

I bring strong collaborative management, strategic planning, marketing communications and community relations skills to all my work.


“There is no fundraiser I know who is better than Gayle at connecting people — donors and fundraisers alike — back to the pure joy, generosity, and compassion at the heart of giving. Knowing her and learning from her has deeply impacted my experience and approach as both a fundraiser and a donor.”

Dana Textoris, Director of Client Engagement
Grants Plus


The common thread throughout my career has been a desire to bring people together.

Working across race, class, age, gender, sexuality, and ability, I foster a world that embraces people for who they are and encourages them to live their dreams. Today I do the work I do because, at its core, fundraising helps foster greater social change in the world.


Born and raised in Minnesota, I moved to San Francisco two decades ago, looking for a community that reflected these values. Today I work as a fundraiser to ensure that the dream that brought so many of us to the Bay Area is kept alive.

A graduate of the University of Minnesota, I received my Certification in Fundraising Management (CFRM) from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. I have received Certificates of Merit from the California State Senate and Assembly.

I am a long-standing member of both the Development Executives Roundtable and Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Conversations with Gayle


10% Interview with David Perry

Spirit of Giving Radio Interview