Donald W. Savoie
Non-Profit Professional & Consultant


My extensive experience is grounded in working with various non-profit organizations, either as staff or as a consultant, and includes:

  • Establishing coalitions with constituent groups including members, committees, volunteers, and external audiences;
  • Leading teams for organizations from formation to periods of substantial growth and transition;
  • Developing and implementing mission-driven programs and services;
(415) 341-7810
San Francisco, California
Management Consultant & Support Professional
IN: San Francisco2018 to present
  • Began as a freelance consultant for management;
  • Shepherding staff through the process of creating a parallel non-profit entity;
  • Providing instruction and guidance in Integrated Community Service for clients.
Election Assistant
City & County of San Francisco, Dept. of Elections2022
  • Worked on Special 2022 Elections
Operations Manager & Webmaster
Left Coast Theatre Co.2016-present
  • Volunteering with Left Coast Theatre Company on their marketing, online systems, and web presence;
Executive Director
Civic Center Community Benefit District2011-2017

The Civic Center CBD is a special assessment district organized by a group of concerned property owners, arts organizations, government entities, and other stakeholders.

  • Leveraged grant from Twitter to expand social media reach and build followers; 
  • Directed programs such as the safety and cleaning programs, graffiti removal, and beautification project; 
  • Served on the citizens advisory committee for comprehensive street infrastructure projects for Van Ness Avenue; 
  • Prepared district reports and presented to the board of directors and the City and County of San Francisco;  
  • Secured a grant of $200,000 to improve Ivy Street, and funding from Grants for the Arts to establish the Civic Center Commons Initiative.
Executive Director
AIGA San Francisco2005-2011

The San Francisco chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design, represents over 1,600 designers in graphics, interaction, experience, motion, and affiliated fields in the Greater Bay Area.

  • Led initial ad-hoc committee that developed San Francisco Design Week; 
  • Increased financial sponsorship income by 97% for AIGA SF’s events, programs, and initiatives; 
  • Increased tickets sales by 43% by implementing innovative programming to diverse constituencies; 
  • Developed successful marketing campaigns using online advertising, website analytics, and social media; 
  • Maintained and designed chapter websites and all operational systems;
Executive Director
San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus2004-2005
  • Served as chief executive and development officer for performing arts organization; 
  • Produced concerts for subscription series and other community outreach efforts; 
  • Stewarded personal donations and corporate sponsorship revenue; 
  • Created centralized database for subscribers, donors and volunteer membership; 
  • Administered arts and performance grants from local agencies; 
Executive Director
Associates of the Boston Public Library2000-2003
  • Served as the chief development officer for cultural organization; 
  • Raised major gifts and annual fund gifts for the Library’s special collections and rare items; 
  • Established “David McCullough Conservation Fund;” 
Executive Director
West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce1996-2000
  • Formed two business improvement districts (BIDs), one for the arts & design community, the other for the Sunset Strip; 
  • Administered economic development & transportation grants from local and state agencies; 
  • Member of Citizens Advisory Committee for award-winning “Santa Monica Boulevard Master Plan;” 
Volunteer Experience

Former Board Member, Center for Architecture + Design - 2008-2011

Former Treasurer, Golden Gate Business Association - 2006-2007

Former Board Member, Greater Boston Business Council - 2002-2003

Former Board Member, Foundation for Educational - Research, a nonprofit organization that provides grants to AIDS-related educational organizations- 1998-1999

Former Board Member, West Hollywood Convention and Visitors Bureau - 1996-1999

Past President, Westside Council of Chambers of Commerce, a consortium of 15 chambers on the Westside of Los Angeles County representing over 7,000 businesses - 1996-1998

Past Vice President, Penn State Alumni Association, Los Angeles Chapter - 1994-1995

Strategic Planning
Community Outreach
Program Development
Grant Writing & Stewardship
Marketing Communication
Public Speaking
Budget Implementation
Notary Public
Special Event Production
Website Design
Social Media
Technical Knowledge
Google Workspace
Microsoft Office
Adobe Creative Suite
Database Systems
Penn State University

Bachelor of Arts, Communication

Notary Public, California

Commissioned until 2022

Non-Profit Management

Institute for Organization Management, US Chamber of Commerce

Leadership Training
Leadership San Francisco

Leadership San Francisco is a community service program sponsored by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.