Vice President of Advancement
Ginny Harding-Davis brings to Sierra Nevada Journeys more than three decades of experience in fundraising, marketing, communications and strategic business development. In her most recent role at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada, Ginny served as Chief Advancement Officer, overseeing development, marketing and communications. Additionally, she was successful in forming the Foundation’s first Corporate Philanthropy Partnership, growing the Professional Advisor Council over three-fold, and launching the “Campaign for Our Community,” the first-ever endowment designed to provide annual funding for the region’s most pressing needs and for emergency relief. In just over a year, the campaign is about to surpass $5 million.
Prior to working for the Community Foundation, Ginny worked in various roles in Advancement to include: UC Davis; Executor Director of Institutional Advancement for Johnson & Wales University; Chief Development Officer for the University of Colorado College of Engineering and Applied Science; Assistant Dean of Development, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, University of California Riverside; and completed a five-year appointment with the United States Olympic Committee as Director of Marketing, Communications and Business Development for USA Water Polo and USA Field Hockey.
Earlier in her career Davis held senior management positions with Anheuser-Busch in Dallas, Texas, including national director for the company’s IronKids Programs. She has also worked or volunteered for a host of worthy causes across the country, including the American Lung Association, women’s resource agencies, LGBT centers and programs, HIV/Aids, children, youth and families, animal advocacy groups, and outdoor education. Dedicated to health and athletic endeavors, Davis founded and produced the first-ever, all women's bike ride across the country for breast cancer, Pedal for the Cure/America’s Breast Cancer Ride, and personally cycled in the event three times. In addition to saving lives through breast cancer awareness and education, here she was recognized twice with the “Mark of Excellence” Award from the National Public Relations Society of America. Also notable, is many years as a teacher in high schools and colleges and more than 20 years, intermittently, with Outward Bound and various outdoor education programs.
As part of her professional and personal journey, Ginny recently completed a “radical sabbatical,” a long-planned trip around the world with her family. She is thrilled to return to her life’s passion with outdoor education in Advancement for Sierra Nevada Journeys.
Ginny spends much of her time with family and friends pursuing outdoor activities, particularly in the Sierra Nevada. She just completed a three-year term as Trustee and VP Marketing and Development for the Woodland Opera House; and, currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Planned Giving Roundtable of Northern Nevada as Marketing and Communications Chair.
Davis holds a Bachelors of Science from West Chester University in Pennsylvania and has completed graduate work at West Chester University, Texas Woman’s University and UC Riverside.