Rhonda is the President and Managing Partner at Sterling. She joined the firm in 2007 and brings more than 30 years of nonprofit management and fundraising experience to the team. In addition to consulting, Rhonda manages Sterling’s human resources and strategic business development functions.
Rhonda began her nonprofit career with the American Heart Association in Houston, where she ultimately served as the Executive Director. Along with successfully expanding the AHA’s individual, foundation, and corporate support, she was responsible for operations and human resources management, market strategy, board and volunteer development, and capital campaign strategy and management.
Rhonda leads complex client assignments across nonprofit sub-sectors, including strategic plans, campaigns, and organizational assessments. She is particularly known for her fundraising acumen and ability to accurately assess funding capacity and potential for both annual campaigns and capital and endowment campaign initiatives. She is well versed in creating cases for support and for developing prospect identification, cultivation, and solicitation strategies that drive major gifts programs and campaigns.
Additionally, Rhonda’s management experience has equipped her with knowledge and insights to create effective staffing structures, processes, and systems that are essential to the success of nonprofit organizations.
Rhonda attended Texas A&M University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication.
Congregation Emanu El
DePelchin Children’s Center
Houston Food Bank
Memorial Hermann Foundation