WISC Welcomes New Director Laurel Savino
Laurel Savino became the director of the Women’s International Study Center in August 2015, bringing skills gained from experience in non-profit management and fundraising in San Francisco and throughout the Southwest. Laurel spent more than 20 years advancing the work of distinguished non-profit organizations including eight years at the California Academy of Sciences and another eight years with The Trust For Public Land. She is well known and respected in Santa Fe where she has lived since 2001.
Laurel began work at the California Academy of Sciences where as a grant writer she raised $2 million for institutional operations, strategic planning, exhibitions and educational programs from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, private foundations and individuals. As the corporations and foundations officer at the Academy, she raised another $2 million for seven new environmental education programs.
In 2002 Laurel joined the staff of The Trust for Public Land, working out of their Santa Fe Office and making her home in Santa Fe. Initially, as foundations relations manager for the Southwest Region, she worked with external partners, public officials, private donors and private foundations to establish and expand land conservation programs in six states. Then as TPL’s director of development for Arizona and Utah she established new state TPL offices and land conservation programs in those states working with organizational partners, landowners and public officials. In establishing these offices, Laurel conducted strategic planning, recruited board members and hired staff. Laurel’s work with TPL then took on a Santa Fe focus as she worked on the Railyard Park project. From 2007 through 2009, she was the Railyard Park and Plaza capital campaign director for TPL. In this capacity she led the development and marketing staff members and high-level volunteers in raising $2 million from individuals, foundations and corporations.
After the completions of the Railyard Park project, Laurel left TPL and worked as a consultant doing significant work with the Partners in Education Foundation, which assists Santa Fe Public Schools. She developed a strategic plan for ArtWorks, an aesthetic education program for 2,000 Santa Fe public elementary school students. She also consulted with the Santa Fe Conservation Trust, The Trust for Public Land and other non-profits.
WISC is fortunate to have Laurel with her skills and experience as its director.