My name is Alycia Elfstrom. Don’t worry if you caalycia-430n’t spell it or even say it—my mother’s attempt at originality has created confusion for anyone who has ever made the effort to dictate my name. The four vowels really throw people for a loop.

Now you’re probably thinking, “This lady has just spent the last three sentences talking about her name and I’m not even sure why? That’s pretty valuable real estate in bio page.”

Have no fear—there is a reason. Growing up with a name no one ever gets right predisposes you to a few special characteristics a fundraiser (now change leader) can really benefit from:

  1. I answer to anything remotely close to my name—even if I don’t recognize the voice yelling at me. It has made me a natural people person.
  2. I’ve learned to laugh. My third grade teacher, Mrs. Coppock, never once said my name right. And my passport is even misspelled! At some point you just learn to go with the flow.
  3. I’m fantastic at learning the names of other people because I know how it feels when someone gets it wrong.

You can always find the silver lining.

On a more serious note, I graduated from Arizona State University, West Campus with a BA in Political Science and a ton of extra credits which never became a minor or second BA, despite my counselor’s best try.

This portfolio represents the culmination of work towards an M.A. in Social Impact at Claremont Lincoln University—where I was excited to study cross-sector collaboration, innovation, and the role of strategic change initiatives in non-profit success.

After nearly three years in association management—time I cherish because it allowed me to cut my teeth in the non-profit world and develop strong sales/marketing skills—I was fortunate enough to be offered a job at a local non-profit to lead their newly formed development department. And I loved every minute of it.

Implementing a new funding model and managing a brand-new community action committee was tough work; the impact I saw not only in the operating budget but in the lives of the people served by this agency was inspiring. I spent nearly 4 years focused on building a cohesive message and sharing stories that inspired stakeholders to support the organization through financial contributions and partnerships.

Most recently, I joined the team at Girl Scouts Arizona— Cactus-Pine Council as the Manager of Advancement. The technical work involves creating a robust individual giving program that supports the operations of the organization and the girl-led programs we provide in our community.

But really… my  job is to help people see the value of a girl and encourage them to make an investment these bright and beautiful, young leaders. GSACPC provides an incredible gift to girls—teaching them confidence and life skills they will carry with them throughout their lives.

All in all— I’m a thinker and dreamer that just wants to make the world a better place.

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