Development Strategist, National Shelter Outreach
Patricia Trish Tolbert has served as the executive director of the Memphis Zoological Society, associate director of The Nature Conservancys Philanthropy Learning Center, legacy programs manager for AARP Foundation, and coach, consultant and trainer to client organizations as varied as the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, World Wildlife, Catholic Charities, Special Olympics International, the University of Massachusetts, and Australian Trust for Nature. Trish has also served on the grantmaking side of the desk, conducting site visits and grantee evaluations that enabled a private foundation client to make meaningful decisions and award over 10 million to small local nonprofits in Washington, D.C. Trish earned her M.A. from the University of Manchester in Manchester, United Kingdom, and her B.A. at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee. She holds certificates in nonprofit management and documentary arts from Duke University affiliates and lives near Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her vet tech husband and four community cats.