CVNL Expands Services, Hires New Senior Staff Member

February 4, 2021

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CVNL Expands Services, Hires Two New Senior Staff Members

Bay Area, CA, February 4 — Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) is pleased to announce the placement of Patricia Murillo, CVNL’s new Chief Program Officer.

Patricia Murillo brings over 25 years of progressive nonprofit leadership experience effectively leading organizations and initiatives to greater impact. She is passionate about designing and facilitating people-centered learning experiences. With a background in education, social work, and organizational development, she has worked on equity and social justice issues throughout her career. As a first-generation Latina who came up from working the fields in Watsonville, she has been on a mission to provide support and opportunities for marginalized communities and give back to the many hands that uplifted her throughout her education and career.

Prior to joining CVNL, Patricia served as a consultant to diverse organizations and projects including as the Lead Facilitator for Women Leaders for the World through How Women Lead, a distinguished one-year fellowship for global social sector leaders, and leading instruction and curriculum design for diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative called “Leading for Equity & Inclusion.” Patricia was the Executive Director of Alternatives in Action where she expanded the programmatic and organizational scope, and served as the Senior Director of Program Services for the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco where she led internal and external initiatives including developing a Behavioral Health department, program improvement, evaluation strategy development, and a comprehensive professional development effort.

In addition to overseeing CVNL programs and services, Patricia will be leading the Consulting Services Department. She brings expertise in diversity, equity, and inclusion, in strategic planning, data informed program and organizational improvement, business development, and training and facilitation. She has taught at the high school, community college and college level and has served on several boards including the Latino Affairs Commission of Santa Cruz County and the On the Move Board of Directors. She holds a Bachelors from Vassar College and a Masters in Social Welfare (MSW) from UC Berkeley with a concentration on Management and Planning.

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About CVNL: 
For over 50 years, CVNL have advanced nonprofits and volunteerism by strengthening leadership, encouraging innovation, and empowering individuals in their communities. Passion alone isn’t enough when it comes to creating strong nonprofits. That’s why we work with aspiring and established leaders every day to help them build the skills and connections that can take their impact to the next level. Together we offer comprehensive programs that support nonprofits and volunteers including training, executive search, customized consulting solutions, volunteer services, and corporate engagement. Heart of Marin™ and Heart of Napa™ events support nonprofits of every size and mission through recognition and cash awards. Other programs and services include the Sonoma Human Race, Secret Santa, Court Referral Program, and Volunteer Wheels. We provide disaster preparedness training and serve as an Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC), overseeing spontaneous volunteers and donations for Napa, Marin, Solano, and Sonoma Counties in the aftermath of a disaster. We believe that with confident and prepared leaders, our nonprofits will be better equipped to create healthy, happy communities. Visit to discover more.