My guest for this episode is Kathy Cordova. Kathy Córdova, Executive Director of Recovery Café San Jose, is a longtime local nonprofit leader in Silicon Valley. She joined Recovery Café in January 2020 after having served as the Executive Director of Santa Maria Urban Ministry, an Episcopal-based food bank and educational center in a very low-income immigrant neighborhood.

She previously worked in development and fundraising for a variety of organizations including Asians Americans for Community Involvement, West Valley Community Services, Somos Mayfair, and Sacred Heart Nativity Schools. Her work experience also includes years working for the County of Santa Clara, for the Board of Supervisors, Probation Department, and Office of the County Executive. A San José native, Kathy has been active in community service for more than 30 years. Her Board experience includes the Association of Fundraising Professionals Silicon Valley Chapter; Bellarmine Mother’s Guild, Silicon Valley Gay Men’s Chorus, the Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley, Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Council, and Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women.

Kathy holds a bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University, where she also served as ASB President. She also earned a Certificate in Fundraising Management, from Indiana University. Additionally, she studied Compassion Cultivation and alcohol and drug counseling.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, working in her garden, and cooking. Kathy is also an avid baseball and performing arts fan.

Here’s what to expect during the episode:

  • Kathy introduced Recovery Cafe – A refuge for healing and hope.
  • How does Recovery Cafe give practical ways to help people experiencing homelessness?
  • Roles and responsibilities of an executive director.
  • Why is it important to have a good relationship between the board and the executive director?
  • How do you build relationships with board members?
  • Challenges faced by executive directors and how to overcome them.

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