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Mecca Billings Nelson, Consulting Associate

Mecca Billings Nelson is a San Francisco Bay Area specialist in major gifts, campaign management and annual fund programs with a wide range of higher education and environmental conservation program experience.

Mecca began her fundraising career at her alma mater, Harvard, where she worked in the Harvard College Fund during the $2.1 billion university-wide campaign. Initially, she managed the senior class gift program and alumni class gift committees, and set new donor participation records for young alumni classes. After two years she was promoted to a specially created position to manage a $25 million capital campaign project, identify new prospects in the $5,000-$100,000 giving range on the West Coast, and staff the College's Visiting Committee comprised of alumni major donors.

At the University of California, Berkeley she served on the central university major gifts team and later as Director of the Annual Fund at the Haas School of Business. At UCLA she served on the major gifts team in the College of Letters and Sciences.

At The Marine Mammal Center (Sausalito, CA) as Director of Development she managed the second phase of the Center's capital campaign to build a new hospital and visitors center and brought the campaign total to $31 million.

Mecca has also served as Director of Development for The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) Foundation, where she was responsible for the management of all development activities and secured $3.2 million annually for the organization's charitable programs.

In the for-profit sector Mecca was General Manager of Zone Communications, a magazine that profiled Southern California high technology and dot-com companies. She also coordinated marketing and business development activities at Growthink, a business consulting firm serving start up technology companies.

Her consulting clients include Bay Lights, San Francisco; WildCare, San Rafael, CA; Marin Humane Society; and Wildlife Conservation Network, Los Altos, CA.