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Maya Dunne

Principal - Maya Dunne + Associates

Board/Governance, Evaluation/Measuring Success/Impact, Executive Coaching/Organizational Development, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Management of Staff/Teams and/or Projects, Strategic Partnerships/Networks

Maya Dunne


Maya Dunne supports non-profits, individuals and cities as they enter into adaptation and new strategic direction.  During her career, she has created innovative program models, and co-created solutions to the challenges non-profits and communities face.

With over 30 years of experience, Maya has extensive experience in the intersections of low-income community needs, non-profit organizational growth and philanthropy. She is familiar with political and community contexts; supporting public policy, non-profit organizations and women leaders. Examples include the start-up of organizations such as the California Health Work Force Alliance and CIELO, a project in Huntington Beach supporting low-income community members starting new businesses.  She has been a key leader in strategic planning for several grassroots community organizations including the Mojave Desert Land Trust, St. Jude Neighborhood Community Clinic and the OC Human Relations.  She has supported international organizations working on community health and community development, especially in Mexico and Central America.

Prior to this, Ms. Dunne was the CEO/President of the St. Joseph Health System Foundation (SJHSF), where for 10 years she initiated new grant strategies in prevention, community leadership development, grassroots collaboration, international funding, and health access from the perspective of the social determinants of health. Under her ten-year tenure at St. Joseph’s, $15 million in grants were distributed a year to non-profit organizations. She is a co-founder of one of the southland’s first funder collaboratives--the Orange County Health Funders Partnership.  This model began with a small group of funders supporting a first-ever Diabetes Initiative, with advocacy for policy change.

In the public sector arena, she served as a Director of Policy and Planning at both the City of Los Angeles Housing Department and Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, supporting new program development and legislative solutions. She served as Executive Director and Co-founder of non-profits, such as the Kennedy Commission, OC Fair Housing Council and the OC Public Law Center.  Ms. Dunne completed her Master’s degree in Urban Planning from UCLA with a focus on Social Development Policy.   Maya served as Adjunct Faculty for the School of Social Work at USC.

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