About Me

Tonya Hennessey

My Experience

I’ve been a foundations and major gifts fundraiser in the Bay Area and international nonprofit sector for more than two decades. I’ve worked with a range of local and global environmental and human rights organizations like Greenpeace International, where I helped pioneer fundraising from foundations across the organization for a decade beginning in the mid 1990s and was instrumental in securing some of the earliest funding for iconic markets-based campaigning like the Great Bear Rainforest Campaign. I’ve worked in staff and contract positions with CorpWatch, Greenpeace USA, the American Himalayan Foundation, Amazon Watch, The Watershed Project, and more. 

Over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to work with colleagues in corners as far-flung as Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, Malta, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Switzerland, and Thailand.

Story

A freelance writer and non-profit professional long based in the San Francisco Bay Area, I’m a transplant originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. After I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I took off to travel for a few years in Europe, Asia, and South America. This trip left me in wonder at the world’s varied cultures, landscapes, and, of course, food.

When I moved to San Francisco back in the early 1990s, I met Greenpeace and the nonprofit sector. I was immediately hooked on good causes. And on fundraising to help power the work. Two and 1/2 decades later, I’m combining my passion for travel and fundraising with my passion for the written word and photography. It’s an ideal union. Culinary, cultural, and sustainable travel top the list of my writing interests.

I’d love to talk with you and see if we’re a good match to take on some good works and creative ventures together.

Strengths

I’m a team player whose strengths are bringing a passionate, well-formulated, and clear voice to writing, a meticulous eye to editing, a collegial approach to collaboration, and the discipline to work both independently and in-house. I’m available for both short and long-term projects.

Education

I have a B.A. in East Asian Language & Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an M.A. in International Policy and Nonproliferation Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. 

As part of my graduate education I served a six-month International Professional Service Semester internship in the Office of Disarmament Affairs at the United Nations. In this role I had the honor of serving as a Junior Political Affairs Officer within the UNODA Secretariat during the month-long 2005 Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Certifications and Memberships

I am certified in Website Content Audits by American Writers and Artists, Inc. I’m also a member of the:

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