deandra hicks

director of development

DeAndra joined Breakthrough Silicon Valley in July 2018 as Director of Development. A seasoned and versatile fundraiser, DeAndra comes to us from UC Santa Cruz, where was Director of Leadership Annual Giving. She has also held key fundraising roles at the Fistula Foundation and Ocean Conservancy: she spent seven years at the latter directing the organization’s membership program and leading efforts to promote planned giving and major donor cultivation. DeAndra has also served as Director of Development Operations for American Farmland Trust and as Manager of Development Operations at World Wildlife Fund, where she focused on cause-related marketing and individual and institutional giving. DeAndra holds a degree in international relations from American University, and is also a first-generation college graduate.