Carol Schimke (Shim’ key) describes herself as a network weaver, someone who develops intentional relationships that become a force for good. Carol has worked in the Pájaro Valley nonprofit sector since 2002 and is experienced in advancing organizational missions through strategic planning, fundraising and grant development, community network development, and outcome evaluation. As a consultant for 12 years, Carol provided these services to many local organizations. During the latter six years, beginning in 2008, she also co-founded and served as Executive Director of Breakaway, a Watsonville-based youth development and education organization. In that role, by necessity, she began her career in philanthropy, When Breakaway closed in 2014, Carol turned full-time to philanthropy, first working with Island Conservation, a global nonprofit working to prevent the extinction of species on islands, and then in 2018, transitioning to the Corporate and Foundation Relations office at UC Santa Cruz where she served as Associate Director and then Interim Director. She began as Development Director with the Community Health Trust in March 2021.