Tya Ward, MSW
Director of Development
Tya Ward brings over 20 years’ non-profit experience—including 15+ years of resource development—to the role of Senior Director of Development for the Center for Environmental Health. Tya promotes client-centered and anti-racist fundraising practices and is strongly committed to social and environmental justice, especially at the intersections of gender, race, and poverty. Most recently, Tya served as YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley’s Chief Philanthropy Officer where she led a team to advance fundraising and communication priorities, raising $3.7M in private contributions in FY 20-21. Prior to this position, she was YWCA Silicon Valley’s Director of Grants, growing their portfolio from $1.2M to over $8M. Previously, she served as Development Director for Sequoia Parks Foundation (now known as Sequoia Parks Conservancy), increasing revenue through annual fund, acquisition campaigns, institutional giving, major gifts, events, and cause marketing. Tya’s experience also includes project management and development consulting for nonprofits, such as Girls International Forum, Point Reyes National Seashore Association, and Save the Redwoods League. Tya earned her undergraduate degree from The College of St. Scholastica and holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Washington. Born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota, she now resides in Petaluma, California, with her husband and two dogs. She finds joy in traveling, food, and spending time in nature (camping, hiking, and all things water-related).