Former MINDPOP development director founded two nonprofits, was ZACH Theatre president
AUSTIN, Texas—Rodman & Associates, an Austin-based philanthropic advisory firm, announced that in April, Joy Selak, Ph.D., joined the team to help individuals, families and organizations plan their giving in ways that are strategic and impactful.
Selak has more than 20 years in nonprofit leadership at organizations including Austin’s MINDPOP, ZACH Theatre, and A Legacy of Giving, which she and a group of Austin leaders founded in 2007 with a mission to grow a new generation of philanthropists among the students of Central Texas.
As a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®), Selak is a member of a growing network of top planners working to make philanthropy more effective and dynamic for generations to come. The CAP certification has been awarded to nearly 1600 candidates nationwide from the American College of Financial Services.
The robust curriculum is designed to build expertise in areas including legacy and family giving, fundraising strategies and board and non-profit assessment. Selak is the third candidate to earn the CAP in Austin.
Over the last three years, Selak served as the development director at MINDPOP and assisted the Austin nonprofit in raising funds to meet their mission to ensure students have access to the arts and learn in creative classrooms. During this time, she also served on the National Board of the Interstitial Association in Washington DC and was Fundraising Chair.
From 2011 through 2013, Selak was president of Austin’s ZACH Theatre during the capital campaign and building of the Topfer Theatre, and chair of the organization’s five-year strategic planning effort. In her 12 years of board tenure at ZACH, she has served as chair of the education, membership and executive committees and led task force groups to develop a vision for ZACH’s education programs and create a board policy manual.
Prior to her nonprofit career, Selak served as a vice president of investments at Morgan Stanley-Smith Barney where she and her husband managed over $100 million in client assets and opened a new office for the firm on San Juan Island, Washington. In 1997, with the support of a matching donor, they founded the San Juan Island Community Foundation, which serves a community of 8,000. The foundation continues to receive strong community support, completing a goal in 2013 to raise $10 million to build the Peace Hospital on the island and awarding nearly $190,000 in college scholarships to graduating seniors in 2016.
Lisa Rodman, founder and principal of Rodman & Associates, said that Selak’s experience and record of leadership are invaluable for Austin and the organizations that serve this strongly philanthropic community.
“Joy Selak has a wealth of knowledge about every aspect of the nonprofit world, and an unsurpassed understanding of community and philanthropic needs,” Rodman said. “What makes her background even more powerful is her experience as an investment advisor. As with making smart financial investments, she knows the importance of helping donors make strategic and effective philanthropic decisions.
“When those two aspects come together, everybody wins – the nonprofits that fulfill critical needs and depend on support, and the donors who choose to engage in philanthropy rooted in meaning, purpose and social impact,” Rodman said. “Joy knows how to accomplish that.”
Selak’s role at Rodman & Associates is focused on assisting individuals, families and organizations in identifying philanthropic priorities, assessing community needs and establishing giving structures for greatest effect and benefit. As a philanthropic advisor, she helps her clients articulate and advance their highest aspirations for self, family and society.