Joy Selak, PhDJoy Selak, PhD, CAP®


Joy Selak comes to Rodman & Associates with experience in education, finance, nonprofit leadership, strategic planning and fundraising. She is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy®, a graduate level certification earned through the American College of Financial Services. As a CAP®, Joy has the knowledge and skills needed to help her clients identify and address their philanthropic priorities while bringing to the task an understanding of organizational models and needs.

With two Master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Joy has experience formulating and presenting learning plans that are developmental, effective and measurable, an asset in the design and assessment of giving programs. During 14 years as an Investment Advisor, Joy was a Vice President Investments with Smith Barney and, with her husband, managed over $100 million in assets, specializing in diverse portfolios tailored to their individual clients’ interests and needs.

As a nonprofit leader, Joy has been a founder, trustee, officer and development director. In Austin, Joy was a founder of A Legacy of Giving, a non-profit organization with a mission to grow a new generation of philanthropists among the students of Central Texas. As founder and board President of the San Juan Island Community Foundation, she developed the organization’s grant making, award, evaluation and record keeping protocols. In over 15 years of service on the ZACH Theatre board in Austin, Joy has led multiple committees and served as Board President as the organization completed the $23 million capital campaign and the opening of the Topfer theatre.

Published Author

If you or your children are discussing being gifted, the importance of generosity, or what it means to leave a legacy, Joy’s book CeeGee’s Gift will not only engage you in a story that will inspire and entertain, it will help start a conversation between the generations on these important issues.

If you are interested in purchasing a personalized copy, they are available directly through Joy for $20 plus shipping.

Books are also sold at Amazon Hardbacks, at $21.95 plus shipping, with paperbacks and ebooks available.
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“I had the good fortune to work with Joy Selak in the design, implementation &, eventual operation of the Austin nonprofit, A Legacy of Giving. We were strangers brought together for this unique project. During this time, it was a pleasure to watch Joy wear multiple hats. She is a creative thinker, not afraid to take calculated risks always within the context of team ownership. Joy understands leadership & practices leading with heart & head. She gets things done while bringing out the best in others. Colleagues, whether staff, volunteers or board members look up to her as she inspires confidence & radiates respect. Communication is a strength; Joy writes & speaks effortlessly, understanding & connecting with her audience. Her skills & varied experiences would be a gift to any organization.”

Dr. Judith Knotts, CEO
Coach Vistage Group

“Joy’s talents span the best of both worlds: strategic thinking balanced with the sensitivity to mentor & empower both volunteers & staff. Her work at ZACH has encompassed virtually every aspect of the theatre’s needs during a pivotal time in the organization’s development. She has taken on ever-increasing leadership roles & has truly been an agent for change & growth in our Education & Membership Committees, & most recently as Board President.”

Elisbeth Challener
Managing Director
ZACH Theatre

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