Janice Gleason Skow, Vice Chair

Janice Gleason Skow started her career as a fundraising, marketing and management consultant for not-for-profit organizations in the 1970’s. Her clients during the next 25 years ranged from Norman Vincent Peale and Jerry Falwell, to hospitals, universities and conservation organizations, the American Red Cross and local humane societies.

Her particular specialty was direct mail fundraising, and donor communications. Skow received her Master of Business Administration degree in finance from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. She has served on the board of the Jane Goodall Institute, the Orlando Opera Company, the Florida Hospital Foundation and Wildlife Concern International, in addition to her 17 years of service to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.

As a wildlife conservationist, she helped to preserve a 50,000-acre habitat in northern Kenya, which was the home of the largest elephant migration on private land in Kenya. She initiated development projects for people living around this protected area, including a school, a library, a scholarship program, and a clinic which provides the only medical care for 600 square miles. Skow lives in Carmel, California when she is not in Africa.

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