Founding Board Member and Former Chair Art Chapman moves to Tahoe Fund Council of Special Advisors; Meg Sandman joins Board of Directors
TAHOE CITY, Calif. (Jan. 21, 2020) – The nonprofit Tahoe Fund today announced that founding board member and former board chair Art Chapman will step down from his board role and join the Tahoe Fund’s Council of Special Advisors alongside former Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and former Tahoe Fund board member and long-time Tahoe advocate Steven Merrill. This change comes at the same time Meg Sandman, a seasoned technology and operations executive with significant experience in fundraising, has joined its board of directors.
A Tahoe Fund board member since the nonprofit’s inception in 2010, Chapman was instrumental in building support for the organization from the private community and federal and state leaders. Under his leadership as Board Chair, the Tahoe Fund welcomed President Obama to Tahoe as the organizing sponsor of the 20th annual Tahoe Summit. Chapman also helped develop and grow the $1 for Tahoe program, enlisting the support of Tahoe businesses to help in the mission of the Tahoe Fund. During his tenure, the Tahoe Fund celebrated the groundbreaking of the Tahoe East Shore Trail after raising more than $1 million from the private community for the project. .
“On behalf of the board, I’d like to thank Art for his leadership and tremendous contributions to the Tahoe Fund over the past 10 years,” said Katy Simon Holland, Tahoe Fund board chair. “The experience he has brought, and the invaluable contributions he has made have helped the Tahoe Fund contribute to the success of environmental projects that are helping to establish a sustainable future for Lake Tahoe.”
Going forward, Chapman will serve on the Tahoe Fund’s Council of Special Advisors, which was created to encourage the involvement of influencers who have demonstrated care and concern for Lake Tahoe and are willing to help advise and provide assistance to the Board of Directors. Specifically, members nominated to this advisory group will weigh in on the organization’s strategic direction, provide counsel on issues facing Lake Tahoe and help introduce other supporters and partners to the Tahoe Fund.
Prior to joining the Tahoe Fund board of directors, Meg Sandman held senior leadership roles at companies including UpCounsel, Inc., 2nd Address (formerly HomeSuite) and HotelTonight. She co-founded Dabble, a personalized shopping aggregator in 2014, and has developed extensive business strategy and fundraising skills throughout her career. Sandman is a graduate of Yale University with a B.A. in Psychology.
“As a fourth generation Californian with family history and involvement in the Tahoe area that dates back to my great grandparents running the Kit Carson Lodge near Kirkwood, I’m thrilled to join the Tahoe Fund’s board of directors,” said Sandman. “I am passionate about Lake Tahoe, and want current and future generations to all be able to enjoy this wonderful place that my family loves so very much. I am confident that my professional experience in areas such as fundraising, partnerships, team building, and operations will allow me to add value to the Tahoe Fund board and the projects it supports.”
“Meg is a perfect fit as a member of our board of directors,” said Simon Holland. “The experience she brings — specifically as it relates to business strategy and fundraising — is sure to be a tremendous asset to the organization.”
The Tahoe Fund is a nonprofit organization that supports environmental improvement projects that restore lake clarity, expand sustainable recreation, promote healthier forests, improve transportation and inspire greater stewardship of the region. Learn more about the Tahoe Fund and its current and completed projects at www.tahoefund.org.