Relationship Building: The Key to Nonprofit Leadership (Siobhan Davenport)

April 2022

Are you advancing your skills to be the kind of strong leader the nonprofit sector needs? In episode #155 of Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership, we talk with Siobhan Davenport, a phenomenal industry leader with more than fifteen years of experience serving underserved youth and someone who understands the advantages of these skills. Discover the benefits of developing a personal board of directors and how this foundational network of advisors can support you through the various crossroads faced while navigating your career path. Learn how to authentically communicate your mission to others as Siobhan discusses the vital skills needed to build strong relationships that will guide you throughout your career.  As a busy nonprofit executive herself, Siobhan articulates her best self-care practices and organizational routines others can easily implement into their active daily regimen. 

"Authentic communication of your mission leads to strong and abiding relationships within your community."




Siobhan Davenport was named President & CEO by the Crittenton Board of Directors in February 2019, bringing more than fifteen years of experience serving underserved youth. In her previous role as Crittenton's Director of Strategic Partnerships, she built collaborations between schools, nonprofits, and corporations to better meet Crittenton girls' challenges and launched the Declare Equity for Girls: It's Time campaign. As the Executive Director of the Rocksprings Foundation from 2002 to 2018, Ms. Davenport oversaw the foundation's impact by investing in economic and educational opportunities for low-income families and youth. Prior to that, she served as the Senior Producer and Host for On the Potomac Productions, including the acclaimed series "The New Washington." She serves as a commissioner for the Maryland Governor's Commission on Service and Volunteerism and sits on the Advisory Council for Ascend at the Aspen Institute. Ms. Davenport holds a master's degree in journalism from American University.



About PMA Nonprofit Leadership 

As a firm, PMA Nonprofit Leadership is constantly developing content and programs to help you in three distinct ways.  The first way is to help you be a thought leader in the nonprofit sector by producing weekly content through our podcast Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership. The second way is through individual coaching, training and our unique Mastermind Nonprofit Leadership program. The third way is to help your nonprofit organization through support of its strategic planning, board & staff development, and fundraising. Through our exclusive partnership with the Institute for Philanthropic Leadership, we also  guide aspiring nonprofit leaders through the virtual New Development Professionals cohort training program, as well as the annual Leadership Gift School, now entering its 10th cohort season.  Let us know how we can help you! Join our community by signing up for our free resources here, and schedule a call if you'd like to learn more about ways we can help you on your journey to nonprofit leadership.