Biggest career achievement to date: Seeking funding to support a program called The Lusubilo Orphan Care project in northern Malawi, which today cares for nearly 9,500 children who have been orphaned or whose futures are vulnerable due to HIV.
Deirdre Evans is responsible for ensuring that the Orange County Council of the Boy Scouts of America raises enough money annually to serve its mission and attain financial stability. This equates to $2.7 million in gifts annually and growing the endowment. She also oversees all development-related activities. Evans, who has an MBA in finance, has worked in international aid for nearly eight of the last 15 years and traveled throughout Africa, South America and Central America. In 2012, she looks forward to the successful completion of The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center, a $32 million capital campaign.
What I like best about what I do: “I am always proud to be a part of an organization that makes such a positive impact on the lives of our youth.”
20 WOMEN TO WATCH
Introduction by Executive Editor Steve Churm
Nancy W. Dahan ≈ Dr. Carol A. Taylor ≈ Mildred García, Ed.D.
Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana, Ph.D. ≈ Carrie Williams
Lisa Taylor ≈ Dr. Jody Agius Vallejo ≈ Shelley M. Hoss
Trinka Rowsell ≈ Deirdre Evans ≈ Dimetria A. Jackson
Ria Marie Carlson ≈ Tammie McMann Brailsford, RN
Donna Boston ≈ Margie Evashenk ≈ Dede Barbanti
Mari Kurtz ≈ Cozette Phifer Koerber
Sarah Reinertsen ≈ Sandra Bolton
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