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Luis Chabolla Named HAF Director of Donor Engagement

Humboldt Area Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Donor Engagement Director, Luis Chabolla. Mr. Chabolla will begin his role with the Foundation mid-April.
Humboldt Area Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Donor Engagement Director, Luis Chabolla. Mr. Chabolla will begin his role with the Foundation mid-April.

Mr. Chabolla returns to Humboldt County having served 17 years at Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, where he was most recently the Communications Director. Luis was also previously the Development Director for the Mexican Heritage Corporation, and the executive director of La Raza Galleria Posada in Sacramento. In his Humboldt County days, Luis was a radio host on KHSU as well as the Outreach Coordinator for Humboldt State University Center Arts.

Mr. Chabolla received his B.A. in Comparative Literature from San Francisco State University. He brings a wealth of knowledge in nonprofit communications and marketing, governance and fund development.

Chabolla said: “Like other community foundation throughout the country, I see the Humboldt Area Foundation as a leader in promoting positive change through innovative and responsive local philanthropy. I’m honored to be able to return with my wife Chris to an area I love and to join a great team dedicated to helping charitable people, businesses and nonprofits work together for a greater good. I look forward to meeting and talking with many of you in the coming months.

“We are thrilled to have Luis joining the foundation,” said Patrick Cleary, executive director for Humboldt Area Foundation. “His skills and experience are a great match for what we were looking for in a new director of donor engagement. I worked with him while he was at Community Foundation Santa Cruz County and have always been impressed by his professionalism and commitment to philanthropy. I am glad we were able to lure him back to Humboldt County.”

Cleary added, “We had many excellent candidates apply, which is deeply gratifying, though I wish we could have hired several of them. It is a tribute to the great work of the foundation that we had such a robust pool to choose from.”

Julie Fulkerson, Humboldt Area Foundation Board Chair “Though I haven’t seen Luis for many years, I remember him well. His love of life and community lighted up those around him. We are fortunate to have him return. It is perfect timing and a great match for the important work we do in our region.”


HAF will host an opportunity for donors and community members to meet Mr. Chabolla in May, dates and times to be announced soon.


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