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AFP 2014 Statewide Conference – Keynote Speakers

Vu Le, Project Director, Ranier Valley Corps & Non-Profits with Balls Blogger
We Are All Unicorns: Diversity and Cultural Competency in Fundraising

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Vu Le is the Director of the Rainier Valley Corps, a project in Seattle focused on developing immigrant and refugee leaders and organizations. Before that he was the Executive Director of the Vietnamese Friendship Association. He chairs the Southeast Seattle Education Coalition (SESEC). Vu’s passion to make the world better, combined with a low score on the Law School Admission Test, drove him into the field of nonprofit work, where he learned that we should take the work seriously, but not ourselves.
Known for his no-BS approach, irreverent sense of humor, and love of unicorns, Vu has been featured in dozens, if not hundreds, of his own blog posts at He is also the humor columnist for the awesome nonprofit online magazine, Blue Avocado.
In his free time, Vu watches way too much TV (Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Downton Abbey, Breaking Bad, 30Rock, The Golden Girls), and spends time with his wife and baby boy during the commercial breaks.


Jay Wilkinson, Founder & CEO, Firespring
5 Trends Shaping a New Reality for Non-Profits


Jay Wilkinson is the founder and CEO of Firespring, a Nebraska-based marketing and internet services company with more than 3,000 clients on 5 continents. Jay has educated thousands on topics ranging from marketing to technology to the internet. As a board member of several nonprofits, he understands the importance of utilizing the web as a tool to communicate and build relationships with constituents. He has appeared on CNN and other news programs discussing how emerging technologies affect nonprofits and is considered a leading authority on the proper use of the web as a tool to enhance the core mission of any enterprise.

Francisco Aguilar
General Counsel

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Francisco serves as General Counsel for Agassi Graf, the management company for Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf, and the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education. He is responsible for communications/media, marketing, government and legal affairs. Prior to joining Agassi Graf, he served as Senior Counsel at Southwest Gas Corporation, Special Counsel to the Chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education, and as a lawyer for the parent company of the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, KSN Channel 3 and 16 other NBC affiliates.

In May 2004, he graduated from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law with a Juris Doctor as well as from the University of Arizona Eller Graduate College of Management with an MBA. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and accounting from the University of Arizona where he was elected to serve as Student Body President representing 35,000 students.

Francisco is a member of the Nevada, California, and Arizona Bars. He also serves as a member of the board of directors for Sletten Construction Company, the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, the University of Arizona James E. Rogers Law College Board of Visitors, and the Marshall Foundation in Tucson, Arizona.

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval recently reappointed Francisco to the Nevada Athletic Commission which regulates boxing and mixed martial arts. He currently serves as Chairman of the Commission.

Joan Garry, Joan Garry Consulting

Things I’ve Learned from Watching Ellen


For nearly a decade, Joan Garry served as the Executive Director of GLAAD, one of the largest gay rights organizations in the country, where she launched several successful media campaigns, including GLAAD’s successful campaign to lobby the New York Times to include same sex wedding announcements in its Style section. She later acted as the co-chair of Barack Obama’s LGBT Finance Committee during his 2008 presidential campaign.

Joan now works with nonprofit leaders, assisting with crisis management, executive coaching and the building of strong management teams to support the work of the CEO. She also teaches nonprofit media strategy as a professor at the Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Pennsylvania, and is a blogger for The Huffington Post.

Joan’s nonprofit work began after 14 years in executive positions in corporate entertainment, including her role as a member of the management team that launched MTV in 1981.