Patrick Salazar

Founder & Board chair

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Patrick Salazar has more than 25 years experience in nonprofit senior management and consulting, specializing in fundraising, program development, evaluation, and communications.  His consulting has helped many nonprofit organizations build organizational capacity, and successfully navigate start-up and turnaround operations.  

In 2016 Salazar launched the Los Angeles regional operations of m/Oppenheim Associates, a national executive search firm that focuses exclusively on the nonprofit industry.  Salazar co-led searches that resulted in placing the CEO at Heal the Bay (Santa Monica, CA), the CEO at Discovery Children's Museum (Las Vegas), the Director of the Annenberg Space for Photography (Los Angeles), and the CEO at Episcopal Community Services (San Francisco). 

Salazar has held a broad range of senior staff and consulting roles with Latino-serving and other nonprofit organizations, including UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza), National Association of Hispanic Journalists, National Hispana Leadership Institute, Latino USA, Harry Truman Scholarship Foundation, Antioch University, University of Utah, Pierce College, and the Latino Donor Collaborative.  

Salazar served honorably in the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea (CV-43), and was decorated for service during the Iranian Hostage Crisis and the hostage rescue attempt in 1980. 

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business (Marketing) from the University of Utah, and an MBA at the University of Texas at Austin.

Salazar has served on the boards of the Chicano Scholarship Fund (Univ. of Utah), Utah Coalition of La Raza (Co-Founder), East LA Classic Theatre, and Santa Monica Alternative School House (VP Fundraising).