Beth Strachan

Beth among the flowers.

executive vice president

Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: if you're still alive, it isn't. — Richard Bach

Beth has spent over 25 years as a professional do-gooder, and in 2008 she put that moxie to use by opening Metropolitan Group’s San Francisco office. She is passionate about helping progressive social change organizations tell their stories and drive revenue while building long-term relationships with their stakeholders.

Her smart communication strategy has helped launch several public will building campaigns, including efforts to accelerate the transition to 100 percent clean energy in the U.S., and to change social norms so that creative expression, arts and culture are embraced as a recognized, valued and expected part of everyday life. She is a skilled coach in resource development and diversification, and in addition to helping raise over $55 million, has provided counsel on campaigns ranging from advocating for comprehensive immigration reform to building West Hollywood’s Library Park to organizing to confront poverty’s root causes. Building expertise in her clients is at the heart of her work, and she has led technical assistance and training programs for the LGBTQ community, public health associations, and foundations’ grantees. Her sweet spot is projects that combine strategy, communication and fundraising for clients working at the intersection of social justice, environment and public health.

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Beth’s MG client roster has included American Public Health Association, Center for Community Change, the City of San Jose, Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Horizons Foundation, National Immigration Forum, National Recreation & Park Association, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), Sierra Club and Women’s Foundation of California.

Prior to joining MG, Beth served as director of development for VolunteerMatch, where she assessed the fundraising potential of the organization’s user base and was instrumental in launching a $10 million capital growth investment campaign. She also served as director of development at the Breast Cancer Fund, working to build and diversify the organization’s fundraising strategy, and as associate director with Earth Island Institute’s Bluewater Network project, managing its transition from a fiscally sponsored project to an independent nonprofit. Beth was formerly director of marketing at Working Assets (now Credo), one of the nation’s pioneering socially responsible businesses, and worked in audience development at thread, inc., a boutique branding and strategic communications agency. Her work in cause marketing for the Breast Cancer Fund and LUNA Bar was recognized with two national awards.

Beth holds a bachelor’s degree in creative and technical writing (and actually puts it to use professionally!). She is the vice chair of the board of the Alameda County Community Food Bank. She’s no slouch in the kitchen and can shake up a mean cocktail, too.