Very rarely do we meet someone with such a rich set of experiences: educator, curriculum writer, stockbroker, writer, speaker, philanthropist & singer. It is even more rare to find such a strong entrepreneurial drive in someone with her list of accomplishments. Joy is a careful listener with a sharp intellect, offers great insight & opinions & is able to challenge the status quo with grace. Her enthusiasm rivals that of any Silicon Valley wonder kid, but unlike those peers, her focus on strategic planning & her commitment to philanthropy make her a true Joy!
— Tom & Deb Feo, Principals & Co-Founders, Healthcare Control Systems, Inc.

Experience & Qualifications


CeeGee's Gift, a Novel

  • Winner Many Books, Best Young Adult Fiction, April 2019

  • Winner Writers' League of Texas, Best Young Adult Fiction, 2010

  • As a One Act Play, Winner & Audience Choice Award, San Juan Islands Playwright's Festival, 1992

You Don't LOOK Sick! Living Well with Invisible Chronic Illness with Dr. Steven Overman, 1st edition 2005, 2nd edition 2012

Service & Professional

Professional Philanthropic Advisor,  April 2017 to Present

  • With Rodman & Associates, 2017-19, supported varied clients in achieving their philanthropic goals

  • Qualified to represent clients in nonprofit, family, foundation, and business philanthropy

  • Services include researching donor priorities, designing giving models and assessing impact

  • Experience in 501c3 formation, governance structure, donor communications, strategic planning and program development

MINDPOP, Development Director, January 2014 to April 2017

  • Responsible for raising 70% of $500,000 annual budget

  • Over 90% of grant applications resulted in awards totaling nearly $850,000

  • In 3 years, doubled contributed income with parallel growth in donor base.

ZACH Theatre, Board President 2011-2013, Trustee 2004 to 2019

  • During term as President, successfully completed $22+ million capital campaign to build & open 420-seat ZACH Topfer Theatre

  • Chair 5-Year Strategic Planning & Management Evaluation Committees, 2013-14

  • Chair Board Policy Task Force and Transition Team, 2011-12     

  • Chair Membership Committee, 2007-2009

  • Chair Education & Education Vision Committees, 2005-07, Member, 2004-present

  • Member Finance Committee

Non-Profit Founder, Board Director, Consultant 2007 to present

  • Interstitial Cystitis Association, McLean, VA, Board Director, 2013-2016,

  • A Legacy of Giving, Austin TX, Founder, Board Director 2005-09, Consultant 2011

  • San Juan Island Community Foundation, WA, Founder, Board Chair 1997-2000,

Financial Advisor 1980-1994, Vice-President Investments, 1987

  • Hired by Merrill Lynch in 1980, recruited by Smith Barney, 1984

  • Managed over $100 million in client assets

  • Designed diverse investment portfolios for high net worth & inexperienced investors

  • Taught MBA Investing course at California Lutheran University & Skagit Valley College

Arizona State University, Instructor & Regional Curriculum Specialist, 1970-1981

  • Instructor ASU Department of English, Composition, 1975-80

  • Curriculum Specialist, K-12 ‘Blueprint for Communication’ adopted by 3 districts serving 33 schools in Tempe AZ, 1979-80

  • Language Arts Curriculum Consultant for Arizona State Department of Education, 1978-79

  • Published 6 articles on the teaching of English, Cited for Outstanding Contribution to Education, Arizona State Department, 1980


Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy®, American College of Finance, 2017

PhD, Curriculum & Instruction, Language Arts, Arizona State University, 1981

Master of Arts, British & American Literature, Arizona State University, 1977

Master of Arts, Education, Secondary English, Arizona State University, 1974

Bachelor of Arts, Education, Secondary English, Arizona State University, 1969

I am a witness. Joy Selak gets things done. She thinks ahead while embracing lessons of the past. These two qualities are essential to success in community leadership. I served for many years with Joy on the San Juan Island Community Foundation Board. Her leadership and efforts were the building blocks for a thriving organization.
— Jim Skoog, Trustee San Juan Island Land Bank, Former Trustee San Juan Island Community Foundation