2018 Piper Fellow Trinity Donovan

“AZCEND has experienced tremendous growth in recent years. As we help people on their journeys toward prosperity, one major roadblock is finding meaningful employment that allows people to support themselves and their families. How do we address this barrier with an opportunity to strengthen our organization and establish a new funding stream? How do we equip ourselves to respond to emerging opportunities to further serve our community and utilize people’s strengths in this process? The Piper Fellowship will allow me to explore these questions, further develop skills and knowledge, and put practical tools in place that will strengthen our employees, our programs, and the people we serve.”

– Trinity Donovan, CEO, AZCEND

Trinity Donovan serves as the CEO of AZCEND, a nonprofit that helps people as they move from crisis to stability and ultimately to prosperity. Working in nonprofit leadership positions for the past 19 years, her areas of focus have included hunger and homelessness, early childhood, senior programs, financial stability, and youth development. Donovan also served two terms as a councilmember for the City of Chandler and has represented the city on a regional and national level in areas of human services, transportation, water, and sustainability. Donovan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and a Master’s Degree in Sociology—both from Stanford University. She is a graduate of Valley Leadership, a Phoenix Business Journal Forty Under 40 awardee, and has served on a variety of boards and commissions.

Through her fellowship, Donovan will explore successful social enterprise models in order to bring an additional source of revenue to AZCEND and provide jobs for participants to support themselves and their families. She plans to attend the Stanford Social Entrepreneurship Executive Program and to visit successful social enterprises throughout the U.S. Seeing the value in positive psychology and increased engagement, Donovan will complete the Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing through the Langley Group Institute and focus on positive leadership, positive HR, positive parenting, and positive communities. She will attend the StoryBrand workshop to improve her storytelling and messaging skills, and also attend a creative writing retreat as a time for reflection.