Vernetta Griffin is a nonprofit professional and mentor with 17 years of experience and demonstrated success in non-profit and fundraising organizations. She is a native of Los Angeles, CA and currently resides in Pasadena. Vernetta earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology, minor in Chemistry from Morgan State University, which is also where she became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Vernetta also completed her master’s degree in Public Administration from Villanova University.
Vernetta has worked many years with at-risk females and foster youth, and those with special needs, and has been an advocate supporting fundraising and educational efforts for child abuse prevention. She has been a licensed foster parent/caregiver since 2007.
Currently, Vernetta is Senior Director of Clinical Major Gifts, overseeing philanthropy for Women’s Cancers, a signature program for City of Hope National Cancer Hospital and Research Institution. Previously, she served as Director of the Transformative Gifts Program. In this role she supported the strategic planning and implementation of donor solicitations of $5M or more. These solicitations were in support of cancer and diabetes research, clinical fellowships, medical programs, and capital campaigns relating to the institution's mission and expansion. She also currently serves as Chair of Connecting People of African Descent (CPAD) for Hope, one of City of Hope’s diversity, equity and inclusion resource groups for employees. This group partners with the organization’s leadership to address issues and support efforts around increased diversity and inclusion.
On a personal note, Vernetta is the mother to two sons, 17 and 22. The oldest serves in the U.S. Marine Corp. and the youngest is a coder in training. In her free time, Vernetta enjoys music, game nights and working out with her sons.
- LLA 2021Current LLA Fellows