Debra Ponder-Nelson's responsibilities are to expand and
diversify the Foundation’s revenue base, grow scholarships, and increase
student emergency funding by increasing community awareness and building
Previous to accepting the position at the Metro Tech Foundation, Debra served as the Vice President of Corporate Sales and Client Services for the Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council (SMSDC) for the past two years. She was responsible for generating revenue from corporate recruitment and retention and growing financial sponsorships in Oklahoma, Southwest Texas, and New Mexico. She also served as the President and CEO of the Oklahoma Minority Supplier Development Council (OMSDC) a statewide nonprofit organization for 23 years. She spearheaded the overall planning, development and implementation of programs and services to enhance the mission and outreach effort of the council by fostering business relationships and building alliances between major corporations and hundreds of minority businesses in the state of Oklahoma. Debra was responsible for recruiting and retaining local and national major corporate members and recruiting and retaining Oklahoma minority businesses for certification. She facilitated and built collaborative partnerships and relationships with chambers, businesses, resource agencies, community and political leaders, individuals, volunteers and stakeholders to help achieve the goals of the organization. In order to secure financial stability for continued viability for the OMSDC, Debra executed revenue generating programs and services, secured sponsorships and successfully wrote and secured state and private grants.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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