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Yale Abrams is an experienced management consultant for businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Areas of expertise:

  • general management
  • strategic planning
  • marketing
  • fund development
  • organizational development
  • board development
  • meeting facilitation
  • community relations

Yale was the president and chief executive officer of the United Way of Sonoma-Mendocino-Lake from 1995 to 2002. Prior to that, he was president of Abrams Thompson Inc., a local marketing/advertising firm. Before founding Abrams Thompson, he was the vice president for sales and marketing at Data 3 Systems, Inc., a computer software company. Yale also held the position of adjunct professor of marketing at the Santa Rosa Junior College.

Yale has been active in the community since he came to Sonoma County in 1976:

  • United Way loaned executive, campaign volunteer, and corporate board member before becoming president and ceo
  • Santa Rosa Symphony Association past president and director
  • Sonoma State University Enterprises, Inc. board of directors
  • Sonoma County Workforce Investment Board
  • Blood Bank of the Redwoods board member
  • Sonoma County Family YMCA
  • Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce board member
  • World Affairs Council of Sonoma County board member
  • Sonoma County Vision member
  • Sonoma County Job Creation Task Force.
  • Santa Rosa Rotary Club member and past president

Educational background:

  • Pennsylvania State University, B. S. Degree in Business Management
  • Temple University, M.B.A. in Marketing



Terry Abrams is a skilled management consultant who works with business and nonprofit clients to build and sustain their organizations.

Areas of expertise:

  • marketing
  • strategic planning
  • organizational development
  • fundraising: capital, major donor & annual campaigns and grant writing
  • retreat facilitation
  • event coordination

Terry brings a breadth of experience with businesses and nonprofit organizations of all sizes on a national, regional and local level. Over her career she has worked in San Francisco for an investment counsel firm, a national advertising agency, and Visa Headquarters in marketing and systems development, taught at a business college in Oakland, co-owned and operated Abrams Thompson Inc. marketing company in Santa Rosa, and served as development director for the Santa Rosa Symphony, prior to operating her management consulting business.

Her professional background as a business owner, consultant, and employee, combined with community involvement as a volunteer and board member, enables her to effectively and objectively work in diverse client environments.

For the past thirty years Terry has served the community on numerous nonprofit boards, committees and councils:

  • KRCB-TV/Radio, Sonoma County
  • EXCEL for Youth Advisory Council, Sonoma State University
  • Sonoma County Museum
  • Santa Rosa Symphony
  • Arts Council of Sonoma County
  • United Way of Sonoma/Mendocino/Lake
  • Leadership Santa Rosa
  • Leadership Santa Rosa Alumni Association
  • Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce
  • Piner High School
  • Mark West School

Educational background:

  • Pennsylvania State University, B.A.
  • Chamber of Commerce Leadership Santa Rosa
  • Western Business College, San Francisco