Filoli Hires Chief Development Officer and Appoints Three New Members to Board of Directors

Garden Gate

Nonprofit organization increases strategic focus on fundraising and philanthropy

WOODSIDE, Calif., January 22, 2021 Filoli Historic House and Garden, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the last country estates reminiscent of the Gilded Age, today announced the hire of Ryan Pasco as Chief Development Officer, a newly created role on the organization’s leadership team. With more than 12 years of direct professional experience in fundraising, Pasco will oversee a comprehensive development function that engages donors and builds an institutional culture of philanthropy as a sustainable financial resource for the nonprofit. Filoli also announced today that Tabitha Almquist, Joyce Hammel, Margaret London have joined the Filoli Board of Directors as members.

“At Filoli, we are very excited to start this year with great hope and a sense of calm as we evolve as an organization and engage our visitors in our mission,” said Kara Newport, Chief Executive Officer of Filoli. “While 2020 certainly had its challenges, we are grateful that we had the strategic plan and guiding principles to chart a clear path with the support of our board along every step. We are thrilled to welcome Joyce, Margaret, and Tabitha to the board and that Ryan will bring his energy and expertise to our leadership team to help secure Filoli’s financial strength and sustainability.”

“It is truly an honor to join this wonderful team,” said Ryan Pasco, Chief Development Officer at Filoli. “I look forward to meeting the many members and donors who make Filoli such a special place.”

Originally from Ohio, Ryan began his career in development at the Victoria Theatre Association in Dayton. He has held progressive roles in development at relevant nonprofit organizations including the Detroit Zoo, the Dayton Art Institute, and Maple Knoll, a senior community. Prior to joining Filoli, Ryan most recently served as the Director of Philanthropic Giving for the NorthBay Healthcare Foundation in Fairfield, California. Ryan holds a BS in Business Administration and Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. He and his wife, Brittany, have three children and currently live in Vacaville.

The Filoli Board of Directors is responsible for the governance and support of Filoli Center as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It is composed of individuals from the local area that are committed to Filoli’s mission of connecting our rich history with a vibrant future through beauty, nature, and shared stories. This year, Tabitha Almquist, Joyce Hammel, and Margaret London have joined the board.

Tabitha Almquist is the Chief Administrative Officer at the National Trust for Historic Preservation and serves as its ex officio representative on the Filoli Board of Directors. She has served in multiple senior leadership roles at the National Trust for Historic Preservation for two decades. Prior to taking on the role of Chief Administrative Officer, Tabitha served as Chief of Staff for two CEOs (Richard Moe and Stephanie Meeks), developing her skills of nonprofit management, governance, and fundraising. She supported both CEOs in various ways through the development and implementation of fundraising campaigns, including a $300 million comprehensive campaign and the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund. Tabitha holds a BA in Journalism from The George Washington University and currently lives in the Washington, DC area.

Joyce Hammel is a longtime member of Filoli and recently retired as the Director of Diversity, Inclusion & Strategic Organization Development from University of California, San Francisco. Joyce is a member of Filoli’s Diversity, Equity, Accessibility & Inclusion (DEAI) Task Force. She brings decades of experience in all aspects of human resources management and strategic organization development. Joyce has practiced and honed her approach of identifying risks and problem areas early, and either preventing issues from arising or facilitating mutually beneficial solutions. She is a life coach and has served as a community mediator, professional facilitator, certified investigator, and skilled trainer. Joyce holds a BA in Clinical/Medical Social Work from Kent State University.

Margaret London was born in Carmel-by-the-Sea and currently resides in Atherton with her husband Craig. She and Craig own Woodside Farm Vineyard and also work in the farming industry in California’s Central Valley. Margaret is a longtime community volunteer, and she has been active in both the Atherton Junior League and the Atherton Garden Guild.

For more detailed information about the Filoli Leadership Team or 2021 Board of Directors, please visit:

Ryan Pasco
Ryan Pasco

Tabitha Almquist
Tabitha Almquist

Joyce Hammel
Joyce Hammel

Margaret London
Margaret London

Filoli 2021 Board of Directors

Executive Committee

David Wollenberg, President

Carol Moran, Vice President

Ron Peyton, Treasurer

Mary White, Secretary

Carolyn Daley, Past President

David Wessel, Collections Committee Chair

Board Members

Jaleh Daie

Don DeFever

Robert Fountain

Joyce Hammel

Margaret London

Sapna Marfatia

Kara Newport, CEO of Filoli Center

Bob Nibbi

Willem Racké

Barb Seipp

Laura Simonds

Michael Smith

Leslie Witt

Jeff Yoder

Nancy Young

Alan Zafran

Tabitha Almquist, National Trust for Historic Preservation Representative

COVID-19 Precautions

Filoli is open daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm with limited admission every day. All tickets, including member reservations, must be purchased online in advance. Please visit for ticket information and visiting guidelines. Visitors follow a one-way path through the expansive Garden, historic House (if open), and Estate Trail and are expected to adhere to all local guidelines for social distancing. Face coverings must be worn in accordance with local requirements at all times. 

About Filoli 

Located south of San Francisco in Woodside, California, Filoli boasts 654 acres of beauty nestled along the slopes of California’s coastal range. Originally built as a private residence in 1917, Filoli was opened to the public in 1977 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The property is considered one of the finest remaining country estates of the 20th century, featuring a 54,000+ square-foot Georgian revival-style mansion, 16 acres of exquisite English Renaissance gardens, a 6.8-acre Gentleman’s Orchard, and a nature preserve with eight miles of hiking trails. Filoli is dedicated to connecting our rich history with a vibrant future through beauty, nature and shared stories, so that one day all people will honor nature, value unique experiences, and appreciate beauty in everyday life. For more information about Filoli, visit


Filoli Historic House & Garden
86 Cañada Road
Woodside, CA 94062
(650) 364-8300