Senior level executive. Writer. Blogger. Mother. Wife. Daughter. Sister. Widow. Cancer survivor. Community advocate. Friend. These are just a few of the roles Rhonda Cagle defines with tenacity, grit, compassion, grace, and humor.
Rhonda is a self-made woman who, through hard work, has become a chief-level officer for a national nonprofit K-12 education organization. She currently leads the communications, government relations, and fundraising functions for this $300 million organization with more than 3,000 employees.
An entrepreneur at heart, Rhonda was previously the founder of a marketing communication practice serving faith-based and education nonprofit clients for more than 20 years. She earned the trust of her clients by consistently raising friends and funds for statewide and national clients before being recruited to her current national position.
Rhonda embodies strength and resiliency, inspiring many in professional and personal settings. In the past decade Rhonda has overcome many challenges, including: her daughter nearly dying in a medical emergency; the death of her spouse to cancer; a significant career transition; caring for her Alzheimer’s-afflicted mother-in-law; the loss of multiple family members to illness and her own diagnosis and defeat of Stage IIIB breast cancer. Through it all, she earned professional respect by improving brand reputation through effective crisis communication, positively influencing legislation, developing fundraising infrastructure, and serving as a tireless advocate for impoverished families.
Sharing candidly from her professional and personal journey, Rhonda’s written and spoken words are both transparent and transcendent, drawing purpose – even hope – out of pain. An accomplished essayist, Cagle has written a series of popular columns. Her column “Bits and Pieces” appeared in the Arizona Republic from 2011 to 2014. She also co-authored a column with her husband Lorenzo Sierra in the Spanish-language weekly La Voz. “The New American Family” was about the quirks of living in a mixed-culture family.
Rhonda’s writing can now be found here on her blog. She is also an occasional speaker in corporate settings, education forums, women’s retreats, and community groups.