Rich Talmo, one of three founders of Ascend Partners Group, has recently retired from his role as Executive Director of the Palomar College Foundation (San Diego, California) and has assume a full-time assignment with the firm.
He brings more than 35 years of experience, which includes holding senior level positions with the American Cancer Society, San Diego State University, Menlo College, Chabot College and most recently with Palomar College in northern San Diego County.
His accomplishments include substantial success in major gifts, annual giving, and capital campaign projects. He has experience in building organizations from the ground floor. He is also an experience executive recruiter and coach to many professionals managing careers.
Rich enjoyed a 10-year relationship with Palomar College and was recently honored by his College colleagues and community members for his accomplishments and contribution to the region. He was credited with raising over $25 million during his tenure, while managing an endowment that grew by 28% under his direction.
Rich has hit the ground running with assignments in the Cayman Islands (Special Needs Foundation and the University College of the Cayman Islands). He is also working with North County Health Services (San Diego County).
During his career Rich held many leadership roles throughout the state of California. He served as a board member of the Network of California Community College Foundations for 10 years and as President of the Board in 2010. He has served as a Rotarian in San Marcos California since 2007 and as President in 2013 and 2017. He has also served on several Chamber of Commerce Boards and has volunteered with youth organizations throughout his career.
Talmo earned his Associate of Arts degree from El Camino College and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from San Diego State University.