For 35 years, Operation Smile has built an end-to-end set of medical interventions that has delivered free surgeries to more than 240,000 children in 80 countries and strengthened ongoing medical care in their communities. Operation Smile has won more than a dozen national and international awards, including the first Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize.
To advance its ambitious agenda, Operation Smile recently worked with DRiWaterstone to identify a new Chief Development Officer to be the chief strategist and leader for a comprehensive, integrated fundraising program that includes mass market direct response programs, major gifts, corporate and foundation relations, strategic partnerships, and special events.
Today we congratulate Kendra Davenport for becoming this CDO. Kendra has 20 years of experience leading development programs, including 5 years as a C-suite executive. In her most recent role, Kendra led a 9-person staff and doubled funding to more than $8M at the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation as the CEO. She has personally raised 30% of the $20M unrestricted goal at Project HOPE. She has also previously led a development team of 12 people to raise $48M overall at Africare, while also managing operations and programs teams, which makes her the perfect candidate for Operation Smile.
DRiWaterstone wishes Operation Smile and Kendra Davenport success in their work together.
Reaching around the globe, DRi worked with the American Research Center in Egypt to find Louise Bertini as the next ARCE Director for Egypt.
A returning client, DRi recently worked with The American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) to find their current Executive Director and Director of Development. ARCE was formed in 1948 by a consortium of American educational and cultural institutions to assist American scholars conducting research in Egypt. Since 1993, it has expanded its role and worked in close collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development and Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities to conserve dozens of monuments and train hundreds of local archaeologists and architectural conservators. During Egypt’s civil unrest, ARCE provided much-needed conservation equipment after the Institute d’Egypte was burned. Besides conserving vital cultural sites, ARCE strengthens Egyptian-American relations through close collaboration between scholars and conservationists. Though its work and partnerships, ARCE is committed to preserving an irreplaceable birthplace of human civilization.
As part of its rapidly expanding impact, ARCE was in need of a full-time, regionally based Director for Egypt. The ARCE Director would not only have to be an expert on all things relating to Egyptian archaeology, but also be a confident and capable representative for ARCE’s extensive activities. Among many qualified experts, Louise’s expertise stood out. Holding a Ph.D. in Egyptian Archeology, Louise served as a Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo and has participated in over 20 archaeological digs, the majority being in Egypt. An ARCE member since 2003 and residing in Egypt for the last decade, Louise has worked with partners ranging from the State Department to PBS. Her experience as a spokesperson and recruiting partners will be essential for ARCE’s operations in Egypt.
It was a pleasure to work with ARCE once again and we wish Louise luck in her new role.
DRi was pleased to work with the White House Historical Association, a returning client, and identify Lucy Crowley as its new Director of Marketing. At WHHA, Lucy will play a key role in enhancing the understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the White House and its history.
First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy founded the White House Historical Association in 1961 to help the White House collect and exhibit the very best artifacts of American history and culture. WHHA was charged with funding the maintenance and refurbishment of the public rooms of the White House and serving as the steward of the White House’s fine and decorative arts, including both historic objects associated with the building and Presidency and significant works by various American and European artists and craftsmen. Today, WHHA’s acquisition, preservation, research, and education efforts continue through generous private donations and the sale of books, products, and the official White House Ornament.
Taking responsibility for promoting the Association’s wide range of cultural and educational programs, as well as retail items, the Director of Marketing ensures a consistent and compelling identity in all forms of external outreach. Lucy’s prior experience in compelling messaging will prove to be essential for WHHA. She previously served as the Marketing and Publications Specialist for American University’s Katzen Arts Center. In this role, she saw all marketing initiatives for 6 to 8 concurrent, rotating exhibits. During Lucy’s tenure, museum attendance has nearly doubled and the museum received over 130 press mentions in 2016 alone. Additionally, she served as a Communications Manager for the American Beverage Association, where she oversaw internal and external communications and messaging. Lucy received her M.A. in Arts Management and her B.A. in Art History from American University.
We were happy to have worked with the White House Historical Association again and wish Lucy success in her new position.
DRi recently partnered with The Guardian to identify Emily Cozart as the inaugural Director of Philanthropy for TheGuardian.org.
The Guardian has a 200-year commitment to exceptional reporting and investigative journalism. Its award-winning original coverage, from national security phone hacking to the Panama Papers, has consistently fought to hold power accountable and to make the world a better, fairer place. Based in the U.K., the Guardian began operating in the U.S. in 2011, bringing high-quality independent journalism and a global perspective to the most pressing challenges facing the country.
Adapting to numerous changes in the media landscape throughout its 200-year, its most recent initiative is TheGuardian.org, a new 501(c)3 nonprofit that will be dedicated to making philanthropic partnerships a reliable form of support for independent commercial journalism. Pursuing donors who recognize and appreciate the importance of preserving independent press that cutting-edge investigative reporting relies on, The Guardian seeks to provide a new funding model for all media organizations interested in advancing the public good. Additionally, the philanthropic partnerships The Guardian pursues ensures that all of its content is easily accessible, not behind a paywall, and available to all that are interested in the most pressing current events.
As a new enterprise, the Director of Philanthropy would have to be bold, enterprising, and effective. DRi and The Guardian quickly realized that Emily could be trusted with such responsibilities. Serving in a variety of development roles within Mother Jones, Emily possessed a proven ability to connect donors with editorial priorities. Before moving into development, she served as the Executive Director and Co-founder of WEdia, a start-up nonprofit that connected volunteer filmmakers and journalists with nonprofits around the world in order to spread visibility and awareness for critical issues. Emily received her J.D. from the Vermont Law School and her B.A. from the College of Charleston.
DRi was pleased to work with Emily and the Guardian and is honored to have played a part in their cutting-edge journalistic endeavors.
DRi is pleased to announce the placement of Sara Berman as AccessLex Institute’s Director of Academic Success and Bar Passage Programs.
Founded in 1983 as the Law School Assured Access Program with a mission to provide financial access for students admitted to law schools, today AccessLex Institute has broadened its mission to foster widespread access to quality law schools. AccessLex achieves this mission through research, policy analysis and advocacy, and direct services to students and schools. The heart of its efforts is the Center for Legal Education Excellence. Through the Center’s programs and services, AccessLex ensures students will be able to successfully apply, be admitted to, and complete their legal education programs. As the high-quality candidate pool for law programs becomes larger and larger, AccessLex is committed to ensuring that all motivated students from any background will have an equal opportunity to become a part of the next generation of legal professionals. A returning client, DRi recently has identified AccessLex’s next Executive Director of the Center for Legal Education Excellence and Director of Programs for Diversity. The Director of Academic Success and Bar Passage Programs would play a key role in ensuring that all students are prepared for law school and beyond.
Sara’s expertise in legal education and success programs made her an ideal match for AccessLex. She previously served as the Director of Critical Skills, Academic Support & Bar Passage at the Shepard Broad College of Law at Nova Southeastern University. Sara has been engaged in legal education and success programs for 19 years, and additionally served as a legal advocate for 8 years. Her extensive working knowledge of the legal field will provide students with valuable insights into their post-education career. Sara received her J.D. from UCLA School of Law and her B.A. from UC Santa Barbara.
We wish Sara much success in supporting and educating the future legal professionals of the country.
DRi is pleased to announce that Laura Willumsen will join the Shakespeare Theatre Company as its Senior Director of Development.
Having staged more than 150 innovative, vibrant productions, the Shakespeare Theatre Company is the leading premier classical theatre company in the nation. Focusing on works with profound themes, complex characters, and poetic language—written by Shakespeare, his contemporaries, and the playwrights he influenced—STC expands the classic theatre repertoire in America for all audiences. STC has entertained more than 2.5 million audience members, offered high-impact arts education and community engagement programs, and provided a home for today’s leading classical artists and a training ground for the next generation.
At the Shakespeare Theatre Company, artists and administrators alike share an impassioned respect for the power of artistic excellence to engage, entertain, and enliven audiences—and to forge community among them. Winner of the 2012 Regional Theatre Tony Award, and a leading partner in community engagement within the Penn Quarter and Capitol Hill neighborhoods, STC’s quality performances and outreach initiatives require an expansive development department. Its Senior Director of Development would have to not only be a passionate advocate for the arts but also a tireless manager that continuously raises the bar for success.
Both Laura’s experience and attitude made her the perfect match for Shakespeare. She previously served as a Major Gifts Officer for Smithsonian’s Freer & Sackler Galleries of Art, where she secured multiple 6- and 7-figure gifts and most recently led the development team to beat its $6M annual goal by 50% in 2016. Intimately familiar with the arts, her work in performing arts organizations spanned many years, and she served in senior executive positions within the Wheeling Symphony, the Pittsburgh Center for the Performing Arts, and the Pittsburgh Opera.
We wish both Laura and the Shakespeare Theatre Company success in bringing the performing arts to the DC community.
DRi congratulates Lieutenant General Robert Ruark and the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation for General Ruark’s appointment as MCSF CEO. A 36 year veteran of the Marines, General Ruark will continue his commitment to Marines and their families for the foreseeable future.
The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation was established in 1962 to honor Marines by educating their children. MCSF is the oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to military children, and the only scholarship program awarding 100% of all eligible applicants. In its over 50 year history, it has awarded more than 40,000 scholarships valued at nearly $120 million.
The next MCSF CEO would have to be just as innovative as he/she was dedicated. In the next decade alone, more than 100,000 children of Marines will graduate high school, and face ever-increasing costs of higher education. Applicants have grown more than 5% every year for the past decade, and a potential application growth rate of 7% is expected over the next 5 years. To meet this growing need, the next MCSF CEO would have to lead the development, communications, and events team in marshaling support from every possible opportunity.
From many qualified and impressive candidates, General Ruark emerged as the candidate who’s leadership, innovation, and passion would expertly guide the Foundation during this critical time. He most recently served as the Military Director to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. In this role, he oversaw a global staff of over 32,000 civilians, military personnel, and contractors. This role, along with General Ruark’s service as Director of Logistics for the Joint Staff and US Central Command, gave him an unmatched mastery of operational functions that the MCSF CEO would need to provide overall strategic guidance to the Foundation’s staff and finances. General Ruark received his B.S. from Miami University and his Masters of Military Studies from the Marine Corps University.
DRi was proud to work with the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and is eager to see the impact that General Ruark and the Foundation have on military families across the country.
DRi is happy to announce the placement of Tyler Kalogeros-Treschuk as World Food Program-USA’s Director of Individual Giving. As WFP-USA Director of Individual Giving, Tyler will play a significant role in helping millions of hungry individuals around the world.
A returning client, World Food Program USA supports the work of the World Food Programme and its global mission to alleviate hunger. One out of nine people in the world suffer from global hunger, and food insecurity’s destabilizing effects can multiply human suffering exponentially. To combat this, the World Food Programme provides about 80 million people located in 80 countries around the world with food and nutritional assistance every year. A mission with such a large global reach requires robust support. Contributing $20 million annually, WFP USA has played a critical role in the effort to alleviate global hunger. It possesses a diverse foundation of support, and utilizes individual giving, corporate giving, and special events. Additionally, it has utilized partnerships with businesses, the U.S. government, and ordinary Americans. The WFP-USA Director of Individual Giving would have to be a proven relationship builder who could effectively communicate WFP-USA’s mission to major donors.
Tyler’s experience and personality made him the ideal choice for this position. Holding development positions for the entirety of his professional career, he most recently served as the Deputy Director of Development for Food & Water Watch. Food & Water Watch champions healthy food and clean water for all, and through this Tyler was acutely aware of the food scarcity that millions around the world face. He was experienced in communicating this message to donors, and was more than capable of delivering this message at WFP-USA. He previously served as the Director of Philanthropy and Communications at the Charitable Aid Foundation of America, where he regularly interacted with high-profile Fortune 500 companies. This experience would be invaluable as he communicates the mission of WFP-USA to high-worth major donors. Tyler received his B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park, and his M.B.A. from the University of Maryland, University College.
DRiWaterstone was pleased to work with World Food Program-USA again and wish both Tyler and WFP luck in their future work.
DRi was pleased to work with Year Up and identify Jeanette Cotter as its next Senior Director of Philanthropy of the National Capital Region.
A returning client, DRi has worked with Year Up to improve their fundraising capacity and regional teams many times before, vital necessities for an organization such as Year Up. Year Up’s mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their full potential through professional careers and higher education. Through an intensive one-year training program that provides low income students with a combination of hands-on skill development, college credit, and corporate internships, Year Up ensures students have the structure and guidance to succeed.
The need for Year Up’s services are high. Operating in 16 locations across the country, the Washington, D.C. area provides a high concentration of donors and prospects. The Senior Director of Philanthropy of the National Capital Region would be required to engage and deepen relationships with a number of committed donors who seek to empower young adults. The donors in the DC area would play a key role in completing Year Up’s $100 million capital campaign that began in 2015.
It was clear that Jeanette would be more than capable of taking on the Senior Director of Philanthropy role. She had ample experience in development for youth organizations, serving as the Director of Development for District of Columbia College Access Program and as the Director of Foundation and Government Relations for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. Her record of engaging high-profile donors and forging deep working partnerships would be critical for Year Up as it seeks to expand its services to students. At the Boys & Girls Clubs, Jeanette tripled the number of foundation and government pipeline prospects, and she engaged major partners such as the Carnegie Corporation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Boeing Company, and Capital One. Jeannette earned her B.B.A. and her M.B.A. at American Intercontinental University.
We wish Jeanette and Year Up luck in closing the Opportunity Divide for good.
DRi is happy to announce the placement of Mike Cather as Chief Development Officer of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. As MCSF CDO, Mike will play a key role is the nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to military children.
The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation was established in 1962 to honor Marines by educating their children. It has awarded 40,000 scholarships valued at nearly $120 million in its over 50 year history, and has delivered impact far beyond tuition assistance. More than 90% of MCSF scholarship recipients graduate or are on track to do so, a rate at twice the national average. Many earn earn degrees in science, technology, engineering, math, and health science fields, leaving them poised to make significant contributions in fields critical to the military, to their communities, and to the nation.
The Foundation is the only scholarship program awarding 100% of all eligible applicants. In the next decade alone, more than 100,000 children of Marines will graduate high school, and the cost of higher education will only increase further. The next MCSF CDO would need to manage all aspects of a $19M development program and continuously identify and capitalize on opportunities for growth to meet growing student need.
It was apparent to DRi that Mike possessed all the qualities needed for the next MCSF CDO. He possessed 24 years of development experience, including 15 within higher-education institutions, and clearly understood the challenges and opportunities for students pursuing college degrees. Additionally, he was a development professional within the United States Naval Academy Foundation for 8 years, and was well-versed in representing the interests and needs of United States military personnel. Mike received his B.S. from Towson State University and his M.S. from the University of Maryland, University College.
It was a pleasure to work with the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and Mike, and we wish them luck in supporting our nation’s most esteemed families.
DRi was pleased to work with the American Association of University Women to identify Heather Miller as the next AAUW Planned Giving Director.
DRi has worked with AAUW many times to enhance their fundraising capacity, and worked together earlier this year on a leadership transition that focused on expanding AAUW’s non-partisan member engagement and advocacy in an increasingly polarized and inequitable socio-economic environment. DRi successfully recruited Kim Churches as the next CEO of AAUW.
A grassroots organization with members in every Congressional district in the U.S., AAUW enjoys a deeply embedded and far-reaching strength that can marshal resources at the local, regional, and national levels to build solutions around women’s most pressing needs. As the next AAUW Planned Giving Director, Heather will play a large role in recruiting these local sources of support.
Conducting over 1,200 Congressional visits in 2015 alone, and continuously publishing award-winning research in critical gender issues, support from its members is critical for AAUW. Many of AAUW’s over 170,000 members are life-long supporters of the association and have been at the forefront of fights for gender equality. The planned giving program, utilizing committed and enthusiastic members, contributes $1M annually to the development team’s overall revenue.
Heather previously served with the American Farmland Trust for 12 years, most recently serving as a Senior Stewardship Officer. In this capacity, Heather was responsible for the Farmland Forever legacy giving program, and was intimately familiar with passionate members and legacy giving. Her experience working with bequests, charitable gift annuities, and charitable remainder trusts at AFT would be essential for AAUW. She previously served as a development officer at the University of Virginia for 7 years, and was well-versed in academic affairs. Heather received her B.A. in French Languages and Literature from the Virginia Commonwealth University.
DRi was pleased to work with AAUW again and wishes Heather luck in her new role in the organization.
DRi was pleased to work with the National Park Foundation and identify Amelia Hellman as NPF’s Senior VP of Philanthropy.
DRi has worked with the National Park Foundation many times before, and was excited for the opportunity to help advance their worthwhile cause once again. More than 84 million acres of stunning landscapes, 18,000 miles of trails, and 67,000 historic structures all belong to the National Park System. Chartered by Congress in 1967, NPF is the only national charitable nonprofit whose sole mission is to directly support America’s national parks and the National Park Service. But NPF goes beyond just conserving and protecting America’s irreplaceable natural wonders. As part of their mission to Protect, Connect, and Inspire, NPF creates activities and programs that engages visitors in parks, and works to inspire the next generation of Americans who will be committed to preserving the nation’s public lands.
At the core of the National Park Foundation’s development mission is the belief that private citizens must do their part to preserve the beautiful lands that they have enjoyed for all future generations. NPF’s Senior VP of Philanthropy wold be required to tap into the generosity of individuals, foundations, and corporations, to protect the American heritage that is ingrained within the nation’s parks.
It was quickly apparent that Amelia was the top candidate for such a position. She had previously spent over 20 years within conservation organizations, including the American Land Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, the World Wildlife Fund, and most recently The Wilderness Society. Across these organizations, she spent the majority of her service in senior development positions, most recently serving as the Vice President for Philanthropy of The Wilderness Society for the past 5 years. Her philanthropy experience and unquestionable commitment to environmental preservation would serve Amelia well as NPF’s Senior VP of Philanthropy. She received her B.A. in English from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and her J.D. from the University of Denver.
We wish Amelia and NPF luck in their noble conservation pursuits.
DRi is pleased to announce the placement of Noelle Deihl-Harteveld as Operation Smile’s Northeast Director of Development.
DRi has worked with Operation Smile on numerous occasions to help develop their regional fundraising programs. An organization with a cause and scope of Operation Smile makes a robust regional fundraising program essential. Operation Smile works around the globe to repair children’s cleft lips and cleft palates. Every 3 minutes, a child is born with one of these conditions, which can lead to malnourishment, speech impediments, and social ostracism. Operation Smile seeks to address this, and has delivered more than 240,000 free surgeries to children and young adults. All Operation Smile missions include training and education for local medical professionals, creating a truly self-sustaining model that seeks to ensure that no child cannot have access to surgery.
Operation Smile’s Northeast Director of Development would be responsible for organizing and energizing a base in one of the nation’s largest donor markets in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and the surrounding states. Someone who is as passionate as Operation Smile and is as organized as its global missions would be required maximize its impact. Noelle emerged as the ideal candidate whose expertise in fundraising, identification with health missions, and knowledge of the area would be a perfect fit for Operation Smile. Possessing over 2 decades of major gift fundraising in the tri-state area, she additionally previously served in 4 Director-level roles with various organizations. During her tenure in her previous position as a major gifts officer at the Foundation for the Morristown Medical Center, the size of the major gift program tripled, and this growth is exactly the sort that was needed for building Operation Smile’s Northeast regional program. Noelle received her B.S. from Syracuse University.
DRi was honored to partner with an organization with such a noble mission, and we wish Noelle and Operation Smile the best in their worldwide efforts.
DRi was happy to identify Laura Rheintgen as ARCE’s Director of Development.
A returning client, DRi recently worked with The American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) to find their current Executive Director. ARCE was formed in 1948 by a consortium of American educational and cultural institutions to assist American scholars conducting research in Egypt. Since 1993, it has expanded its role and worked in close collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development and Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities to conserve dozens of monuments and train hundreds of local archaeologists and architectural conservators. During Egypt’s civil unrest, ARCE provided much-needed conservation equipment after the Institute d’Egypte was burned. Besides conserving vital cultural sites, ARCE strengthens Egyptian-American relations through close collaboration between scholars and conservationists. Though its work and partnerships, ARCE is committed to preserving an irreplaceable birthplace of human civilization.
Laura joins ARCE at an exciting time in its history as it prepares to celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2018. As ARCE’s Director of Development, Laura is required to maintain a network across multiple fields, including the academic, art, and historical sectors. High-profile research and cultural institutions, including the British Museum, the American University in Cairo, Princeton University, and the University of Notre Dame, are among ARCE’s members, and are utilized to recruit both support and visibility to ARCE’s endeavors. With its high-profile and extensive work, the next Director of Development of ARCE would need to be as dedicated as the organization.
Laura’s past experience would serve her well in this position. She possessed over 20 years of development experience, with the majority of it in prominent international organizations, including the Center for Strategic and International Studies, The European Institute, and the United States Institute of Peace. Her B.A. in German and International Studies from West Virginia University, along with her M.A. in International Affairs from American University, also gave her a thorough understanding of the issues ARCE confronts daily.
We wish Laura and ARCE luck in their vital work preserving the past for all future generations.
DRi is pleased to announce the placement of Chris Rotella as the next CRFB Director of Development.
The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget is a nonpartisan, non-profit organizations that is one of the leading voices for fiscal responsibility and budget reform. Originally formed by two former Members of Congress from opposite political parties, CRFB has confronted lawmakers from both sides of the aisle on difficult budget realities for over 30 years, and has produced top-quality, nonpartisan research to educate the general public on fiscal policy impacts. With its expert analysts and policy recommendations, CRFB has been mentioned thousands of times within leading media outlets including The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, NBC Nightly News, CBS Face the Nation, and many others. As the public face of the organization, CRFB President Maya MacGuineas provides regular commentary on budgetary issues and plays an active role in the organization’s fundraising efforts. The next CRFB Director of Development would have to work closely with Ms. MacGuineas in order to achieve the Center’s development goals.
With such a large profile, CRFB requires a wide base of support to support its programs, research, and outreach to policy makers. The Director of Development would lead a diverse department that focuses on major donors, foundations, dozens of annual special events, and a portfolio of nearly 200,000 individuals that have shown an interest in CRFB’s work and fixing the country’s debt issues. Chris emerged as the candidate whose expertise would be a natural fit for CRFB. He spent the last 10 years in various development departments within The George Washington University, working with senior leaders to build and expand donor pipelines. His experience packaging the work of program directors and researchers to donors at GWU made him a perfect fit for collaborating with CRFB’s policy analysts. His B.A. in Political Science and M.B.A. in Finance from GWU gave him the perfect background for communicating budget issues to prospective donors.
It was a pleasure to work with CRFB and we look forward to seeing their impressive analyses in the news and all around the DC area.
DRi was pleased to identify Rachel Patterson as AccessLex Institute’s Director of Programs for Diversity. She will play a critical role in AccessLex’s mission of advancing accessible, affordable, and valuable legal education.
Founded in 1983 as the Law School Assured Access Program with a mission to provide financial access for students admitted to law schools, today AccessLex Institute has broadened its mission to foster widespread access to quality law schools. AccessLex achieves this mission through research, policy analysis and advocacy, and direct services to students and schools. The heart of its efforts is the Center for Legal Education Excellence. Through the Center’s programs and services, AccessLex ensures students will be able to successfully apply, be admitted to, and complete their legal education programs. As the high-quality candidate pool for law programs becomes larger and larger, AccessLex is committed to ensuring that all motivated students from any background will have an equal opportunity to become the a part of the next generation of legal professionals. AccessLex Institute’s Director of Programs for Diversity would be the leader in testing and implementing bold new initiatives that increase the diversity of law students.
DRiWaterstone identified Rachel’s knowledge as essential to AccessLex. She gained firsthand experience in Law School admissions by serving as the Assistant Director of Admissions for Georgetown Law. In a short time, she assisted in the review and rendering of decisions for over 10,000 applications. Prior to this, Rachel served as a Program Director for the Law and Leadership Institute, LLC, where she identified and implemented initiatives that prepared high school students for post-secondary and professional success. She also spearheaded diversity pipeline research while serving as the Assistant Director of the Association of American Law Schools. Her experience in student support, program development, and diversity research would all be critical for AccessLex and its Programs for Diversity.
Rachel received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, her Master of Science in Teaching from Pace University, and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
We wish Rachel and AccessLex much success in their groundbreaking student support.
DRi is pleased to announce the placement of Kristen Palumbo as Carnegie Science’s Senior Manager of Foundation Relations.
Established with Andrew Carnegie’s substantial $1 billion endowment, the Carnegie Institution for Science has long been at the forefront of scientific discovery. Free from external funding’s pressures or interests, Carnegie scientists are able to pursue their own initiatives and discoveries.
Even Andrew Carnegie himself could not have imagined the extent of his institution’s discovery in its over-100 year existence. Today, Carnegie scientists are leaders in the fields of astronomy, Earth and planetary sciences, genetics and developmental biology, global ecology, materials science, and plant biology. The institution’s scientific potential will soon outpace and outgrow Carnegie’s endowment. Under the direction of President Matthew P. Scott, the institution resolved to create a best-in-class fundraising program that would match and sustain its world-class research.
A strong base of foundation support is critical for any private fundraising program. DRi identified Kristen as an ideal candidate who could unlock the potential of foundations as Carnegie Science’s Senior Manager of Foundation Relations. She spent the previous 4 years at the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering, building relationships with both foundations and corporations. In this capacity, she worked closely with researchers and professors to communicate their needs and priorities, and this invaluable experience would be needed as she works with the trailblazing scientists at the Carnegie Institute. Her experience authoring highly technical proposals, involving chemical and biomolecular engineering, energy, and cybersecurity, will be critical as she recruits support for the work of Carnegie scientists. Kristen received her B.A. in Sociology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and her M.S. in Landscape/Sustainable Design from The George Washington University.
DRi was pleased to partner with the Carnegie Institution for Science and wishes Kristen and all their new development officers the best of luck in their scientific endeavors.
DRi is pleased to announce the placement of Milan Karol as Carnegie Science’s Senior Manager of Individual Giving. Milan will play a key role in Carnegie’s new, robust fundraising program.
The Carnegie Institution for Science has been a staple of scientific research for over 100 years. First founded in 1902 with an endowment from Andrew Carnegie, researchers from the entire spectrum of scientific fields have been allowed to independently carry out their work here, beholden to only discovery instead of outside donors. Andrew Carnegie’s sizable endowment has supported the work of the Institution since its establishment, but in the present day when scientific discovery knows no bounds, additional resources can produce unlimited gains for researchers. Under the direction of President Matthew Scott, Carnegie Science set about recruiting multiple candidates to create a dedicated development program in order to create a best-in-class fundraising team that is comparable to its world-class research teams. DRi has helped multiple non-profits build their development programs from the ground up, and was eager to find the right candidates that could do the same at Carnegie. It became clear that Milan would be more than capable of enticing donors with Carnegie’s groundbreaking research.
As Carnegie Science’s Senior Manager, Milan will be a key player in expanding the Institution’s research and work. His commitment to scientific endeavors was unquestionable; he had previously served as a development professional at the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins University. The rapport Milan built there with senior medical researchers and the insights he gained from seeing scientific progress first-hand was a clear indication that he would be able to translate the Carnegie Institution’s continued advances in scientific discovery into continuous support from donors.
DRi wishes Milan and Carnegie Science luck as they continue to produce unprecedented scientific discoveries for the benefit of all of humanity.
DRi is pleased to announce the placement of Meredith Weiss as the next Director of Development Operations at World Food Program USA. As WFP USA Director of Development Operations, she will play a key role in the near future as the organization makes a dedicated effort to increase it revenue goals to bolster an enduring American legacy of feeding families in need around the world.
World Food Program USA supports the work of the World Food Programme and its global mission to alleviate hunger. One out of nine people in the world suffer from global hunger, and food insecurity’s destabilizing effects can multiply human suffering exponentially. To combat this, the World Food Programme provides about 80 million people located in 80 countries around the world with food and nutritional assistance every year. A mission with such a large global reach requires robust support. Contributing $20 million annually, WFP USA has played a critical role in the effort to alleviate global hunger. It possesses a diverse foundation of support, and utilizes individual giving, corporate giving, and special events. Additionally, it has utilized partnerships with businesses, the U.S. government, and ordinary Americans. WFP USA’s Director of Development Operations would need to coordinate multiple different aspects of fundraising to implement a single, cohesive development program.
It was clear that Meredith had the eye for detail and coordination that a WFP USA Director of Development Operations would need. She was previously the Director of Development Operations for The ALS Association, where she planned and implement the organization’s fundraising program that supported a $40 million annual operating budget. Working across multiple departments, her initiative and foresight increased revenue and reduced costs. Her commitment to address global suffering was clear, as Meredith served as a Disaster Fundraising Associate for the American Red Cross. Dedicated and innovative, DRi knew that Meredith’s skills would fit WFP USA and the position perfectly.
Congratulations to both Meredith and World Food Program USA.
DRiWaterstone is happy to announce the placement of two Ocean Conservancy Senior Portfolio Managers. Jean Hillstrom and Alexandra South will be responsible for a comprehensive docket of foundation and government grants and donors that conserve our planet’s waters.
Ocean Conservancy works to create sustainable solutions for the planet’s oceans and the millions of people around the world that depend on their waters. Oceans produce the air we breathe, the food and water we eat and drink, are home to an unequaled amount of biological diversity, and are under sever stress.
DRi had to find not just one, but two incredibly passionate individuals that could support Ocean Conservancy’s vital work. These individuals would not only have to be knowledgeable of the intricate grant writing and application process, but also apply this to the technical work that Ocean Conservancy conducts. It was clear from Jean and Alexandra’s prior experience that they would be just as trailblazing in their work as Ocean Conservancy is in its work.
Jean previously spent nearly 20 years at Leidos/Science Applications International Corporation, and was responsible for writing competitive contract proposals worth as much as $450 million. Her Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Johns Hopkins University and role in Leidos/SAIC, which specializes in technology, engineering, and science, makes her skills perfectly suited to Ocean Conservancy’s needs.
Alexandra brings to Ocean Conservancy her thorough experience interacting with foundations and an unmatched knowledge in public policy organizations. She spent 9 years within Human Rights Watch, most recently serving as Associate Director of the Foundations and Program Liaison Office. In this capacity she was responsible for raising nearly half of Human Rights Watch’s $80 million operating budget. Her Masters degree in Cultural Anthropology with a concentration in global relations will no doubt be invaluable, as the security of the world’s oceans require a global solution.
As Ocean Conservancy Senior Portfolio Managers, Jean and Alexandra’s knowledge will be essential to the planet’s delicate ocean ecosystems. We wish both managers and Ocean Conservancy luck in such a noble mission.
DRiWaterstone is pleased to announce the placement of Natalie Champ as Carnegie Science’s Manager of Donor Relations. Natalie will serve an integral role in Carnegie Science’s new comprehensive fundraising program.
The Carnegie Institution for Society lives up to its motto of “to encourage discovery and the application of knowledge to the improvement of humankind.” Established with Andrew Carnegie’s substantial $1 billion endowment, Carnegie Science has long supported independent researchers at the forefront of scientific discovery. These researchers have made contributions to everything from the discovery of dark matter to the development of Pyrex glass. Free from external funding’s pressures or interests, Carnegie scientists are able to pursue their own initiatives and discoveries.
Even Andrew Carnegie himself could not have imagined the extent of his institution’s discovery in its over 100 year existence. Today, Carnegie scientists are leaders in the fields of astronomy, Earth and planetary sciences, genetics and developmental biology, global ecology, materials science, and plant biology. The institution’s scientific potential will soon outpace and outgrow Carnegie’s endowment. Under the direction of President Matthew P. Scott, the institution resolved to create a best-in-class fundraising program that would match and sustain its world-class research.
Matching groundbreaking scientific work being no small task, DRi knew that Carnegie Science’s Manager of Donor Relations would have to have the same trailblazing attitude as its research. Natalie emerged as the ideal person who could bring Carnegie Science’s fundraising, and by extension its research, to the next level. Her ability to comprehend and translate the intricacies of conservation to donors within The Wilderness Society was a clear signal that she could use the complexities of scientific research at Carnegie to engage and enthrall donors. Natalie’s prior experience as a science and math teacher would no doubt aid her ability to communicate scientific priorities to donor audiences. Her inquisitive attitude and questioning nature with colleagues made it clear that she would develop a thorough understanding of Carnegie Science and its work quickly.
We look forward to hearing of Natalie and Carnegie Science’s groundbreaking discoveries in the future.
DRi was happy to work with Year Up Chicago to find Rachel Wind as their next Director of Development.
Year Up provides empowering services to low-income young adults to help them learn and develop their professional skills. After only one year, students are ready to enter the professional workplace after being exposed to Year Up’s academic and professional programs. After developing their technical skills in the classroom, young adults gain practical, hands-on experience at an internship at one of Year Up’s corporate partners.
DRi has worked with Year Up many times before, and knew what kind of candidate was needed for the position at Year Up Chicago. The next Director of Development would not only need an intimate knowledge of Chicago and its philanthropic environment, but would also have to effectively communicate how donors’ dollars will directly impact youth adults who strive for success and whose motivations are insatiable. We knew that Rachel and Year Up Chicago was a match that could not be bested.
Her father was a pastor, and Rachel has recognized the importance of service to others since she was a child. After serving in multiple development positions throughout Chicago, constantly raising revenues and expanding donor bases, Rachel served as the Director of Philanthropy at Youth Outreach Services, a Chicago non-profit that works with teens and young adults to promote healthy and safe living habits. DRi knew that Rachel had a thorough understanding of the challenges and obstacles that young adults can face, and that she could use her increased understanding to convince donors of the need to give youth all the support possible. A native of Chicago, Rachel received her Bachelor’s from St. Olaf College and her Master’s of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
We congratulate Rachel and Year Up Chicago and look forward to hearing all of their accomplishments from the Midwest.
DRi is pleased to announce Amy Stanfield as the next Vitamin Angels Senior Vice President of Operations. A returning client, DRi was happy to work with Vitamin Angels once again to find a candidate that meets their high standards.
Amy will uphold an impressive reputation at Vitamin Angels. In only 20 years, Vitamin Angels has become the second-largest non-profit mobilizer and distributor of vitamin A in the world. This work is critically needed, as there are over 190 million children under the age of 5 around the world who suffer from vitamin A, iron, and zinc deficiency. For such a valuable mission, a person with deep knowledge of the corporate environment was needed to manage more than 120 national and international corporate partners to Vitamin Angels. Amy’s previous record in the corporate world, as well as her ability to forge impressive and innovative partnerships, made her an exceptional candidate for the position.
Vitamin Angels is defined by its innovative approach, which allows it to reach the unreachable worldwide. Amy has shown constant innovation throughout her 17-year career in marketing and market development for global brands. DRi and Vitamin Angels were convinced that Amy could bring this same brand promotion to Vitamin Angels. Amy had previously served as the Global Marketing Director of Liv Cycling and held several positions with Deckers Outdoor Corporation. She has worked with high-profile partners in multiple roles, and laid the foundation for several long-lasting partnerships. In her position as Vitamin Angels Senior VP of Operations, she will be responsible for enlisting corporate support and ensuring that Vitamin Angels’ lifesaving work is known across the country and around the world. Amy earned her BS at the University of Nevada, Reno.
DRi wishes Amy and Vitamin Angels success in all their future projects and partnerships.
DRi is happy to announce and congratulate Colleen Zakrewsky as the next Chief Development Officer for FINCA International. As the next FINCA CDO, Colleen will play an instrumental role in empowering enterprising individuals and communities around the world.
DRi and FINCA worked hard to find the right candidate that could effectively manage the deep responsibility of the position. The CDO of FINCA would be required to bridge the donor and impact investment world to support programs of global reach. All facets of fundraising, including small donors, major gifts, foundations, and grants, as well as investments from the public and private sectors are needed to support FINCA’s work. Just as FINCA uses its resources to achieve projects that create ripple effects in communities around the world, the next FINCA CDO would need to creatively utilize massive returns in funding.
DRi identified Colleen as the perfect candidate who could achieve these impressive rates of growth. She had consistently secured large gifts for her organizations and possessed a collaborative nature with both senior leaders and large staff that would ideally serve FINCA’s needs. Her previous experience living in Côte d’Ivoire for a year gave her unparalleled experience with the local populations that FINCA seeks to directly connect with.
Additionally, Colleen has a long history of serving the underserved. During her extensive 25-year fundraising career, she has served multiple roles within the American Red Cross and the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Most recently, she served as the Vice President for Marketing, Development, and Communications at Women for Women International. Her marketing and development experience in that role would make for a seamless transition with the private and public donors of FINCA. Colleen received her Bachelor’s Degree from Bucknell University and her Master’s Degree in Strategic Communications from American University.
DRi looks forward to hearing of the worldwide impact that Colleen and FINCA will accomplish together.
After an extensive search, DRi is pleased to announce Joyce MacDonald as Greater Public’s President and CEO.
Greater Public provides national leadership in the development of innovative business practices that help communities sustain high-quality public media. With over 250 public media members, it is poised to play a leading role in fostering the sector’s creative response to rapid industry changes—including but not limited to threats of federal funding reductions, the sale of university radio stations, and shifts in demographic media usage patterns.
Joyce replaces longtime Greater Public President Doug Eichten, who led the organization for over two decades. After working in tandem with Mr. Eichten, Joyce fully assumed her President and CEO duties on May 15th. Working from a strong foundation, as Greater Public’s President Joyce will lead the network in creating and evolving innovative financial models for nonprofit media stations, and continue Greater Public’s reputation as a pioneer of new methods in the sector.
DRi identified Joyce as a passionate advocate for public media, as her career in the sector spans more than 18 years. Paul Jacobs, Greater Public’s Board Chair, praised Joyce’s experience, versatility, and understanding of the sector’s obstacles. Before moving to Greater Public, Joyce served in a number of rolls at NPR, advancing to be the CEO of National Public Media and serving as Interim President. She possessed invaluable experience in communicating with network affiliates that would be critical to the success of Greater Public’s President. Joyce was serving as the Vice President of Journalism for the Corporation of Public Broadcasting when DRi identified her as a perfect fit for Greater Public’s needs. She earned her B.S. in Business Administration from Stonehill College before receiving her M.S. in Broadcast Administration from Boston University’s College of Communication.
DRi looks forward to seeing all the accomplishments that Joyce and Greater Public accomplishes together.
DRi is delighted to announce the placement of Kimberly Churches as the new AAUW CEO.
AAUW and DRi worked together this year on a leadership transition designed to expand AAUW’s non-partisan member engagement and advocacy in an increasingly polarized and inequitable socio-economic environment.
A grassroots organization with members in every Congressional district in the U.S., AAUW enjoys a deeply embedded and far-reaching strength that can marshal resources at the local, regional, and national levels to build problem-solving communities around women’s most pressing needs. While this strength has been the backbone of long-lasting networks among AAUW’s long-time members, AAUW has also been at the forefront of program development for a next generation of women who enjoy a wealth of new opportunities but also confront persistent challenges to their ability to take advantage of them. As the new AAUW CEO, Kimberly Churches will lead AAUW’s efforts to build inclusive communities that meet these challenges.
Kimberly comes to AAUW from the Brookings Institution, where as Managing Director she strategically guided the public policy organization, providing vision and problem-solving skills, expansive partnership-building and external relations, and fundraising. Before joining Brookings, Kimberly served as Associate Vice Chancellor at the University of Denver, Director of Development at the University of North Florida, and Division Director at the American Heart Association. She has extensive experience working collaboratively on education (K–12 and higher education) as well as capacity building among grassroots groups and national and international nonprofits. Kimberly earned her BA at Florida State University in English Education and the Certified Fund Raising Executive affiliation in 2002.
DRiWaterstone looks forward to hearing about the great work that Kim and AAUW do together in the coming years.