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Executive Assistant Manager

Arlington, TX
March 09, 2020

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Interim Executive Director Arlington, TX

Serve as top executive for local museum championing creativity and brining world-class art to DFW Metroplex

• Focus on connecting with donors, sponsors and partnerships beneficial to museum and preparing for $7M capital campaign; Paid off more than $100,000 in previous debts; Doubled membership since starting. BOYS TOWN 2018 - 2019

Regional Director of Philanthropy South Region

Served as top fundraising executive for nonprofit organization for 10 states across the South.

• Connected donors with Residential Program, National Hotline, Trade Life Program and other programs. ARLINGTON ISD EDUCATION FOUNDATION 2014 - 2018

Executive Director Arlington, TX

Served as top executive for nonprofit organization providing classroom instruction grants for AISD through campus and district-wide initiatives for STEM, reading/literacy, fine arts, social sciences, and at-risk students.

• Awarded Arlington Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Nonprofit Organization of the Year in 2017

• Worked with Board of Directors to produce record-breaking fundraising levels, including a 1200% spike in donations within three years; Distributed a record-setting $800,000+ back to AISD schools in first three fiscal years and from $1M total to $2.1M milestone.

• Secured largest one-time corporate gift to foundation of $100,000, ten times increase in endowment in first three years from $100,000 to $1.2M, secured $53,000 Pre-K grant from Sid W. Richardson Foundation,

$20,000 Bank of America grant, and expanded Board to include more diverse representation.

• Introduced 50% Employee Pledge Campaign Rebate to AISD campuses

• Diversified and converted fundraising program from events-only to include individuals, corporations and private foundations and also created Legacy Society, a new planned giving program.

• Managed an annual budget of $1.4M and supervised Executive Assistant. AMERICAN RED CROSS 2013 - 2014

Senior Major Gifts Officer North Texas Region

Cultivated relationships and secure individual major gifts primarily for local programs, including Disaster Relief, Blood Services, Services to Armed Forces, and International Services while adding members to annual giving societies like Tiffany Circle and Humanitarian Circle.

• Secured numerous major gifts, including a lifetime pledge with the Tiffany Circle for $150,000, a 144% spike in gifts for 2013 North Texas Giving Day, and $50,000 in gifts and pledges from Board Call-A-Thon.

• Exceeded annual fundraising goals with $200,000+ raised in holiday giving. WORLD VISION 2012 - 2013

Area Director North Texas

Built relationships and secured gifts routinely exceeding $25K with individuals, foundations, corporations and churches, holding responsibility for raising money for local programs.

• Secured numerous high-profile relationships; Built the major gifts program from the ground-up, enabling the organization to exceed all metrics for monthly, quarterly and annual goals. UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS 2009 - 2012

Director of Development College of Arts & Sciences Worked alongside university leadership, including the Dean, as well as with administrators, department chairs and faculty on fundraising objectives and priorities.

• Developed strategy to solicit the university's top prospects, placing focus on major gift development with the College of Arts and Sciences; Secured funding for the Military History Center, Texas State Historical Association and the newly-established UNT Castleberry Peace Institute, including securing more than $150K in initial gifts, as well as many follow-up gifts of $25K+. THE COLLABORATIVE (UPLIFT EDUCATION) 2007 - 2009

Development Director

Supervised overall development and fundraising for two Charter School Management Organizations: Uplift Education and IDEA Public Schools, including building relationships with foundations, corporations and major donors.

• Awarded a $100K grant from the George & Fay Young Foundation for the Road to College Program by identifying key individuals through various networks and connections to Advisory Boards. THE SALVATION ARMY, ALABAMA-LOUISIANA-MISSISSIPPI DIVISION 1992-1996; 1998-1999 Public Relations Director Jackson, MS

Recruited to lead resource development and marketing strategies for Corps Command Centers and Service Units throughout both divisions, overseeing the revision of website information, dissemination of emergency grams and fund appeals for all disasters, and coordinating the National Christmas Kettle shoot with Wal-Mart in the area.

• Successfully created new outreach resource tools to small media outlets, coordinating all public information and marketing that spanned fundraising videos and print collateral.

• Teamed with local Salvation Army communities to conduct detailed development audits and advisory board training.

THE GLADNEY CENTER FOR ADOPTION (THE GLADNEY FUND) 2005 - 2006 Director of Foundations & Major Gifts Fort Worth, TX Accountable for building and developing relationships with foundations, corporations and major donors, including helping to raise money for various annual funds, initiative and programs, both domestically and internationally.

• Raised $1.4M for various funds by writing more than 75 foundation proposals in more than one year, working alongside the Advisory Board to develop leads and donor prospects. CUMBERLAND PRESBYTERIAN CHILDREN'S HOME 2004 - 2005 Director of Development Denton, TX

Sole representative for the development department, holding responsibility for all fundraising and public relations functions for the Children's Home, including overseeing the $6M capital campaign.

• Exceeded the $6M campaign goal by $300K by identifying, cultivating and leveraging strategic relationships with key decision-makers at various grant programs. EARLIER CAREER SUCCESS

Earlier success can be seen in collaboratively raising $1M+ in 4 months for CASA of Collin County and communications and media as a TV anchor/reporter from 1988-1992. EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Communications, University of Southern Mississippi

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