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Introducing Two Ocean Conservancy Senior Portfolio Managers

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.

DR 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.

 

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DRi is pleased to announce the placement of Julie Roberts as the new Kentucky Center VP of Development.

The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts has served as a cultural beacon in historic Louisville since 1983. Serving as a portal to the vibrant art community in Louisville and Kentucky, The Kentucky Center has made it its mission to ensure that the wonders of the cultural arts is accessible to all. Offering audience members everything from Bluegrass to Bach, The Kentucky Center preserves and promotes the unique history, heritage, and arts of the state for local residents and tourists alike. Bringing the community into the arts, The Kentucky Center also brings the arts directly to communities, leading a nationally-recognized community engagement program in 113 of Kentucky’s 120 counties. Partnering with schools and universities to bring the arts to aspiring students, and hospitals and senior centers to bring performances to promote healing, The Kentucky Center’s impact extends far beyond its stage seating.

With The Kentucky Center being much more than just a performing arts center, DRi knew that the next Kentucky Center VP of Development would have to be just as passionate and creative as the Center is. It was clear that Julie’s prior experience and commitment was a perfect match for The Kentucky Center. She had previously served as the Director of Development for the Actors Theatre of Louisville, one of the nation’s most revered regional theatres. Julie’s appreciation for the arts, along with her being a lifelong resident of Louisville, closely aligned her with the local and community impact that The Kentucky Center offers. Consistently growing the donor base and the revenue of the organizations she served, Julie was the clear choice for expanding The Kentucky Center’s already wide reach.  She received her B.A. from Western Kentucky University.

We wish Julie and the Kentucky Center much success in their artistic ventures.

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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, DRknew 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.

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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.

DRhas 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. DRknew 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.

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