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Congratulations to CRFB Director of Development Chris Rotella

DRis 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.

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DRwas 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.

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DRteamed up with Episcopal Relief & Development to find Betsy Deisroth as their next Vice President of Advancement. Betsy’s prior work and knowledge made her a natural fit for the ER&D VP of Advancement position.

Episcopal Relief & Development has served as the compassionate response of the Episcopal Church to human suffering around the world for over 75 years. Having its origins in assisting refugees fleeing Europe during World War II, ER&D today has a global impact in both providing relief during times of disaster and building up sustainable, flourishing communities. Its core missions involve alleviating hunger, responding to disasters, promoting health, and creating economic opportunities for all. The next ER&D VP of Advancement, who would routinely work with senior leadership and high-level board members, would have to be a confident and organized operations manager. DRidentified Betsy as a capable and enthusiastic fundraising leader who would quickly embrace both the scope of the work and the faith-based environment of ER&D.

Betsy was no stranger to international assistance and development. She had previously served as the Vice President of Advancement for The Hunger Project, a New York City based nonprofit dedicated to alleviating world hunger and poverty though sustainable, community based solutions; several of ER&D’s key values and missions. This was just one segment of Betsy’s 30 plus years of development and fundraising experience. She had previously helped lead a $200 million campaign at the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker service organization, and she was most recently a fundraising consultant and executive coach, training the next generation of leaders and fundraisers. Betsy earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Skidmore College in NY, graduating with Departmental Honors and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

It was a pleasure to work with both Episcopal Relief & Development and Betsy, and DRiWaterstone looks forward to hearing of their global impact and international success stories.

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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. DRidentified 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.

DRwas 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.

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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.

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DRis 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, DRknew that Meredith’s skills would fit WFP USA and the position perfectly.

Congratulations to both Meredith and World Food Program USA.

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