Conferences & Training
Faculty - LGBT Engagement and Fundraising Strategies

Conference Chair

Peter Hayashida

Peter Hayashida
Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, University of California, Riverside
President, UC Riverside Foundation and CASE Trustee

Peter Hayashida is vice chancellor of university advancement and president of the UCR Foundation for the University of California, Riverside. He is a member of the Chancellor's leadership team and oversees alumni relations, fundraising, communications and marketing, and special events for the campus.

Before joining UC Riverside in 2009, Hayashida spent the first 19 years of his higher education career at UCLA, where he held a range of roles ending with assistant vice chancellor for external affairs.

He earned a bachelor's degree in communication studies from UCLA and a master's degree in business administration from California State University, Northridge. He has volunteered his time in arts, human rights, and healthcare organizations. Hayashida has served on the board of trustees of CASE and as a member and chair of the CASE Commission on Philanthropy.



David Bass
Senior Director, Research
Council for Advancement and Support of Education

David Bass serves as senior director of research for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), overseeing the global development, direction and implementation of primary and secondary research programs and positioning CASE to serve as the leading source for expertise and best practice identification and dissemination in the field of advancement.

From 2007-2017, he served as director of foundation programs and research for the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. In that capacity he was responsible for programs, research and thought leadership supporting the work of foundation boards and effective institution-foundation partnerships. He also conducted research, authored publications, and led programs for both foundation and institutional leaders on endowment management, legal issues and fundraising. He also worked directly with foundation and institutional boards and chief executives though AGB's consulting service. Recent publications include AGB's Board of Directors' Statement on Institution Foundation Partnerships, Effective Foundation Boards, national studies on foundation board composition and governance practices, and endowment spending and management practices under the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act.

From 2000 to 2007, Bass served as director of the National Center for Institutionally Related Foundations and director of Government Relations at CASE.

Prior to joining the staff of CASE, he taught as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University, George Mason University, Northern Virginia Community College, and the University of Virginia.

David holds a master's degree in business administration a and certificate in Nonprofit Management from Johns Hopkins University, a master's degree and doctoral coursework from the University of Virginia and studied literature and art history as an undergraduate at The College of William and Mary and St. Andrews University.

Michael Bumbry

Michael Bumbry
Associate Director of Development
Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies

Michael is an associate director of development at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Michael has worked in both student affairs and development in higher education for 11 years, previously serving at North Carolina State University, Temple University, Loyola University Chicago, University of Chicago before arriving at Johns Hopkins in August 2016.

Michael received his B.A. in broadcast communications from Elon University in Burlington, North Carolina, M.Ed. in higher education administration from North Carolina State University, and Ph.D. in higher education from Loyola University Chicago. Michael's dissertation examined the influence of race, ethnicity, and class on Latino alumni giving to higher education.

Michael has presented at state, regional, and national conferences on topics of diversity and inclusion, professional development and career advancement, identity development, and alumni giving and engagement. Michael is active in professional associations and nonprofits in higher education, including CASE, the American College Personnel Association- College Student Educators International (ACPA), and Campus Pride.

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William Christopher Clarke
Senior Assistant Vice President, Trinity College and Graduate School Development
Duke University

William Christopher "Chris" Clarke is the senior assistant vice president for Trinity College and The Graduate School within the Office of University Development at Duke University. Clarke assumed his role in 2016 and in that capacity oversees a program that represents 80 percent of Duke’s alumni and generates nearly $100M per year in private support for the institution. In 2012, as the associate dean of development for the Pratt School, Clarke planned and led engineering’s Duke Forward Campaign which surpassed its goal of $161.5M hitting $200M one year prior to the close of Duke’s $3.85B campaign.

Before coming to Duke in 2004, Clarke was the director of development and leadership gifts for Purdue University's School of Mechanical Engineering where he led their $125M campaign. Prior to his role in mechanical engineering, Clarke served Purdue as its associate director of planned giving from 1997 to 2001, when he became the associate director of development for major gifts. In addition to his major gift responsibilities in 1999 – 2001, Clarke also served as the development liaison for Purdue's Black Cultural Center, one of the nation’s premier cultural centers.

An active member of CASE, he has served as the conference chair for both District V in 2001 and District III in 2013. Currently he serves on the board of District III as the Chair-Elect for 2019-21. Clarke holds a master's degree in educational administration and bachelor’s degrees in psychology, sociology and law and society from Purdue University. In 2009, he was the recipient of CASE's Crystal Apple Award for excellence in teaching.

Marian Alexander DeBerry

Marian Alexander DeBerry
Executive Search Director
Campbell & Company

Marian Alexander DeBerry has more than 30 years of professional experience, including 14 years in executive search. While she has conducted searches in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, her work is particularly focused on conducting searches for the senior leadership of mission-driven institutions.

Prior to joining Campbell & Company, she was vice president with two retained executive search firms and an independent executive search consultant. In addition to her executive search work, she has experience in the nonprofit sector as an education administrator and in the corporate sector in commercial banking and treasury administration and management consulting. DeBerry served the Bank of Boston and Continental Bank for several years, developing investment portfolio strategies and trading recommendations and managing short-term liability positions. At the Bank of Boston, she served as recruiting team leader for the Wharton (University of Pennsylvania) and Fuqua (Duke University) Schools of Business. She began her career with an advocacy organization for female offenders and served as executive director of a university-based educational achievement program for secondary school students.

DeBerry has a bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology from Duke University and a master's of business administration degree from the Wharton School of Business. She also studied at the London Business School. She is a frequent speaker on achieving a diverse workforce and on career development in nonprofit organizations.

Noah D. Drezner

Noah D. Drezner
Associate Professor of Higher Education
Columbia University Teachers College

Noah D. Drezner is an associate professor of higher education in the Higher and Postsecondary Education Program at Teachers College, Columbia University, founding editor of Philanthropy & Education, and a leading researcher on educational philanthropy.

His research interests include philanthropy and fundraising as it pertains to colleges and universities, including higher education's role in the cultivation of prosocial behaviors. Currently, Drezner's work is based in identity-based philanthropy. In other words, he is researching how a person's social identities affect their giving to higher education and how colleges and universities can engage their alumni in more inclusive ways. He is the co-PI for the National Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Alumni, a multi-institutional mixed methods project, and recently completed a population-based survey experiment that evaluates how a person's social identities affect their propensity to donate and at what level when exposed to different types of fundraising solicitations.

Drezner has published numerous articles and given several presentations on related topics. His dissertation, "Cultivating a Culture of Giving: An Exploration of Institutional Strategies to Enhance African American Young Alumni Giving," was recognized in 2009 with CASE's H.S. Warwick Award for Outstanding Research in Alumni Relations for Educational Advancement. Additionally, he is an associate editor of Philanthropy, Fundraising, and Volunteerism in Higher Education (2007) which was named the 2009 CASE John Grenzebach Award for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy for Educational Advancement. His book Philanthropy and Fundraising in American  Higher Education has been adopted in master's and doctoral programs across the country. In November 2011, his book Race, Gender, and Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations, explored the intersection of identity in leading nonprofits. In 2013, Drezner edited a volume Expanding the Donor Base in Higher Education: Engaging Non-Traditional Donors (2013) to wide acclaim, including winning the Association of Fundraising Professional's (AFP) 2014 Skystone Partners Prize for Research on Fundraising and Philanthropy. Most recently, he wrote with Frances Huehls Fundraising and Institutional Advancement: Theory, Practice and New Paradigms. Drezner was named the inaugural AFP Early Career Emerging Scholar in 2014. In 2015, he was awarded the John Grenzebach Award for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy for Educational Advancement by CASE, in recognition of his research project "The Social Base of Philanthropic Fundraising in Higher Education: How Frames and Identity Matter" and was honored by the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) with the Barbara K. Townsend Lecture.

Prior to returning to graduate school, Drezner was an advancement officer at the University of Rochester, where he gained the practitioner experience that informs his research. Most recently, he was an associate professor of higher education at the University of Maryland. While there he was instrumental in the establishment of the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Maryland's School of Public Policy, where he continues to hold an affiliate appointment as Senior Research Fellow. In 2011, Drezner was named one of 13 university professors to the inaugural cohort of Honors College faculty at the University of Maryland.

He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester, a graduate certificate in nonprofit leadership from Roberts Wesleyan College, and a master's degree in education and a doctorate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Laurie Fenlason

Laurie Fenlason
Vice President for Public Affairs & Strategic Initiatives
Smith College

Laurie Fenlason serves as the chief public affairs officer of Smith College and counsel to President Kathleen McCartney on matters of institutional strategy and planning, strategic communication, visibility and constituent relations. She oversees the Office of College Relations/Public Affairs, which is responsible for campus communications, media relations, alumnae and development communications, publications, digital communications and social media, special events, community relations and government relations. Her staff also oversees Smith-branded and external summer programs and the Smith College Conference Center.

Prior to Smith, she served in communications roles at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania.

She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and a trustee of Cooley Dickinson Health Care, an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital.

Earl D. Fowlkes Jr.

Earl D. Fowlkes Jr.
Center for Black Equity

Earl D. Fowlkes Jr. serves as the president and CEO of the Center For Black Equity, Inc., formerly the International Federation of Black Pride. He founded the IFBP in 1999 as a coalition of Black Pride organizers the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and South Africa formed to promote a multinational network of LGBT Pride and community- based organizations. There are more than 30 Black Pride events with more than 450,000 attendees each year. In July, 2012, the IFBP Board of Directors voted to change the name of the organization to the Center for Black Equity with an expanded mission and membership base. The Center for Black Equity is the only Black LGBT international organization in the world.

Fowlkes previously served 15 years as the executive director of the DC Comprehensive AIDS Resources and Education Consortium (DC CARE Consortium) and Damien Ministries, organizations that provided services to Person Living with HIV/AIDS in Washington, DC. He was licensed as a social worker (New Jersey) and has worked on HIV/AIDS and LGBT issues for 25  years. He serves on seven nonprofit boards of directors and community advisory boards.

Fowlkes earned degrees in history and business from Rutgers University. 

James Hurley

James Hurley

James Hurley is a consultant on EAB's Advancement Forum. In this capacity, he conducts research related to fundraising in higher education; he has worked on projects related to talent acquisition, affinity-based giving, the changing face of the 21st century donor, and advancement-focused diversity and inclusion efforts.

Prior to joining EAB, Hurley worked at the U.S. Senate and the U.S. Department of State. He was the first recipient of the U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Program's joint award with the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Queen's University of Belfast. He studied at Oxford University, the Queen's University of Belfast and Iona College. He holds degrees in political science, history and legislative affairs and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Art in London.

Hurley's pro-bono engagements focus on the US-UK Fulbright Commission and the LGBT Capital Pride Alliance. He is a founding member of EAB's LGBT employee affinity group.

Matt Lucerto

Matt Lucerto
Associate Director, Regional Programs, Office of Alumni Relations
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Matt Lucerto is the associate director of regional programs in the Office of Alumni Relations at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he supports the East Coast Regional Clubs, including, but not limited to Cape Cod, Washington, D.C., and New York City, three of the more important alumni areas for the institute. He is the direct liaison for more than 20 clubs on the east coast helping them strategize and build out their event calendar and volunteer recruitment throughout the year. He has more than 100 visits a year with non-engaged alumni to see how he can connect them back to the institute either through one of the clubs he works with or one of the many other volunteer alumni opportunities throughout the institute. He qualifies, stewards and cultivates alums for prospect research while traveling for events to better understand the alumni population for Development Officers in the Resource Development Division. He is the main bridge between alumni relations and the advancement partners in special events, advancement communications and development teams to help push forward the agenda of Resource Development Division and Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a whole.

Lucerto joined the Office of Alumni Relations in November of 2016 after spending the last decade in higher education split between Tufts University and Harvard University's Alumni Relations, Athletics, and Student Affairs Offices. He holds a master's degree from the Tufts University Educational Studies program with a concentration in higher education administration and has a bachelor's degree from Wheaton College.

Sarah Morris

Sarah Morris
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Strategic Marketing and Communications
University of Missouri, Kansas City

At the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Sarah Morris is responsible for marketing and brand management, publications, web communications and KCUR 89.3 FM, the university's NPR station. Her 20 years of combined experience in business and higher education provide the foundation for her expertise in strategic communications, integrated marketing, business operations, profit and loss management, training and leadership development. 

Morris recently served as a member of the Commission on Communications and Marketing for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and its District VI board of directors. She has been a faculty member for CASE's Institute for Senior Communications and Marketing Professionals and has received Stellar Speaker designations for her presentations. She is a current member of the board of the Kansas City Sports Commission's WIN for KC. 

She received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Colorado in Boulder, and a master's degree in business administration from Baker University.

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Deborah Taft
Chief Executive Officer
Lois L Lindauer Searches

Deb Taft, chief executive officer, joined Lois L Lindauer Searches (LLLS) in 2016. She brings more than 25 years of executive and senior-level development and marketing experience, which has included extensive work in a range of nonprofits in the education, healthcare/academic medicine, youth services and voluntary sectors. Her onsiderable expertise includes governance, strategic planning, fundraising campaigns, interim program management, principal and major gifts, strategic communications, alumnae and constituent relations, training, and talent development. Prior to joining LLLS as chief operating officer, she served as senior executive vice president and managing director for Grenzebach Glier and Associates (GG+A) in Chicago, leading the firm day-to-day and overseeing all domestic and global consulting practices. She also served as interim chief fnancial officer, practice area leader for analytics, and drove consultant recruitment, training and resource utilization efforts.

Previously, she served as chief development officer and interim chief strategy officer for Girl Scouts of the USA, based in New York. As one of the most senior officers in this iconic leadership organization representing girls in 112 US councils and 94 countries, she played a critical role in transforming organizational talent, culture and social impact. She led the hiring and onboarding of a new national executive team and the $1 billion "ToGetHerThere" campaign, the largest fundraising campaign for girls in the world. She was also executive sponsor for the global alumnae initiative to acquire and engage 59M former Girl Scouts. Her work at Girl Scouts is representative of the lasting impact she has made on numerous leading nonprofits in the education, healthcare and youth service arenas.

Taft has also held executive and senior development roles at Simmons College, Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, and Concord Academy. She was one of the founding team members of City Year, which has a total of 28 youth service teams across the United States, the United Kingdom and South Africa.

She serves as vice chair of the Human Rights Campaign Board of Directors, and serves on both the Industry Advisory Council and Curriculum and Content Task Force for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). A former member of the Editorial Review Board for Giving USA, she has served the nonprofit sector in a variety of faculty, board and committee roles for CASE, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Women In Development (WID), the New England Association of Healthcare Professionals (NEAHP) and the Friday Forum, among other professional associations.

A renowned speaker, trainer and faculty member for CASE, Taft holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a master's degree in business administration from Simmons School of Management.

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Anita B. Walton
Director of Diversity and Talent Management
Council for Advancement and Support of Education

Anita B. Walton serves as director of diversity and talent management for CASE. She provides leadership in developing, communicating and executing a comprehensive strategy to successfully attract, hire and maintain a continuous talent pipeline, engage and serve select CASE constituencies with significant emphasis on efforts to diversify the profession, enhance and promote student programs including CASE ASAP, the CASE Advancement Internship Program and provide oversight to the CASE Career Central.

Prior to joining CASE, Walton served at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) for five years as director of alumni relations and the last two years as assistant vice chancellor for student affairs. Prior to NCCU, she served at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) for 18 years, seven years in student affairs and 11 years in alumni relations. With a master's degree in higher education and 25 years of experience including program management, volunteer stewardship, strategic and process development and relationship building, Walton is no stranger to CASE. She has served in numerous volunteer roles, including chair of CASE III, a member of the Commission on Alumni Relations, an active contributor to CASE's opportunity and inclusion activities serving as the DIII O&I chair from 2007-2011, CASE ASAP activities and has been a frequent CASE speaker.

She earned her bachelor's degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her master's degree in education, with a concentration in higher education administration, from North Carolina State University.

Keynote Speaker

Jeffrey Trammell

Jeffrey Trammell
Trammell and Company

One of Washington's most experienced public affairs professionals, Jeff Trammell founded his firm in 2001. Before starting his firm he served as senior managing director and head of public affairs at Hill & Knowlton for 12 years, after serving on the staff of the U.S. House and Senate. Trammell began his career as counsel to the chair of the Subcommittee on Health and Environment of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

In 1999-2000 he served as a senior advisor to Vice President Al Gore, chairing Business Outreach for the Gore-Lieberman campaign, which recruited more than 3,000 business leaders to support the ticket; and as a lead liaison for core Democratic Party constituent groups, while also serving on the national finance committee. In 2004, he served as a senior advisor to the Kerry-Edwards campaign handling many of the same responsibilities. During these campaigns he worked closely with many Democratic Members of Congress as well as other party leaders around the country.

As a public affairs counselor, Trammell has advised numerous Fortune 500 companies on successfully dealing with Congress. In addition to working directly with the Congress, he has built coalitions and strategic alliances with public interest leaders and other allies in several of the most successful Congressional lobbying campaigns in recent years. He and his team have developed and successfully run state-based advocacy campaigns.

He has worked in-depth on issues ranging from health care to telecommunications, finance to trade, to the environment, technology and others, drawing years of experience and relationship with the chairs and staff of many of the key committees of jurisdiction.

Among his accolades is the prestigious Barney Frank National Leadership Award for his assistance to Chairman Frank in organizing the National Stonewall Democrats. Trammell was the first recipient of this honor.

Trammell has spearheaded several special fundraising assignments for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and continues to work closely with the DSCC in various capacities. He has also assisted numerous House Democrats with their elections as well.

He holds a bachelor's degree in history from the College of William and Mary and a Juris Doctorate from Florida State University's College of Law. He is a member of the Board of Visitors of the College of William and Mary and is past chair of the board of the Thomas Jefferson Public Policy Program at William and Mary.