Meet Your Co-Chairs
Nina Cohen Bohn
Nina Cohen Bohn has 17 years' experience in higher education fundraising, following a 15 year career in advertising sales and marketing in television, custom magazine publishing and professional sports teams. She began her career in fundraising in 2001, at MIT's Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, MA, which led to a move overseas in 2005 with her young family to lead the major gifts team at the London Business School. In 2013, LBS launched their first ever comprehensive campaign to raise £100m, and Nina became their Deputy Director of Advancement leading the principal gifts fundraising in London and Asia Pacific, managing the twenty person global campaign committee and prioritising the collaboration of school-wide initiatives which involve and enhance Advancement's priorities. By September 2015 the team had achieved 90% of their goal, and closed the campaign in Spring 2016 with £125 million raised for a new building, research and scholarships. Nina's extraordinary success with principal gifts as well as her institution wide approach to donor engagement were key to this success.
Throughout 2016-2018 Nina has led strategic fundraising programs and organisational structural changes at two major organisations; The Royal College of Art, and the City Literary Institute. She has also consulted on best practises for fundraising teams including training of front line and board members for a variety of cultural and educational organisations, and has lectured on the MA in Philanthropic Studies for the University of Kent.
Dr Kary Kelly is the incoming Director of Development at the British Museum and former Director of Development at The Courtauld Institute of Art, where she led the fundraising, membership and alumni relations programmes. Kary has held strategic fundraising positions at the Royal College of Art, the London School of Economics and the University of Oxford. Her career in higher education fundraising and alumni relations started at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. Kary holds a B.A., M.St., and D.Phil from the University of Oxford.
Lorna Somers is recognized internationally as the foremost teacher/trainer in the field of institutional advancement in higher education and is herself an experienced and accomplished practitioner in her 30th year of practice at McMaster University in Canada.
Somers has been working in University Advancement at McMaster University since 1988. During that time, she has been involved in the establishment and growth of the Annual Fund, Gift Planning, Major and Principal Giving, and the Recognition & Stewardship programs. She has been Campaign Director for two university-wide comprehensive campaigns, (Changing Tomorrow Today 2001 and The Campaign for McMaster 2010), in addition to directing a series of targeted campaigns for Athletics, the Museum of Art, 2 campaigns for Scholarships & Bursaries, the McMaster University Student Centre and for the Faculty of Health Sciences’ Centre for Learning & Discovery. Somers currently focuses her attention on working closely with senior academic leaders and volunteers to secure principal level gifts, (most notable among them, the largest cash gift to a Canadian university), and to leading McMaster’s new Brighter World Research Initiative.
Along with co-author Dr. Frank Minton, Somers wrote the definitive volume entitled Planned Giving for Canadians and regularly speaks at conferences and on campuses throughout the world with a particular focus on Australia, Africa and Europe.