Justin Fincher is the vice president for advancement strategy and administration at The Ohio State University. He oversees advancement's talent management, training and human resources functions, as well as the organization's strategic planning and internal communications efforts. Fincher manages projects that span the entire organization, advises the senior vice president on policy and short- and long-range planning, and aligns resources and talent to advance the organization's strategic priorities. As a member of the leadership team, he partners with other leaders to maximize organizational effectiveness and address emerging institutional issues.
Prior to Ohio State, Fincher held roles at Rutgers University and Johns Hopkins University where he led teams responsible for assessment and research, marketing and communications, talent management and constituent engagement. A nationally published author, teacher and scholar of leadership development, he studies the influences of mentorship, involvement, diversity and organizational climate on one's sense of belonging and capacity for leadership.
He completed his master's degree in college student personnel and his doctorate in higher education administration at the University of Maryland-College Park. He holds a bachelor's degree in biology, with a focus on human behavior, from Rutgers University.
Amanda Hoskins is currently the director of advancement services and data architecture for the University Of Utah Health Office Of Advancement. She is on the Senior Leadership Team, which has been tasked with defining and implementing the strategy to raise $1B of the University of Utah's overall $2B goal for the current "Imagine New Heights" capital campaign. With this campaign, she is leading the transition of University of Utah Health's Advancement Operations to a new CRM to support her institution's ambitious data-driven goals and build a robust ecosystem for success.
In her current role, Hoskins manages and oversees Prospect Research, Management and Strategy, Analytics, Data Architecture, Corporations and Foundations Giving, Annual Giving, and Gift Processing for five health sciences colleges and all hospitals and clinics within the University of Utah system.
Prior to her current role, she held titles that have included development assistant, project coordinator, development officer, and director of prospect research within the University Of Utah Health Office Of Advancement. Her first role with the University of Utah dates back to 2010, when she worked for the alumni association. Her major career achievements have included building a Grateful Patient Fundraising Program, Provider Referral Program, and establishing a robust prospect research and prospect management team for the University Of Utah Health Office of Advancement.
Alison Sommers-Sayre has more than 20 years of experience in business intelligence, information management and data-driven strategic planning within higher education, corporate environments and consulting capacities. She has worked in fundraising for the last decade, with a focus on promoting the value of prospect development and analytics and is currently the assistant vice president for advancement at Princeton University.
She is responsible for managing administrative services, alumni and donor records, analytics and data management, development technology services, and prospect development and research. She also is charged with identifying and implementing industry best practices and innovative methods, as well as enhancing the overall effectiveness and productivity of the office.
Sommers-Sayre joined Princeton in 2004 as director of development research, a position in which she helped prepare the office for the $1.88 billion "Aspire" campaign completed in 2012 and built the analytics function. Since 2009, she has been the executive director of development information strategy. Prior to Princeton, she worked in business intelligence, information management and data-driven strategic planning in corporate environments and consulting firms.
She has been on the board of APRA, the international association representing prospect development professionals, since 2011, and currently serves as the organization's president. She has been a conference speaker for APRA, CASE, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She is an honors graduate of the University of Chicago, where she has been an active alumni volunteer.