As the chief development officer, Ivan Adames is responsible for the fundraising and advancement services units at DePaul University, the largest Catholic university in the US.
He was previously the Executive Director of Schools & Programs at Northwestern University where he oversaw multiple schools & program development teams. Ivan also served as the director of development for international programs at Johns Hopkins University. A former Fulbright Scholar (Germany) and CASE Fellow, he has held professional positions at varied education institutions including the Ohio State University, Imperial College London, and the University of Massachusetts Foundation. Adames is a past board member and current advisor of the Science of Philanthropy Initiative at the University of Chicago. He has been an active volunteer for the Council for the Advancement & Support of Education (CASE), having served on the CASE Commission on Philanthropy, district leadership boards, and on multiple conference faculty. Ivan was a recent contributor and chapter author for the book Advancing Higher Education: New Strategies for Fundraising, Philanthropy, and Engagement (2019)
Ryan Carmichael is the Vice President for University Development at Columbia University. In this role, he oversees the development teams for thirteen schools, units, and campaign priority areas including Columbia Engineering, School of the Arts, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, School of International and Public Affairs, Graduate School of Journalism, School of Professional Studies, the Earth Institute, School of Social Work, the Zuckerman Mind, Brain, Behavior Institute, University Development, Data Science Institute, Columbia World Projects, and the Just Societies Initiative. Previously, he was Executive Director for Global Development focusing on raising support from alumni and friends for the University’s global priorities. He started his career at Columbia in 2007 at The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science as Director of Development and Parent Major Gift Officer.
John Feudo is Vice Chancellor for Advancement at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, leading a team of nearly 50 talented and dedicated staff members through the university’s first-ever campaign. UMass Lowell achieved its public goal nearly two years ahead of schedule. With three decades of experience in development and nonprofit management, John is an internationally-respected fundraising and engagement professional. John is formerly Senior Vice President of Development and Chief Development Officer for United Way of Massachusetts Bay, one of the top organizations within the global network of United Way affiliates. Prior to arriving at United Way, John spent eight years at Boston College, first as Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations, and later as Senior Development Officer. From 1999-2006, John served as Executive Director of the University of Connecticut Alumni Association, where he also built and led the Association’s capital campaign. Prior to his arrival at UConn, John spent six years as the Associate Vice Chancellor for University Advancement at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and Executive Director of the UMass Alumni Association.
John previously worked in the alumni office at Tufts University, and has been active in the Council for Advancement & Support of Education (CASE), the Council of Alumni Association Executives (CAAE), and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). He has chaired several conferences and has presented educational sessions on numerous occasions. In 2013, CASE District I honored John with the Eleanor Collier Award for distinguished service to the advancement profession.
John has published six books through CASE, and is currently working on a seventh. His first publication, Alumni Relations: A Newcomer’s Guide to Success, earned him CASE’s prestigious Warwick Research Award for Outstanding Published Scholarship. His second book, Alumni Clubs and Chapters, also published by CASE, was also nominated for the Warwick Award in 2004. An updated edition of the Newcomer’s Guide was published in 2010. I’d Rather Eat Live Spiders: A Definitive Guide to Success in Speaking, was published in 2011; Herding Cats: How to Effectively Manage Volunteers, came to the market in May 2014. Bird’s Eye View: A Guide for Senior Alumni & Donor Engagement Professionals is John’s sixth book, and was published in early 2019.
John was selected by CASE to lead several international webinars on Advancement issues, all of which attracted hundreds of participants. He has served the advancement profession as a member of the CASE Commission on Alumni Relations, and the CAAE Board of Directors. He was program chair for CASE's 2005 Annual Assembly in Miami Beach, and chaired the 2006 & 2007 CASE Summer Institute in Alumni Relations. He was also the first professional to serve two terms as President of the Council of Alumni Association Executives.
As a consultant, he has worked with the staffs and volunteers of more than 150 colleges and organizations across the globe, training and coaching fundraisers and engagement staff members, creating strategic plans and advising organizations on their fundraising and volunteer management/engagement efforts. He has consulted internationally for the University of Barcelona, the Consulate of the Republic of Germany and for a consortium of institutions in Mexico. In 2009, he was asked by the US State Department to participate in training programs with Tbilisi State University in the Republic of Georgia, and with the Middle East Partnership Institute. John has taught both Effective Communications and Public Relations at the college level, and has lectured to audiences all over the world, including recent speaking engagements in Asia and Great Britain.
A professional speaker, trainer and radio broadcaster, John has an extensive background in volunteer management, having served as manager of membership and public relations for Toastmasters International's World Headquarters in southern California. He has earned that organization's highest educational and leadership honor, the Distinguished Toastmaster Award.
John is an alumnus of Boston College, did graduate work at Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, and holds a Master’s Degree from Lesley University in Cambridge. He is an honorary alumnus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Myrna joined Marts & Lundy as an Associate Consultant in 2016, bringing expertise in prospect management, prospect research, and process improvement.
Prior to joining Marts & Lundy, Myrna worked as a Manager of Portfolio Services at the University of Houston for just over two years. Her focus was Corporations and Foundations, and Healthcare Initiatives which included College of Pharmacy, College of Optometry, Graduate College of Social Work, and the new Medical School being built for the University. She also focused on top-level prospects and donors for the Vice Chancellor’s/Vice President’s office.
Before joining University of Houston, Myrna was a Project Manager for General Electric in the Energy segment. She managed electrical distribution projects from manufacturing to installation in the Southwest and Texas region. As a project manager, she received her Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma. She first joined GE in 2010 as an Inside Sales Associate and while in that role, she completed her Masters in Healthcare Innovation from Arizona State University.
Myrna has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and minor in Spanish, and International Business certificate from Arizona State University.
Mark Greer is Senior Manager of the CAF American Donor Fund, a donor advised fund which allows people who pay tax in the US and UK to claim tax relief in both countries on all their giving. He leads a team that works with high and ultra high net worth donors managing annual giving of around $90m. Mark was previously Philanthropy Director at UK Community Foundations and CEO of the Beacon Awards for Philanthropy, a UK awards programme that celebrates and promotes excellence in philanthropy. Mark lives in London with his American wife and their dual national children.
James Hurley is a Senior Director with NYU's Advancement division (UDAR). He manages domestic and global alumni events (more than 700 each year) and programs (e.g., regional alumni clubs, affinity/special interest groups, and signature events, and presidential/trustee events) for NYU's 500,000 living alumni around the world supporting NYU's global network.
Prior to joining NYU, James was a consultant at EAB. In this capacity he managed and conducted research related to fundraising in higher education. James was the first recipient of the US-UK Fulbright Program's joint award with the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Queen’s University of Belfast.
James 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.
Sara Judge, whose career has spanned executive and consulting roles in education, fundraising, finance and U.S.-China relations, was appointed to the advancement leadership team at Princeton University as deputy vice president for development in April of 2017. In this role, she has responsibility for management of annual giving, gift planning, international development, leadership gifts and strategic donor engagement teams. In addition, she works closely with the vice president for advancement on long-term fundraising plans, organizational goal setting and continuous improvement processes. Judge is a 1982 graduate of Princeton University, where she concentrated in East Asian studies and Chinese, and has served in several key volunteer roles for the University, including vice president of the alumni Association and vice chair of its Alumni Council. Before joining Princeton, she served as global director at Avenues: The World School, opening the Avenues office in Beijing and leading government relations and site development in several cities in China. She also spent eight years as president of China Institute, where she led fundraising and capital campaign planning. She also served as director of Asia for AFS Intercultural Programs, expanding and managing AFS national offices in eight Asian countries; and as senior associate for Kamsky Associates, managing relationships and developing market entry strategies for client corporations engaged in trade and investment activities with China. Judge pursued postgraduate Chinese language and literature studies at Peking University.
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Ray Li currently serves as the Senior Director for International Advancement at University of Washington. In this role, he leads the university’s international advancement efforts which includes strategy development, resource development and alumni relations/engagement. Prior to joining the UW, he served as the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Advancement for Neighborhood House for 12 years. Ray also served as the Assistant Director of Development for the American Red Cross – Greater Hartford Chapter and was involved as a volunteer and paid staff of both the Canadian Red Cross and the American Red Cross - Seattle King County Chapter.
Ray serves on the board of AFP Advancement Northwest, on the Visiting Committee of the Seattle University Master in Not-for-profit Leadership Program and until recently, as an instructor for the University of Washington Certificate in Fundraising Management Program. He also served on the boards of Northwest Development Officers Association (NDOA) and the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Washington State Chapter (AFP-WA) as well as serving as president for both organizations (NDOA in 2005 and AFP-WA in 2008). He recently completed his term as president of AFP Advancement Northwest in 2016 and remains on the board.
In 2018, Ray was awarded the AFP Advancement Northwest Professional Achievement Award, the highest honor bestowed to leaders in the field of fundraising excellence. In 2015, Ray was awarded the Seattle University Ignite Award for outstanding leadership and service to the non-profit community and in 2010 Ray was awarded the Puget Sound Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award.
Ray continues to serve as an active mentor to young professionals and as a trusted advisor to organizations big and small throughout the Pacific Northwest and around the world on topics ranging from organizational development, to leadership and fundraising.
In his spare time, you can find Ray and his wife Beeby enjoying the Pacific Northwest with their son Ryder and daughter Dylann or on his own training for triathlons. Once indoors you can be sure to find him in the kitchen cooking.
Eugene Mahr is Director of Development, Asia at Boston University, where he has managed, for the past five years, a growing portfolio of principal and major gift prospects integral to the University’s current $1.5 billion Campaign. His territory spans ten different countries from Japan and Korea in the North, greater China, and into ASEAN. Previous stops in his advancement career include the Mass General Hospital, Northeastern and his alma mater, Brown.
Eugene began his career as a college admissions officer, retooled with an MBA from Yale, and then spent a dozen years as a consumer products marketer, highlighted by a three year stint as an expat in Hong Kong.
A committed volunteer, he has held several alumni leadership positions at Brown, and is currently the Board President of a human services not-for-profit in Boston’s Chinatown.
Celeste Guzmán Mendoza
Celeste Guzmán Mendoza has more than 20 years of development experience in higher education and nonprofit fundraising. She began her career as a grant writer at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio, Texas, and now leads fundraising efforts in Latin America for the University of Texas at Austin. Throughout her career, she has cultivated relationships between donors and institutions that have resulted in support of students, faculty, research, plays and art exhibits, art education for youth and adults, scholarly and literary publications, and other projects totaling more than $15 million. She recently completed her PhD in Higher Education Leadership and Policy as well as a Graduate Portfolio Program from the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service, both from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on Latinx philanthropy, specifically to higher education institutions and nonprofits.
James is a seasoned fundraising professional with extensive experience in healthcare, higher education, environmental, and cultural organizations. At Advancement Resources he focuses on the UK and Canada to partner with organizations to optimize their philanthropic potential. He is pleased to serve development professionals, key executives, academic leaders, clinicians, board members, and volunteers.
Prior to joining Advancement Resources, James planned and implemented capital campaigns and fundraising programs in the US, Canada, UK, and Europe for universities, healthcare organizations, NGOs, and specialized institutions.
Nicholas is one of Canada’s most experienced and respected consultants in the charitable sector. He is the President and Founder of Offord Group, which he created in 2004 as a strategic advisory alternative to charities with a focus on capacity building.
Following a five-year career (1984-1989) as a Campaign Director, Nicholas served as Executive Director of Development at McGill University. While there, he received the 1994 gold medal for “Best Development Program” from the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education, in recognition of his work in support of McGill’s hugely successful $200 million campaign. In 1995, he became the President of Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation. Here, Nicholas led the breakthrough “The Best Medicine” campaign, which raised over $400 million. After 10 years, he left Mount Sinai in 2005 to found Offord Group.
In 1999, the Toronto Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals awarded him “Outstanding Executive of the Year.” In 2000, he was selected as one of “Canada's Top 40 Leaders Under 40” by the Report on Business magazine. In 2002, he served as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Ontario Minister of Health with a focus on health care reform.
In September 2010, Nicholas was appointed Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa. He also serves as Director of the Manning Centre for Building Democracy.
Amy Parker, CFRE is Vice President with the global fundraising consulting firm Grenzebach Glier & Associates. From 2017-2019, she was based in Hong Kong, working with clients around the world and speaking at international conferences on the topics of major gifts, board engagement, and international advancement. Prior to GG+A, Amy held fundraising leadership roles at the Smithsonian Institution during its historic $1.5 billion campaign, at the New York Public Library, and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During her tenure at the Smithsonian, she developed and executed fundraising strategies for projects ranging from the official portraits of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to a new gallery for the National Numismatic Collection. Amy holds a Bachelor’s degree from Chatham University and a Master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has been a Certified Fundraising Executive since 2009.
Xin Wei is a Director with NYU's Advancement Division (UDAR) based at NYU's Shanghai Campus. She oversees the Alumni Engagement Programs and Annual Fund programs for NYU in Asia. She manages the 11 NYU Alumni Clubs in Asia with over 80 club leaders, and over 70 diversified events each year, manage alumni student engagement programs including the Alumni Executive Mentor Program, Alumni hosted dinners and Distinguished Alumni Talks., and manage the parents, students and alumni annual fund campaigns and programs.
Prior to joining NYU Xin worked in University Relations for Microsoft Research in Beijing and for nearly five years at the University of Victoria both in Shanghai and British Columbia, Canada. Xin holds an MBA from the University of Victoria and an undergraduate degree from Beijing International Studies University.
Marc Weinstein is Vice-Principal of University Advancement at McGill University in Montreal, where he works with senior levels of administration, overseeing all fundraising and donor relations activities and leading a team responsible for developing alumni engagement and services at Canada’s most international university.
With an alumni base spanning more than 180 countries around the world, McGill’s advancement strategies comprise a strong international focus and leverage digital communication, in concert with a high degree of local volunteer participation, to develop successful engagement and fundraising programs.
An accomplished fundraiser, Weinstein was appointed Vice-Principal in 2008 and spearheaded the University’s most successful campaign, Campaign McGill: History in the Making, which raised $1.026 billion in eight years, drawing on support from nearly 100,000 alumni and friends – including 50,000 first-time McGill donors. In September 2019, Weinstein piloted the launch of Made by McGill: the Campaign for Our Third Century, a bold fundraising campaign with a $2billion goal, aimed at positioning the University to meet the challenges of its next century, and galvanizing the McGill community as the institution prepares to mark its 200th anniversary in 2021.
Before joining McGill, Weinstein served as vice-president and general counsel of the McGill University Health Centre Foundation, playing a key role in the $300-million "Best Care for Life Campaign," and as executive director of the Jewish General Hospital Foundation in Montreal.
Weinstein is a member of the Conference Board of Canada’s National Council of Foundation Executives (NCOFE), the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
At CASE, Weinstein has served for several years as member of the Commission on Philanthropy and a member of the Summit Advisory Team (Summit for Leaders in Advancement 2012). He was co-chair of the 2018 CASE Conference held in Chicago on the theme of “International Advancement: North American Strategies for Global Alumni Relations and Fundraising” for senior advancement professionals and currently serves as an AMAtlas Advisory Committee Member.
In 2014, he received the Outstanding Philanthropic Career Award from the Quebec Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In 2017, he was recognized by CCAE with the Outstanding Achievement Award for extraordinary contributions to the field of educational advancement, exemplifying the highest ideals of the advancement profession and dedicated mentoring of others in the field.
Weinstein holds degrees in Arts and Law (B.C.L./LL.B.) from McGill, as well as a Master of Arts degree from York University in Toronto, and he is a member of the Quebec Bar.
Jeff Zavattero is Head of Global Fixed Income Sales and Head of Fixed Income Sales & Trading at SMBC Nikko Securities America. Jeff manages a team of nearly 40 professionals trading, selling and analyzing credit and rates. Prior to joining SMBC Nikko in 2015, Jeff held comparable positions over 20 years at Bankers Trust/Deutsche, Bear Stearns, Mitsubishi UFJ Securities and Natixis. Until 1995, Jeff spent 3 years in rates sales & structuring and 2 years as an equity research analyst. Jeff worked at AT&T for 2 years upon graduating from UC Berkeley in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.