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Employment History

Vice President for Alumni Relations and Development

Northwestern University

Vice President forAlumni Relations and Development

Northwestern University

Advancement Positions

Northwestern University


Council for Advancement and Support of Education

Chief Development Officer

Broad Institute

Member of the Campaign Team

Cornell University

Advancement Positions

Cornell University

Associate Vice President, Development and Alumni Relations, University of Chicago Johnetta Stevens, Senior Director, Regional Major Gifts

University of Chicago

Advancement Positions

University of Chicago


Board Member
Cornell Fund

Board Member and Conference Leader
Council for Advancement and Support of Education

Board of Trustees Member
Council for Advancement and Support of Education


master's degree
theater arts
Brandeis University

bachelor's degree

Bates College

Web References (15 Total References)

CASE - 2009-2010 CASE Trustee Election

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Sarah Pearson Vice President of Alumni Relations and Development Northwestern University Ms. Pearson has been in the profession since 1980, having held advancement positions at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, Cornell University and Harvard University. She has been active in CASE both at the district and national levels. She is a former board member and conference leader for CASE District V, a former member of the CASE Commission on Philanthropy, and the 2008 chair of the CASE Summit for Advancement Leaders. She is a frequent conference speaker and currently serves as the chair of the CASE Summer Institute in Educational Fundraising. She is the recipient of the CASE Crystal Apple Award for Teaching Excellence.

Leadership in Development Management

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Sarah R. Pearson

Sarah Pearson has been in the advancement profession since 1980. She is currently vice president for alumni relations and development at Northwestern University, which completed a $1.55 billion campaign in August 2003. She manages a team of 165 staff, servicing six undergraduate schools, the graduate school programs, a Big Ten athletics organization, and the university's museum and library. She works closely with the president, trustees, deans and directors, as well as senior colleagues in the university's three professional schools to ensure that the strategic direction of the alumni relations and development supports the vision and goals of the academic leadership.
Pearson began her development career in 1980 at Harvard University. She then served as a member of the Cornell University campaign team as director of the Cornell Fund during Cornell's $1.5 billion campaign effort. Moving on to the University of Chicago, she served as associate vice president of development and alumni relations and campaign director. In addition to managing eight development teams, she was responsible for the strategic design and launch of the university's ongoing $2 billion campaign.
For the past 26 years, her work with volunteers, donors and colleagues has informed her commitment to relationship based fundraising, integrated program design, strategic planning and management. Pearson has served as conference chair for the CASE conference on campaign strategies, and prior to that for four years as a member of Dave Dunlop's faculty for nurturing major gift fundraising. She is a past member of the CASE District V Board and past program chair of the District V annual conference. She has served on the CASE Commission on Philanthropy and was chair of CASE's 2007 Summit for Advancement Leaders. Pearson received the CASE Crystal Apple for teaching excellence in 2008.
Pearson received her bachelor's degree from Bates College and her master's degree in theater arts from Brandeis University.

CASE - CASE Board of Trustees

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Sarah Pearson

Sarah Pearson

Administrative Leadership | Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

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Sarah Pearson Chief Development Officer

Workshop & Session Descriptions

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Sarah Pearson , Associate Vice President , Development & Alumni Relations , University of Chicago Johnetta Stevens , Senior Director , Regional Major Gifts , University of ChicagoWhether it's explicit or implicit at your institution , the research function is closely tied to prospect management.Leaving aside the mechanics of prospect tracking ( see instead the Advancement Services Track session on Fundamentals of Prospect Tracking on Saturday ) , this session will cover how you can utilize a prospect management system to assign the division of labor that will carry forth the fund-raising objective for your organization.Come hear what two experienced fund raisers have to say about research's importance and role in a fully integrated prospect management system.

333 Strategic Planning : Developing a Vision and Goals for theResearch Office ( Management )

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