Sarah R. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.