TUCSON, Ariz., Aug. 7, 2013 — The Muscular Dystrophy Association today announced the appointment of Ann McNamara as Executive Vice President — Chief Development Officer. Her first day with the organization will be Tuesday, September 3.
"Ann comes to MDA as a dynamic and strategic fundraising executive with almost 20 years leading, growing, rebranding, and establishing new fundraising and income operations, programs and services," said MDA President and Chief Executive Officer Steven M. Derks. "Her ability to think creatively, partner collaboratively, and embrace her work passionately will serve MDA well as we build on our rich history and progress. She is an accomplished philanthropic leader who will enhance our ability to fund our lifesaving mission. "
In her new capacity, McNamara will lead innovation for and program management of MDA’s entire income portfolio, including national events such as Muscle Walk, Fill the Boot and Shamrocks; social events such as Muscle Team, galas and golf outings; as well as planned giving, online revenue and direct mail. She also will be responsible for new fundraising initiatives in major gifts and MDA’s endurance events.
Recently she was an independent contractor with Event 360, a national fundraising consulting firm in Chicago, and prior to that was vice president of annual giving at the American Cancer Society, Illinois Division.
"I’m honored by this exciting opportunity to join such a remarkable organization,” McNamara said. “MDA has a special mission, heritage and array of programs. It will be my distinct honor to work with all our supporters to take our fundraising opportunities to an even higher level so we can build on our position as the world’s leading voluntary health agency fighting muscle disease.”
While at the American Cancer Society’s Illinois Division, McNamara launched its first online fundraising platform; created an award-winning endurance fundraising program; established cause-related programs with Fortune 500 companies; developed a customer relationship management, donor and volunteer data management system; created and implemented individual and programmatic fundraising performance metrics; and leveraged best practices for training and cost containment as well as holistic integration of mission, major gift and planned giving lead generation.
McNamara enjoyed a 20-year career at ACS with increasing levels of responsibility and management authority. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. She and her husband John reside in Chicago with their four daughters.
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