From the Desk of Andy Shaindlin: Engaging Alumni of Foundations, Fellowships and Other Non-Profits: Insights into an Emerging Field
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Andy Shaindlin, Consulting Vice President, brings nearly 30 years of experience to the firm in Advancement and Alumni Relations in higher education, with expertise in strategic planning, volunteer management, and organizational design for professionals in educational administration.
His extensive experience includes Alumni Relations best practices, strategy, staffing, and trends; Boards and nonprofit governance models; Alumni Relations alignment with fundraising; and digital engagement strategy for alumni.
Andy joined GG+A as an alumni strategy expert in 2015. Previously, Andy served as Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations & Annual Giving at Carnegie Mellon University, where he led a team of 26 staff members in global outreach and annual fundraising for the University’s 97,000 alumni worldwide. Andy led the alumni team during the $1.7 million renovation and relaunch of Carnegie Mellon’s Alumni House, and he instituted the University’s first crowdfunding platform.
Prior to his time at CMU, Andy served for more than ten years as Executive Director of the Caltech Alumni Association. He was also Senior Director, Alumni Programs for the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan and its Director of Alumni Education and Travel. He began his advancement career with seven and a half years in Alumni Relations for his alma mater, Brown University.
Andy has also served as Vice President at Switchboard, an online alumni engagement platform, and serves as expert advisor to that company. He is a Trustee of the American Councils for International Education, an advisor to Future First Global (a UK-based non-profit supporting alumni networks in public school communities worldwide), and previously chaired the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Commission on Alumni Relations. He also served as a CASE Trustee and has received the coveted CASE Crystal Apple award. Additionally, Andy is the founder and author of Alumni Futures, which he launched in 2007 as the first website specifically for alumni relations professionals. Andy holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Brown University and a master’s degree in education from Claremont Graduate University.
Since joining GG+A , Andy has consulted for dozens of organizations, including the Rockefeller Foundation, the University of California (Office of the President), Rice University, the University of British Columbia, King’s College London, Macquarie University (Australia), Middlebury College, the University of Arizona, Oregon State University, Sidwell Friends School, Cornell University, the Grenoble Ecole de Management (France), Aalto University (Finland) and KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), among others.
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