Mary Ann Sprinkle

Vice President

"You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” - Jane Goodall


Mary Ann Sprinkle, Consulting Vice President, brings to the firm a diverse career in advancement, having served in leadership roles in higher education, academic medicine and health care, and the arts. Mary Ann also serves as Vice President of Development for the Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts in Miami, Florida. Opened in 2006, the Arsht Center is one of the largest performing arts centers in the United States. Sprinkle and her team are responsible for long-term and project-specific growth strategies across a diversified base of individual donors, corporations, foundations, and government grant sources.

Previously, Sprinkle served as the Vice President for Advancement at Emory University and as Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations for the Woodruff Health Sciences Center at Emory University. At Emory, Sprinkle oversaw teams for all schools, colleges, and units; clinical and grateful patient programs; and regional and international fundraising. The teams were responsible for Emory’s $4 billion comprehensive campaign, Emory 2036, and its leadership phase of $2.6 billion, where they secured Emory’s largest gift—$400 million.

Prior to the appointment at Emory University, Sprinkle served as the Associate Vice President for Advancement/Chief Development Officer at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida for more than a decade. In that role, she oversaw the comprehensive teams responsible for fundraising, alumni/ae relations, grateful patient initiatives, and special events for the University of Miami Health System and the Miller School of Medicine. The Miller School of Medicine raised more than $1 billion for Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami. This campaign successfully finished with a total of $1.6 billion in support for the University of Miami and, combined with the initial Momentum Campaign, raised a total of $3 billion during the tenure of President Donna E. Shalala. Additionally, Sprinkle served as Assistant Vice President for Medical Development and Alumni Relations for the Miller School of Medicine, Director of Development for the National Parkinson Foundation, and Managing Director of Development for Florida Grand Opera. Prior to her 16 years in Florida, Sprinkle’s fundraising career was largely in the Pacific Northwest.

Among her professional affiliations, Sprinkle has been active with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, serving in several regional and national leadership roles, as well as with the Association of American Medical Colleges, where she has served as speaker and facilitator at national conferences. In addition to graduating summa cum laude from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, with a BA in Psychology, Sprinkle holds an MS in Counseling from the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon.

  • Rush University System for Health 
  • St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation 
Areas of Expertise
  • Academic Medicine/Grateful Patient Fundraising and Physician Engagement
  • Development of Compelling Principal Gifts
  • Fundraising Performance Management/Metrics
  • Fundraising Training
  • Volunteer Management

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