Big Ten Fund Raisers Institute

A Premier Forum for Development Leaders

BTFRI 2019 Presenters

Tahsin I. Alam

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Associate Vice President, Talent Management and Organizational Development, Rutgers University Foundation


Tahsin I. Alam is Associate Vice President, Talent Management and Organizational Development at the Rutgers University Foundation. He serves as a member of the Foundation President’s Executive Leadership Group.

A higher education search industry veteran with over 14 years of experience in Presidential and Advancement professional searches, Mr. Alam began his career as an Associate with Isaacson Miller, a Boston-based national search firm.

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Michael S. Barr

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Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy, Frank Murphy Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, Roy F. and Jean Humphrey Proffitt Professor of Law


Michael S. Barr is the Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy at the Ford School, the Frank Murphy Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, the Roy F. and Jean Humphrey Proffitt Professor of Law, and faculty director of the Center on Finance, Law, and Policy. He is also a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and, previously, at the Brookings Institution. He co-founded both the International Transactions Clinic and the Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project of the Community and Economic Development Clinic.

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Nathan Chappell

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President, Futurus Group 


Nathan serves as President of Futurus Group, a cutting-edge firm dedicated to the application of artificial intelligence in fundraising.


In his prior role as Senior Vice President of Philanthropy at City of Hope, Nathan oversaw fundraising activities that helped generate more than $165 million per year. Prior to joining City of Hope, Nathan served as Assistant Vice Chancellor at UC San Diego and also as a consultant with CCS Fundraising.

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Dondi Cupp

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 Associate Vice President for Development, University of Michigan 


Dondi Cupp serves as associate vice president for development at the University of Michigan. As a member of the senior management team in the Office of University Development, he is responsible for leading the national major gifts team and supervising constituency fundraising programs including foundation relations, parent and family giving, and the Business Engagement Center. He also oversees the finance and administration and talent management programs.

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Erin Hall-Westfall

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Director of Talent Management and Human Resources for University Development and Alumni Relations, The University of Cambridge  


Erin Hall-Westfall is a talent management leader with more than 15 years of experience in higher education, working in development and alumni relations organisations across three institutions. 


Erin is currently the Director of Talent Management and Human Resources for University Development and Alumni Relations at The University of Cambridge. 

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David A. Lively

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 Senior Associate Vice President and Campaign Manager, Alumni Relations and Development, Northwestern University 


With 24 years of experience in higher education advancement, David Lively has directed successful development strategies across five comprehensive fundraising campaigns. Lively joined Northwestern University in January 2012 and in his current role manages We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern, a $3.75 billion University-wide fundraising campaign. Additionally, he oversees a team of 60 development professionals responsible for principal gifts, regional and international major gifts (including offices in New York and San Francisco), gift planning, and campaign planning.

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Ross and Billie McKnight

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Ross McKnight is a banker, rancher, oilman, and philanthropist who lives in Throckmorton, Texas where he was born and raised.


Billie McKnight is a native of Davis Oklahoma and a graduate of the Oklahoma State University School of Business.  

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