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Alexandria, Virginia

Emily Schell

Emily Schell has worked with Changing Our World for nearly two decades, overseeing a variety of fundraising projects. She has served in roles ranging from interim development director for Save Ellis Island to capital campaign staff for the Pearl Harbor Memorial Fund.  As a key fundraiser on the Pearl Harbor Memorial Fund, Emily worked to raise $50 million in public and private funds to rebuild the museum and visitor center. Currently, Emily is one of the lead consultants on the $50 million campaign to raise the resources for a National World War I Memorial in our nation’s capital. As lead counsel on this project, Emily worked to develop the strategic fundraising framework, provides regular counsel on outreach and prospecting and assists in the implementation of the campaign plan.

Emily’s experience as a consultant has provided her with the opportunity to serve in a diversity of roles. She served as a project manager for one of the largest global organizations working with people with blindness and disabilities, Christian Blind Mission. Her expertise in volunteerism helped her to assist the Points of Light Institute in implementing its campaign fundraising strategy. And she worked with United Way Worldwide, to provide strategic guidance on their fundraising outreach and assisted in the implementation of their major gift efforts. She has facilitated board and leadership trainings that provided an overview of the philanthropic landscape and best practices for fundraising success to nonprofits ranging from Jack and Jill of America Foundation to SOS Children’s Village.

Prior to her work at Changing Our World, Emily managed a corporate philanthropy program for Time Warner and New York Cares. She also served as corporate relations manager for Greater DC Cares where she worked to build corporate partnerships within the Washington D.C. region. Outside of the nonprofit sector, Emily worked as a sales manager for an internet company,.

Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts in politics and German from the University of Puget Sound. She serves on the board of Alexandria Little League and Alexandria Sportsman’s Club, as well as volunteering with the National Charity League.  She currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband, Brian, and their two children.