Tycely Williams, a Certified Fundraising Executive, has inspired individuals and institutions in her 25-year career to invest over $135 million dollars in charitable causes. As Chief Development Officer for The Bipartisan Policy Center, she crafts strategies to fuel the best ideas from Democrats and Republicans to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans.
Tycely most recently served as Chief Development Officer for America’s Promise Alliance, the largest alliance of youth-serving organizations in the U.S. She’s also advanced philanthropy as vice president of development of YWCA USA, as the chief development officer for the American Red Cross National Capital Region, an association director of major gifts for the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, a director of development for two health and human services organizations, the artistic director of two community-based dance studios, and the executive director for a nonprofit organization founded by a Fortune 500 company.
A cum laude graduate of Wake Forest University, Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication with distinguished departmental honors and a minor in Journalism. Tycely possesses an Executive Master’s in Leadership from The McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. She’s completed postgraduate work at Boston University (Professional Fundraising Program), Duke University (Nonprofit Management Program), and Georgetown University (New Strategies-Business for Impact). Currently, Tycely teaches Fundraising & Leadership at The Pennsylvania University.
As a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Global Board of Directors, she leads the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access Committee. She is a past president of the AFP Washington DC Metro Chapter, and the inaugural chair of AFP’s Women’s Impact Initiative.
In addition, she chairs the governing boards of Monument Academy Public Charter School, the Nonprofit Alliance Foundation, Rising Media Stars; and YWCA National Capital Area, while representing the not-for-profit sector as a member of The Blackbaud Giving Fund Board of Directors. She is an active member of the Wake Forest University Alumni Council, serves on the Board of Directors for Leadership Greater Washington, and is a Lifetime Girl Scouts.
A joyful divorcée, Tycely resides in Northern Virginia, enjoys taste-testing fried green tomatoes and conversing with values-driven leaders in preparation for her first book. You can follow her take on fundraising and leadership on Twitter at @tycely.