Charlie Michaud, Principal and Managing Director at CCS, brings more than 27 years of professional fundraising experience to the clients we serve. Based now in New York City after 15 years in the UK and Ireland, Charlie’s career spans working in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
Charlie’s counsel has helped our clients raise more than $1 billion worldwide to advance important causes including: education, food security, global health, human rights, international relief and development, medical research, and poverty eradication. His areas of expertise includes campaign design and management, corporate partnerships, and mobilizing resources from governments.
Charlie has provided strategic counsel and high-level coaching to senior executives, board members, philanthropists and government officials. He has trained fundraising volunteers across diverse cultures and regularly presents on fundraising trends and best practices.
Edward Van Saders leads Financial Operations and Business Strategy for CCS. Edward has 30 years of experience in leadership roles across a broad range of start-ups, global media companies, and nonprofits. In this role, Edward oversees all financial functions.
Prior to joining CCS, Edward was the Chief Strategy Officer of a portfolio of privately owned media assets, leading finance, corporate development, and administration for 12 years. Previously, he served as Chief Financial Officer of AccuWeather, the digital brand Heavy.com, and the environmental media company EcoMedia (subsequently sold to CBS). Earlier in his career, he held financial leadership positions at NBC-Universal, News Corporation, and the Jim Henson Company.
Edward holds a BFA and a certificate in nonprofit management from Marymount Manhattan College where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees. Edward resides in Rockland County and Cape Cod with his family, including triplet daughters.
In her current role, Lauren Handwerker works closely with the executive team and firm leadership to advance firmwide initiatives with a focus on strategy development and growth planning efforts. Lauren previously managed talent acquisition and works closely with the HR team. She spent the first several years of her career at CCS in client services working as a Director with clients across all sectors.
Lauren received her MBA from NYU Stern and holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University. She serves on the Board of the New York chapter of Women in Development (WiD). Lauren resides in Westport, CT with her husband and daughter.
Brian Leamy leads the Corporate Marketing and Business Development function for CCS and has more than 25 years of experience in the professional services and nonprofit sectors. As a member of the executive leadership team at CCS, the Corporate Executive Committee, Brian drives coordination of all marketing efforts for the firm from research to thought leadership, global events and digital engagement.
Prior to joining CCS, Brian spent nearly 10 years with United Way Worldwide and its associated subsidiaries in the role of EVP of Marketing and Enterprise Strategy, as well as 7 years with Deloitte as a management consultant. Brian was previously the Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer for the philanthropic consultancy Arabella Advisors. He has provided advisory services to a wide array of social ventures, nonprofits, and technology firms servicing the nonprofit space, and was the CEO of a global technology company.
Brian is actively involved as a volunteer with several local nonprofit organizations. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as three degrees from the Stevens Institute of Technology and an International Business certificate from Georgetown University. He lives in Northern New Jersey with his wife, two daughters, and puggle.
Lindsey manages CCS’s Central United States operations team out of the Chicago office. She serves as a member of the region’s executive leadership and provides dedicated focus to propelling our firm’s growth mindset. In her daily work, she partners with leaders across the region and firm to identify and implement strategic initiatives related to business development, recruitment, talent management, communications, and other operational priorities.
Lindsey also partners on select client engagements, leveraging her skills in communications, creative messaging, data analysis, staffing, and overall fundraising planning as well as a passion for service stemming from her training as a social worker.
Lindsey has dedicated her career to supporting nonprofit causes. She strongly believes in the power of philanthropy in advancing missions and ultimately transforming communities. “The impact of nonprofit organizations on our society is undeniable,” says Lindsey. “It is a privilege to help drive the operations of a firm so committed to continuously elevating this important work.”
Lindsey received her master’s degree from the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice and a bachelor’s degree from University of Miami. She was raised in a small town outside of Kansas City, Missouri and now lives in the western suburbs of Chicago with her husband, son, and a house full of pets.
Select Client Partners
- DuPage Foundation
- Northwestern Memorial Foundation
- Northern Illinois Food Bank
- Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Louisiana
- University of Texas at Austin
Sarah leads CCS’s Boston office and oversees the firm’s New England-based client partnerships. Since joining the firm in 2012, Sarah’s client engagements have spanned all major non-profit sectors and included campaign planning studies, major gift program development, interim development management, and capital campaign management. Her knowledge of the national philanthropic landscape includes direct experience designing and managing fundraising initiatives for clients across the country, with goals ranging from $3 million to $1 billion. She has specific expertise in designing and managing national, comprehensive major gift campaigns, particularly for institutions with nascent or start-up programs.
Sarah is the co-founder of CCS Elevate, the firm’s thought leadership initiative designed to apply CCS best practices to the next big questions in philanthropy. She is also a member of the firm’s Healthcare Advisory Practice.
Prior to joining CCS, Sarah managed and consulted for more than 20 political fundraising programs in the Midwest and Southern California. During her time in politics, Sarah coached candidates for local, state, and federal offices on effective fundraising strategies that allowed them to out-raise incumbents and win highly contested seats.
Select Client Partners
- Archdiocese of Denver
- Bay Area Discovery Museum
- Boston Children’s Hospital
- Bridge Over Troubled Waters
- Celebrity Series of Boston
- Crocker Art Museum
- Crossroads Rhode Island
- The Dimock Center
- Maine Maritime Academy
- National Coast Guard Museum
- National Women’s Hall of Fame
- Notre Dame High School San Jose
- Partners In Health
- Salve Regina University
- T1D Fund of JDRF International
- Tufts Medical Center
- University of Southern Maine
- Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
In her current role, Janine is responsible for leading CCS’ overall people strategy, talent acquisition and management; employee professional development from onboarding to leadership development; and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. She also oversees organizational design and cultural development, compensation, and benefits. “Recruitment and retention are essential for CCS because our people are our business. We are only as good as our people, and we are fortunate to have amazing, smart people as our colleagues,” says Janine. She works with leaders across the firm and regional locations to maintain and build a dynamic organization that reflects and supports the firm’s values, mission, and purpose.
During her tenure with the firm, Janine has overseen efforts that have resulted in numerous accomplishments: a tripling the firm’s personnel, more effective and streamlined companywide talent acquisition practices in partnership with regional offices, a companywide diversity and inclusion strategy, a fair and equitable compensation structure and practice with salary bands, and the launch of several employee resource groups and social groups to foster connections and support across the firm. Janine is passionate about coaching and fosters an open-door policy for all colleagues, mentoring many leaders at CCS.
Janine’s passion for human resources and the nonprofit world extends beyond CCS, serving in leadership roles in numerous organizations including Women of Color, Women in Development, and Allies in Action. She played an integral role in the establishment of Women of Color’s Radiant Leadership group. In all her work in the human resources space, Janine fosters values of inclusion and respect. Her membership in Chief allows her to connect and learn with fellow women executive leaders and help peers work through leadership challenges.
Janine attended Rider University and majored in Public Relations with a minor in Journalism.
Raymond Happy has planned, directed, and supervised fundraising campaigns throughout the United States and has provided strategic advice to leading organizations around the globe. His projects have raised billions of dollars.
In his career at CCS, Raymond has conducted numerous feasibility and planning studies, building programs, endowment campaigns, and annual appeals. He has helped institutions recruit new trustees, solicit transformational gifts, develop strategic plans, and train leaders across the world in best practices in fundraising and philanthropy.
select client partners
- Kennedy Center (Washington, DC)
- University of Florida
- Ramaz School (New York, NY)
- NYU Langone
- American Civil Liberties Union
Eric Javier is a Principal and Managing Director with CCS Fundraising, the largest fundraising strategy and management firm in the world. For more than 20 years Eric has been a trusted advisor to leading nonprofit executives, trustees, and development leaders. He has helped design and implement more than 200 fundraising campaigns and initiatives that have raised over $2 billion to make a positive difference in communities all around the world. Eric’s primary areas of expertise include feasibility and planning studies; capital and endowment campaigns; major donor programs; principal gift solicitation strategies; strategic development planning; case messaging and storytelling; board development; and coaching and training.
“The truest definition of philanthropy is ‘love of humanity.’ It’s a privilege to work with passionate leaders who are working so hard to make positive change in the world. Philanthropy is the fuel that makes that change possible,” says Eric. Eric frequently speaks about philanthropy and development strategy at professional conferences, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and the League of American Orchestras.
Eric is a proud graduate of Regis High School and the College of the Holy Cross. He resides in Westchester, NY with his wife, Kristin, their two daughters, and rescued dog, Oscar.
select client partners
- Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
- Central Park Conservancy, New York, NY
- City Harvest, New York, NY
- The Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland, OH
- Duke Health, Durham, NC
- Golda Och Academy, West Orange, New Jersey
- Masters School, Dobbs Ferry, NY
- Natural Resource Defense Council, New York, NY
- Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Short Hills, NJ
- University of North Carolina System, Chapel Hill, N
Ted Blackburn has been with CCS for nearly 20 years serving as advisor to organizations across the nonprofit spectrum, including healthcare, independent and higher education, human services, faith, environment and conservation, arts and culture, and advocacy. Ted has dedicated his career to bringing enthusiasm, expertise, and smart solutions to his nonprofit partners to advance their missions.
Ted’s experience includes development strategic planning, lead, principal and major gift programs, capital campaign planning and management, endowment fundraising, foundation and corporate giving, grassroots fundraising strategies, board development and engagement, data and analytics utilization, and volunteer and staff training. Over the course of his career he has designed, advised and directed dozens of resource development initiatives that have raised collectively over $10 billion, positively impacting people and communities of across country.
Ted is a recognized expert in philanthropy and has lead presentations and workshops for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), Counsel for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and Counsel for Advancement and Support of Education – National Associate of Independent Schools (CASE-NAIS). Ted is the Co-Chair of CCS Healthcare Practice Group and a longtime member of CCS Learning Faculty.
Ted is a graduate of Lafayette College and serves on the Lafayette Athletics Maroon Club Board of Directors. He is also the Chair of the Friends of Lafayette Lacrosse Leadership Council.
Select client Partners
- Lucille Packard Foundation for Children’s Health
- Sutter Health and California Pacific Medical Center
- UC Davis Health
- UC Merced
- India Basin Parks Project
- Waterford School