Dr. Ashutosh Nandeshwar thrives on creating effective systems and processes with tools and technology. With his education in systems engineering, artificial intelligence, and design thinking, he built solutions to improve fundraising results at the world’s top higher education institutions. He has written multiple books, including a co-authored book titled “Data Science for Fundraising.”

Ashutosh says, “CCS works with a range of nonprofit organizations, and that offers a unique opportunity to apply data science and analytics at scale to make a significant impact in the world.”

Ashutosh earned Ph.D. and MS in Industrial Engineering, specializing in machine learning, and an MS in design thinking. He loves speaking about the power of data and is invited to give keynotes at national conferences. He is an active member of various professional organizations, including a term on Apra’s board, where he led the planning of the data science curriculum for the fundraising industry. 

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.

Elizabeth is a thought leader in philanthropy and expert in fundraising. She has led capital campaigns and development initiatives that have collectively raised half a billion dollars for education, healthcare, arts and culture, and advocacy organizations.

Since joining CCS in 2013, Elizabeth has partnered with institutions to plan and implement large-scale fundraising campaigns with revenue goals ranging from $5 million to over $1 billion. In this role, she provides counsel on strategic planning, major gifts fundraising, and board engagement. She has directed campaign planning studies, served in interim development roles, and managed annual campaigns and special fundraising events.

Elizabeth has been recognized by BELLA Magazine as a “Woman of Influence in Philanthropy.” She is an instructor at the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches “Fundraising & Philanthropy: The Donor Journey” to graduate students in the Nonprofit Leadership Program. Elizabeth serves on the Board of the Nonprofit Leadership Program Alumni Association, and in 2020, she was inducted into the School of Social Policy and Practice Alumni Hall of Fame for her work with mission-driven organizations. She also serves on the AFP-NYC Mentorship Committee. Beyond the classroom, you can find Elizabeth offering her fundraising expertise at industry conferences, on nonprofit podcasts, and on social media platforms including LinkedIn and Instagram.

Elizabeth holds a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter and is an avid hiker, traveler, and tea drinker.

Elizabeth’s Commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access:

Elizabeth’s belief in social justice influenced her fundraising career: In rural Rwanda, she volunteered at a youth village for vulnerable Rwandan youth that was founded in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide. In Jaipur, India, she lived and studied the generational empowerment of Indian women, working with mothers seeking to build lives of dignity and prosperity for themselves and their families. These global experiences—grounded in the values of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access—motivated Elizabeth to improve the world through philanthropy. She incorporates these values and intentional practices daily, as she leads projects and teams at CCS and as she raises a global citizen of her own.

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  • ADL (Anti-Defamation League)
  • Baptist Health South Florida
  • Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
  • The Chapin School
  • The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Columbia University School of Nursing
  • E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation
  • Friends Academy
  • The Hewitt School
  • The Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
  • The Newark Public Library
  • NYU Stern School of Business
  • The Parkinson’s Foundation
  • The Police Athletic League
  • The Ramaz School
  • The Spence School
  • The Speyer Legacy School
  • Sutton Place Synagogue
  • Versiti Blood Research Institute

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Jessica brings more than a decade of professional fundraising and non-profit management experience to the clients we serve. A talented major gift fundraiser and strategist, she has partnered with local and global organizations to design and manage successful fundraising initiatives.

Jessica has significant experience conducting fundraising audits and feasibility studies; developing major gift strategies for individuals and corporations; conducting prospect research; coaching and mentoring organizational leaders; and managing transformational campaigns.

Jessica has worked with a diverse group of not-for-profit organizations spanning education, advocacy, international relief and development, health, arts, and other global imperatives.

Prior to joining CCS, Jessica worked with organizations including Umbrella Foundation in Nepal, Concern Worldwide, Robin Hood Foundation and the Office of the President of the General Assembly at the United Nations.

Jessica earned an M.A. in International Development from University College Dublin, and a B.S. in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University. Jessica lived and worked in Dublin, Ireland for four years with CCS and now resides in her hometown of New York City with her husband, son, and Bernadoodle, Murph.

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  • The Motley Fool Foundation
  • Asia Society
  • Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • The Nature Conservancy China
  • Stamford Symphony
  • University College Dublin
  • Philanthropy University
  • Science Gallery International
  • Mercy International Association
  • Aurora Humanitarian Initiative
  • New York Common Pantry

Jasmine Guy is CCS’s Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Hailing from Chicago, Jasmine has pursued a high-profile career in DEI, with extensive experience in higher education, local government, professional services, membership services, fundraising, retail management, and communications. After spending seven years at the University of Chicago, Jasmine moved to the law firm Foley & Lardner LLP, and most recently to Major, Lindsey & Africa/Allegis Partners, where she served as its Director of DE&I / Corporate Social Responsibility.

A high-profile civic leader and sought-after speaker on DEI, social justice, access and opportunity, Jasmine was recently recognized as one of Chicago’s most influential and inclusive leaders as she was selected as one of only fifty Chicago United – 2021 Business Leaders of Color.

Polly is a Senior Vice President at CCS Fundraising.  In this capacity, she has successfully partnered with nonprofit clients in a variety of sectors across Colorado. Polly believes in the transformative power of philanthropy and has worked with organizations to help them reach the most ambitious fundraising goals in the history of their organizations. Polly has effectively conducted feasibility and planning studies, developed major gifts programs, led teams through change, built systems, and led her clients in the planning and execution of major capital and comprehensive campaigns.  

Polly is from Denver and is active in the Colorado community. She is on the Board of Trustees at Denver Academy and sits on the governance committee. Additionally, she recently completed two terms on the Board of Directors for KIPP Colorado Schools and was the co-chair of their development committee. Polly is an alumnus of the Institute for Leaders in Development through the University of Denver. Previously, she was the Managing Director of Development and Managing Director of Individual Giving at Teach For America Colorado where she led the team in raising over $35 million. She also taught 3rd grade in Los Angeles (LA) and served as an instructional coach in LA and Denver. Polly has a B.A. in Spanish Literature from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a certification in elementary urban education from the University of California Los Angeles.  

Polly lives in Denver with her spouse and two young daughters.

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  • Denver Academy
  • Denver Health
  • Mile High United Way

Allison Willner founded and leads CCS Fundraising’s Systems practice area, partnering with complex organizations to holistically analyze fundraising operations and assess the integrity of key development workflows.

Centered on ‘data in practice’, her work evaluates the ability of client systems and processes to support effective, impactful development programs – given where each organization is now, and where they aim to grow. A strong believer in the power of storytelling, she helps clients take ownership of their data narratives and create clear sight lines from individual activity to big-picture goals.

Allison has an MBA from Columbia Business School, and a BA in creative writing from SUNY Binghamton. She loves good coffee, magical realism, unusual houseplants, and making data visualizations for fun.

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  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Bard College
  • Catholic Health
  • Child Mind Institute
  • Duke Health
  • Duke University
  • Inova Health Foundation
  • Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health
  • Operation Smile
  • United Way Worldwide
  • University of Maryland Medical System Foundation
  • Wesleyan University

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.

Jackie has comprehensive campaign experience, including; engaging with key stakeholders, preparing and coaching leaders, designing tailored fundraising strategies, and developing communication plans. 

In joining almost eight years ago, Jackie brought strong experience from the business world as well as from local and international charities, the latter through her voluntary commitments. At CCS, she has driven both strategic and operational projects, supporting clients in various sectors including; faith-based, education and health. Leading unprecedented initiatives, she has helped clients raise over €40 million and been involved in every aspect, from the planning stages through to donor stewardship and on-going communications. 

Jackie’s role has included engaging with key stakeholders, preparing and coaching leaders, designing tailored fundraising plans and supporting large groups of volunteers. Additionally, she has overseen CCS colleagues on campaigns and clients’ fundraising staff (‘frontline’ fundraisers and those providing operational/administrative support). 

As a qualified accountant, Jackie worked for eight years in the corporate sector in Dublin. She has maximised that expertise, efficiency and project management skill for our clients. 

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  • TU Dublin 
  • Dublin City University 
  • Alexandra College 
  • Diocese of Portsmouth 
  • Diocese of Shrewsbury 
  • Mater Foundation 
  • Pieta 

Leigh has more than a decade of experience working with and within nonprofit organizations. Since joining CCS in 2013, she has partnered with organizations throughout the country and across the spectrum of nonprofits sectors, including arts and culture, healthcare, and education to raise over $500M in capital and programmatic funding.
She has led the design of large-scale fundraising initiatives and extraordinary campaigns and has counseled organizations with financial targets ranging from $2M to $1B. Much of Leigh’s work has focused on campaign design and planning, principal and major gift strategies, board engagement and growth, organizational and development assessments, feasibility and planning studies, and interim development management. She has partnered with organizations to develop strategic donor engagement plans and drive overall philanthropic revenue.
Leigh is a graduate of Tulane University where her passion for philanthropy grew as she coordinated logistics and communication efforts for several Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts. She has visited more than 25 countries, on 5 continents, witnessing the great challenges in developing nations. She recognizes the direct impact of generosity on a global scale and remains inspired by partnering with clients to achieve their philanthropic goals and see real impact in the world.

Select Client Partners

  • Abington Friends School, PA
  • Archdiocese of Hartford, CT
  • Bideawee, NY
  • Diocese of Charlotte, NC
  • Easy Water for Everyone, NY
  • Film at Lincoln Center, NY
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center, NY
  • Lincoln Center Theater, NY
  • New York Genome Center, NY
  • St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, MD
  • Virtua Foundation, NJ
  • Weill Cornell Medicine, NY