Aly Mennuti has had a passion for philanthropy from a young age, largely due to the influence of her mother who instilled a belief that the global and local must unite to change the world. Aly has been privileged to merge her idealism with a career that provides her with the ability to help nonprofit organizations across all sectors set bold goals and deliver tangible achievements.

Since joining CCS in 2015, Aly has partnered with clients across several sectors; from small local organizations to international nonprofits and has helped them strengthen their programs, elevate their causes and profiles, and achieve their mission-driven goals. It has been Aly’s pleasure to follow best practices in philanthropy and apply those constantly evolving approaches to the unique needs of each nonprofit to guide transformational change.

Aly has vast experience in the areas of marketing, foundations, corporate and individual giving, major gifts research and solicitation, campaign volunteer management and pledge collection. She has had the opportunity to partner with clients ranging from associations, independent schools, arts, health and human service, and religious sectors.

Recently, Aly was privileged to work side-by-side with the American College of Cardiology on a bold endeavor to implement and execute their capital campaign to fund programmatic efforts in diversity and inclusion, leadership development and global health disparities and care. The campaign, which exceeded all projections, will further efforts in innovation in cardiovascular care and treatment for patients worldwide.

select client partners

  • The Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA
  • American College of Cardiology, Washington, DC
  • House of Ruth Maryland, Baltimore, MD

A seasoned fundraising and consulting professional, Allyson’s areas of expertise include strategic planning, major and principal gifts, foundation and corporate relations, and development staff management, training, and evaluation.

Allyson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Liberal Arts with a concentration in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.  She has served on the boards of the Center for Responsible Funding and the Bread and Roses Community Fund.  Allyson grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, and currently resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

select client partners

  • The Baldwin School
  • Howard University
  • Hunter College
  • National Museum of Women in the Arts
  • New-York Historical Society
  • New York-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Lawrence University

Alissa has spent her career advancing the missions of nonprofit organizations. Her first-hand experience witnessing the community impact of nonprofit work drives her passion for philanthropy.

Alissa has over a decade of experience working with organizations in the arts and culture, higher education, advocacy, and primary and secondary education sectors. As a Vice President, Alissa partners with mission-driven organizations and provides interim management and strategic guidance on transformational fundraising campaigns, infrastructure assessments, volunteer leadership development, and systems management.

Within CCS, Alissa is proud to be part of her team’s mentorship program, helping newer directors at CCS succeed. She also serves on a committee to expand CCS’s DEI initiatives and a thought leadership task force working to provide firmwide educational resources and professional development opportunities around the topic of fiscal management.

Alissa received her BA from Cornell University. After seven years in Vermont, Alissa returned to her home state of New York and currently resides in Manhattan with her husband. She enjoys taking longs walks in Riverside Park, experiencing all the cultural gems New York City has to offer, and attending the occasional tennis match and basketball game.

 

Since joining the firm in 2012, Meghan has led development assessments, managed key campaigns, and executed campaign planning studies for institutions in the healthcare, higher education, civic, social service, and faith-based sectors. She loves partnering with her clients to find new and innovative ways to meet their extraordinary goals.  Meghan grounds each of her engagements with quantitative and qualitative analysis to inform the best path forward and is committed to thinking deeply about each client’s needs and developing tailored solutions.

Meghan holds a Bachelor of Arts from the College of William and Mary and a Master of Arts from Cornell University. She grew up in Kansas City and now lives in Chicago with her family.

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  • Archdiocese of Chicago
  • Feeding America
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • University of Texas at Austin

Natalia works closely with NY-based executives to manage operations and identify and execute strategic initiatives related to talent management, business development, and the client service model.

Over her past ten years with CCS, Natalia worked on client engagements and served in a business development role prior to her current position. She is honored to serve now as a key member of the operations team supporting the growth and vision of CCS.

Natalia received her MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business and holds a bachelor’s from Amherst College. She hails from Seattle and now lives in Westchester County, New York.

Bob Weston brings to CCS 30 years of independent school experience and expertise as an educator, administrator, and fundraiser.  Over the span of his career, Bob has held several senior administrative positions, and worked extensively on hiring and recruiting faculty, collaborating on institutional strategic planning, and directing annual, major gifts, and capital campaign fundraising programs.

In his most recent role as Associate Head for External Affairs at St. George’s School, Bob directed the communications, alumni relations, and development offices, while also serving as the school’s chief fundraiser.  He spearheaded the school’s From These Walls capital campaign, which raised over $32 million for programs, facilities, and endowment.  He also directed the fundraising efforts to raise $3.5 million for the construction of two turf fields, and he helped to grow the annual fund during the school’s capital campaign.

As an experienced fundraiser and school administrator, Bob’s deep knowledge of independent schools’ culture, programs, and fundraising needs uniquely positions him to serve our independent clients well.

Bob received his MA in English literature from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English and his BA in English from Amherst College, where he also captained the men’s varsity basketball team.

Melissa Rothberg is an Executive Vice President at CCS. Based out of the firm’s New York office, Melissa works with a broad range of clients across multiple sectors and functions on strategy, operations, and management.

Since joining CCS in 2013, Melissa has partnered with public and private institutions in the fields of education, national and international advocacy, global leadership development, arts and culture, environmental policy, human services and healthcare. She frequently works with clients not only to develop the resources necessary for building and executing ambitious fundraising goals, but also on the infrastructure essential for sustaining them over the long term. Experienced at both high-level campaign strategy and day-to-day organizational operations, Melissa has supported clients with financial targets ranging from $25 million to more than $1 billion.

At CCS, Melissa has been a longtime Corporate Mentor, advising the firm’s emerging directors, and serves on the Talent Recruitment team.

Melissa received her BA from Kenyon College and her MA from The University of Chicago. She is a member of the Board of Directors of College Diabetes Network, and a Junior Leadership Council member of the New York Stem Cell Foundation.

select client partners

  • Human Rights Watch
  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • City University of New York/City College
  • Signature Theatre
  • Committee to Protect Journalists
  • The New York Women’s Foundation
  • The Dodd Center for Human Rights, at the University of Connecticut
  • The New York Botanical Garden
  • Central Synagogue
  • Resolve to Save Lives/Vital Strategies

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Allyson brings almost twenty years of experience in fundraising, nonprofit management, and board development to client partners, collaborating in a variety of ways to support growth and success.  With ten years at CCS, Allyson’s work includes interim management, campaign execution, planning studies, development assessments, and capacity building for diverse organizations across social sectors.  Her key achievements include heightening campaign performance, securing transformational seven and eight- figure commitments, and implementing successful fundraising initiatives from concept to public phase.

Allyson has worked directly with teams of thought leaders whose goals are to advance outreach, education, and leadership around mission-critical initiatives. In each project, Allyson aligns the fundraising endeavor with a spirit of collaboration and team-building, which serves as the underpinning for incredible success.

Over her time at CCS, Allyson has served as Co-Chair of the People of Color/Multicultural Employee Resource Group (ERG) and is an active member of the firm’s DEI Working Group.  She is also on the DEI Subcommittee of CCS’ Board of Directors.

Allyson is a former board member of both the Clemson University Black Alumni Council and the Community Investment Network.  A graduate of the Hilton Head Island Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Program, she also served on the Chamber’s Board of Regents. Allyson volunteers with the St. Croix Foundation for Community Development (US Virgin Islands) around hurricane recovery, community organizing, and building collective leadership for nonprofit organizations.  Allyson resides in Atlanta, GA and is a founding member of the Black Alumni Collective and a German Marshall Fellow.  A graduate of Clemson University, Allyson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish language and International Trade. She also completed the Master dei Talenti program at Fondazione CRT (Torino, Italy), and she holds a master’s from Boston University in arts and nonprofit administration.

select client partners

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of America
  • Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
  • Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford
  • Medical College of Georgia
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • My Brother’s Keeper Alliance
  • Tuskegee University
  • University of Florida
  • Winston Salem State University
  • Xavier University of Louisiana 

Since joining CCS in 2011, Carl has been privileged to have provided counsel to numerous clients in the faith-based, health, education, and social service sectors. His areas of expertise include project management, capital campaigns, feasibility and planning studies, organizational development, data analysis, volunteer management, major gifts, and annual fundraising.

Carl is a strong believer in the power of philanthropy and the opportunities it can provide. “I am blessed to have been the beneficiary of the generosity of others through scholarships. I have experienced firsthand the impact philanthropy can provide.”

Growing out of these experiences, Carl appreciates the importance of being socially just and giving back to those less fortunate. Therefore, he chose to pursue a career in helping nonprofits provide opportunities to those who need it most.

Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Carl resides in Rockville Centre, on Long Island, with his wife, Caroline, and daughter, Mairéad. He is a proud graduate of Belvedere College S.J. in Dublin and The University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Select client Partners

  • NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • The University of Scranton
  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn
  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh
  • Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens
  • Catholic Charites of Long Island
  • The Guide Dog Foundation/ America’s VetDogs
  • Ability Beyond
  • Rochester General Hospital
  • The Stony Brook School
  • Adam J. Lewis Academy

Chris Polito brings 16 years’ experience in designing, implementing, and managing key philanthropic initiatives for nonprofit organizations in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions and Canada.

Since joining CCS in 2006, Chris has partnered on more than 50 strategic resource development initiatives and capital campaigns that have raised collectively over $500 million. Chris is an expert in feasibility and planning studies and development assessments and annual appeals. He has implemented leadership and major gifts fundraising for numerous clients in faith-based, healthcare, human and social services, and primary and secondary education sectors.

From July 2013 to January 2016, Chris, his wife and daughter, moved to Toronto where he served as Executive Director of the Archdiocese of Toronto’s $105 million Family of Faith Campaign, which ultimately raised more than $170 million CAD, becoming the most successful faith-based fundraising initiative in Canadian history.

Chris served as the President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Southern New Jersey Chapter from 2019-2021 and was recognized as a top 40 Under 40 Leader by the Philadelphia Business Journal in 2020. He has been invited to speak at national and international industry conferences hosted by Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS), AFP Eastern Pennsylvania, Greater Philadelphia, Greater Toronto and Southern New Jersey Chapters, New Jersey Association of Independent Schools (NJAIS), and the Planned Giving Council of Greater Philadelphia.

Currently residing in Mount Laurel, NJ with his wife and daughter, Chris grew up in Colts Neck, New Jersey, went to Red Bank Catholic High School, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C.

select client partners

  • Archdiocese of Toronto, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Archdiocese of Newark
  • Elwyn (Media, PA)
  • Kean University (Union, NJ)
  • Make-A-Wish Philadelphia, Delaware & Susquehanna Valley
  • Roman Catholic High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Saints Peter and Paul Parish and School (Easton, MD)
  • The Gunston School (Centreville, MD)
  • The Shipley School (Bryn Mawr, PA)
  • United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (Philadelphia, PA)
  • West Catholic Preparatory High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • World Trade Center Greater Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)

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