Kara Christ currently serves as the Vice President of Corporate Marketing for CCS Fundraising, leading a team of passionate marketers charged with elevating the brand to contribute to firm growth. She is a data-driven marketing executive skilled in branding strategy, digital experiences and social media, business and relationship development, campaigns implementation, and managing cross-functional, global teams.
With nearly 15 years’ experience delivering successful marketing programs to organizations such as the American Red Cross, KPMG, Alliance Bernstein, and United Bank, Kara is regarded as having strong leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills. She brings an analytical eye for detail and a solutions-oriented approach to setting strategy, problem-solving, and achieving organization goals.
Kara is proud to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Marketing Association, Washington, DC Chapter as the Partnerships Chair, and also on the Board of her Homeowners Association as the Communications Chair. She is passionate about volunteering and regularly donates her time teaching financial literacy (United Bank), mentoring high school students (Urban Alliance), reading to kindergarten children (KFFL), and giving blood at local blood drives (American Red Cross). Kara considers herself a “double-bulldog” having received an MBA from Georgetown University – McDonough School of Business and a BA in Journalism from the University of Georgia.
Elizabeth joined CCS in 2013 and brings deep experience in the education, healthcare, and religious sectors. She has conducted strategic planning and operational assessments, led high performing fundraising teams, and managed major campaigns across the country that have raised more than $750 million. Finding joy in teamwork with clients, Elizabeth brings a combination of skilled project management and high-level strategic guidance to each partnership.
Elizabeth earned her BA from Emory University and MBA/MTS from Vanderbilt University. She recently returned home to Nashville with her husband and two spaniel pups, after living in Chicago, San Francisco, and Sandpoint, Idaho over the years. They love spending time outdoors hiking, camping, and kayaking, and volunteering for their local parks.
Select Client Partners
- Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, Center City, MN
- Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, Palo Alto, CA
- University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
- Archdiocese of Chicago, Chicago, IL
- Diocese of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
- Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School, Chicago, IL
- Antioch University, Yellow Springs, OH
Cherice started her career in law as a legal assistant and then transition to paralegal, where she developed her passion for people, HR, and business process optimization.
She pivoted her career from the legal field into recruiting, where she led recruiting efforts across multiple facets: technology, law, HR, talent, analytics, and more, within several industries.
In her current role, Cherice is responsible for leading CCS’ recruitment strategy and talent acquisition function; She also oversees recruiting strategies across all lines of business as well as talent development initiatives. Cherice is also responsible for responsible for driving diversity efforts that contribute to a strong equitable recruitment process across the firm.
At CCS, Dana has partnered with institutions across all sectors – advocacy, arts and culture, education, environment, healthcare, human services, religion – as they seek to strengthen their infrastructure and undertake ambitious fundraising efforts. Dana’s primary areas of expertise include strategy, evaluation, and planning as she currently oversees the onboarding of feasibility studies, assessments, and development projects, including case development. In this role, she has collaborated with over 50 clients with fundraising goals ranging from $5 million to more than $1 billion.
Prior to joining CCS, Dana supported development at The Shefa School, an independent school in Manhattan serving students with learning differences. Dana played a key role in formalizing the school’s fundraising infrastructure.
Dana received her BA in Communication Studies from Macaulay Honors College at Baruch College and her MS in Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania.
select client partners
- 14th Street Y
- Beth Tfiloh Congregation & Day School
- Child Mind Institute
- Hewitt School
- Harvard Crimson
- Museum of Chinese in America
- NYU Stern School of Business
- Palm Beach Zoo
- Regis High School
- Sanctuary for Families
- The Trevor Project
Eleanor has dedicated her professional career to supporting the development goals of nonprofit organizations. Her counsel has furthered the philanthropic efforts of institutions throughout the Midwest since 2014.
Eleanor brings expertise in major gifts strategy, communications, volunteer management, and coalition-building to every engagement. She has worked extensively with organizational leaders, board members, government officials, and donors to champion transformational initiatives. She values creativity, integrity, and a spirit of collaboration.
Since joining CCS in 2018, Eleanor has led successful efforts across sectors including environmental, arts and culture, higher education, and public-private partnerships.
Eleanor earned a BA in American Studies and French from Smith College.
select client partners
- Lake Forest Open Lands, Lake Forest, IL
- Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee, WI
- Kalamazoo Foundation for Excellence, Kalamazoo, MI
- Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, Detroit, MI
Jacob joined the Analytics team at CCS in 2021. In this role, he validates and examines gift and donor data to develop impactful strategies for clients. With the Analytics team, he works directly with clients and directors to understand the unique factors involved with each client and communicate actionable insights.
To build out his analytic toolbox, Jacob participated in the Data Analytics Program at Thinkful, Inc. Working with experienced data scientists and statisticians, he developed a thorough understanding of data modeling, trend identification, and statistical analysis. Further, he gained extensive experience with the technical tools (Excel, SQL, Python, Tableau) that best implement these quantitative approaches.
Jacob also brings with him over 10 years of experience in academia. He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Duquesne University and his B.A. from St. John’s College, Annapolis. He won several competitive awards for both collaborative projects and his personal research, including a Fulbright Research Fellowship. He taught over 40 classes in logic and the humanities at diverse institutions, including Duquesne University, Villanova University, Temple University, and the Universität Kassel.
Jacob lives in south Philadelphia with his wife, three cats, and uncountable books.
Since joining CCS in 2016, Hollis Hunt has served client partners across a variety of sectors, including education, environmental, health, human services, religious and veteran organizations. She has designed and managed projects ranging from Campaign Planning Studies, Development Assessments, Capital and Endowment Campaigns, and Strategic Plans. Hollis also provides counsel to nonprofit leadership and volunteer leaders to successfully communicate the organization’s mission, case for support, and impact of fundraising efforts to inspire philanthropic support.
Hollis was born in Miami, FL and lived in Guadalajara, Mexico during her early childhood prior to returning to South Florida. Hollis obtained her MBA from Nova Southeastern University and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at St. Thomas University, where she played on the Women’s Varsity Tennis Team. Hollis lives in Dallas, Texas, where she enjoys volunteering for CASA as an advocate for abused and neglected children, playing tennis, cooking, gardening, and spending time with family, friends, and her beloved dog.
select client partners
- Congressional Medal of Honor Society
- Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration
- Indian River Land Trust
- Gifft Hill School
- Make-A-Wish North Texas
- Resources for the Future
- United Negro College Foundation
Christina’s career with CCS began in the Central United States, partnering with clients from Chicago to Houston, and recently returned to her home state of Maine to join the New England team. She has partnered with a wide array of clients, including independent schools, universities and higher education institutions, and religious faith communities and networks.
In the wake of tumultuous times, both in the economy and throughout natural disasters or political banter, Christina’s clients have embarked on capital and endowment campaigns, feasibility studies, and other major philanthropic objectives – and found success. She has recruited, trained and deployed over 1,000 volunteers during her tenure, and served clients helping to raise more than $500 million. Additionally, Christina is a member of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, and serves on the CCS firm-wide Gift Planning Team; an internal firm resource for education and application of the ever-evolving opportunities for non-cash gifts.
Christina earned her dual bachelor’s degree in Public Relations/Advertising and Theology from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and since then has enjoyed living in multiple US cities and states for her work with CCS, including Chicago, Houston, Austin, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Boston, and Portland, Maine. She served as an AmeriCorps volunteer at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls in Chicago, a reputed non-profit organization providing therapeutic residential treatment for teenagers in need. This spurred a deep passion for access to quality education and the power of 1:1 mentoring, instilling in Christina a desire to serve outside of her CCS work. She volunteers at her local church’s high school youth group, loves to be active and outdoors in the Maine wilderness, and has her “guard-dog” golden retriever, Finley, always at her side.
select client partners
- Maine Maritime Academy
- Archdiocese of Chicago
- Diocese of Austin
- Xavier University of Louisiana
- Dublin School
- The Fay School
- Temple Israel
Anne is a key member of the Southern California division, leading numerous clients through vital campaign feasibility studies, planning, and management initiatives. She has also become deeply involved in CCS’s training, mentoring, and education programs serving the internal directing staff and clients and friends throughout the industry.
Anne has provided long-term campaign counsel to several clients, including the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, CA on its $55 million comprehensive campaign and the Ronald McDonald House Orange County on its $12 million Together capital campaign. She is most proud of her role in these partnerships and others in helping to secure cornerstone, seven-figure gifts and advance an organization’s vision through transformative philanthropy.
Anne has also conducted multiple feasibility and assessment studies for clients in the arts, healthcare, and education sectors.
Prior to her tenure with CCS, Anne spent six years working in nonprofit and political fundraising. She served as a consultant in both Los Angeles, CA and Washington, D.C. During that time, Anne worked on a wide variety of political campaigns, including local, state, congressional, and presidential, and has contributed to the electoral success of many current elected officials at all levels of government.
select client partners
- Ronald McDonald House – Orange County
- Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
- USA Water Polo
- MLK Community Healthcare
- The Pegasus School
- Riverside Art Museum
- Santa Ana College Foundation
During her nine years with CCS, Shelby has partnered with thirteen clients, spanning across nine states, raising more than $600 million in cumulative campaign funds. Her broad philanthropic experience allows her to take the best ideas and adapt them for the unique communities in which she works. She is a thoughtful, observant interviewer, keen listener, effective communicator, and adaptable leader. Shelby has conducted countless interviews, developed cases that capture needs ranging from $5 million to $125 million, constructed dozens of campaign plans, trained hundreds of volunteers, and has championed successful campaigns.
Internally at CCS, Shelby serves on the Learning Committee, helping to provide educational opportunities to fellow Chicago and St. Louis office colleagues. As a CCS mentor, she has helped to onboard more than 30 new directors, providing them with the initial tools needed for successful client relations. She continues to serve as a sector leader and liaison to other CCS teams, providing thought leadership across the firm.
Shelby earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University and her Master of Business Administration degree from Syracuse University.