With more than a decade of experience working in international philanthropy, Jennifer has worked for organizations focused on community and economic development, poverty solutions, human rights, religion and faith, secondary and higher education, and global health and healthcare.  She is continually inspired by the impact nonprofits can make when connected to the necessary resources and capacity.

Jennifer has extensive experience with a variety of development initiatives, including major gifts, capital campaign design and implementation, running a development office, staff training, planning and feasibility studies, and specialist prospect research and strategy.  She brings a wide range of cross-sector experience to her work at CCS since joining the firm in 2012.

Jennifer earned an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BA from the University of Notre Dame.  After leading campaigns from the New York City and London offices for many years, she is now based in her hometown of Pittsburgh, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.

Speaking and Community Involvement:

  • AFP Pittsburgh Emerging Philanthropy Conference
  • Yale School of Management Reunions, Planning and Gift Committees

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  • The Lab School of Washington
  • Chabad Belgravia
  • Allegheny Health Network
  • Villanova University

Jared Melville is a seasoned fundraising and campaign management consultant who has worked with CCS and its clients since 2010.  His experiences include working with over 30 nonprofit organizations to conduct capital campaigns, increased annual fund initiatives, development assessments, and planning studies. Projects that Jared has been a part of have raised over $380 million on behalf of diverse causes from individual donors, foundations, and corporations.

Over the course of his tenure with CCS, Jared has partnered with organizations in nearly every nonprofit sector including religious, environmental, social and human services, primary and secondary education, higher education, and arts and culture. His broad and deep knowledge of fundraising in a variety of contexts is a reflection of CCS’s unique position as a leading development consulting firm. His areas of expertise are campaign planning, prospect development and research, case development and communications, board training and cultivation, volunteer management, and major gift strategies.

Outside of working as an experienced fundraiser, Jared lives in Boston, MA with his partner Hannah and dog Arlo, and is an active member of his community volunteering for local food insecurity programs and participating in activities that support social justice.

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  • Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Boston, MA
  • Celebrity Series of Boston, Boston, MA
  • Community Servings, Jamaica Plain, MA
  • The Handel and Haydn Society, Boston, MA
  • Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, Vineyard Haven, MA
  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH
  • Shea’s Performing Arts Center, Buffalo, NY
  • Trust for Public Land, Portland, ME

Since joining CCS in 2014, Griffin has partnered with organizations across various sectors, including religion, healthcare, and education to raise over $400M in capital, research, and programmatic funding.

He has led the design and execution of large-scale fundraising initiatives and has counseled organizations with financial targets ranging from $1M to $250M, providing expertise in various development strategies including: campaign design and planning, principal and major gift strategies, board engagement and growth, development assessments, feasibility and planning studies, grateful patient fundraising, and developing fundraising metrics.

He is a graduate of Colgate University where he oversaw volunteer groups and service opportunities for students with the Max A Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education. Griffin serves on the Executive Committee of the Junior Board of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York and volunteers with the Parole Preparation Project, supporting incarcerated people as they prepare for interviews with the parole board.

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  • Archdiocese of Cincinnati
  • Archdiocese of New York
  • Catholic Near East Welfare Association
  • Harrington Discovery Institute
  • Hospital for Special Surgery
  • New York Hall of Science
  • New York Institute of Technology
  • PEN America
  • Prep for Prep

Gaby has more than eight years of development experience in a variety of sectors, including Catholic dioceses and parishes, human services, and international development. Her areas of expertise include campaign planning and direction; major gift solicitation and strategy; developing solicitation materials; prospect research; and volunteer recruitment, training and management.

Gaby has planned and directed capital campaigns with cumulative goals of more than $340 million.

From 2018 through 2020, Gaby directed a $300 million global campaign for the Lions Clubs International Foundation, to fund and launch service projects in multiple cause areas. She also led the preceding campaign planning and feasibility study which engaged donors and volunteers from dozens of countries around the world.

Gaby was also engaged with the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, WI, directing the Answering Mary’s Call campaign. The $13 million campaign supported the Shrine endowment as well as the construction of a retreat center. During CCS’s time with the Shrine, the campaign raised more than $11 million, including four gifts of $1 million or more.

In addition to her campaign management experience, Gaby led a campaign planning and feasibility study for Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska. She also conducted a structural assessment and prepared a fundraising activation plan for Goodwill Industries International, the parent organization overseeing operations and providing support to the international network of Goodwill career centers and retail stores.

Gaby is proud to call Milwaukee home and serve clients across the Midwest. She enjoys traveling and getting to know communities across the region through our work.

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  • Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
  • Lions Clubs International Foundation, Oak Brook, IL
  • Goodwill Industries International, Rockville, MD
  • Boys Town, Omaha, NE
  • Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, La Crosse, WI

Evelyn brings more than a decade of experience helping nonprofit organizations maximize their impact and achieve their philanthropic goals. Leveraging her skills in project management, data analysis, material development and design, and overall fundraising planning, she provides integral operational support to a wide variety of client engagements. She has worked with organizations spanning the healthcare, education, faith-based, advocacy and social service sectors.

In addition to her role working with clients, Evelyn is also a key member of the New York region’s operations staff helping to implement and manage strategic initiatives and systems related to business development, recruitment, talent development, and other corporate priorities to support the growth and vision of CCS.

Evelyn received a BA in Journalism and Mass Communications and a BS in Psychology from New York University. She grew up in New Jersey and now resides in New York City with her husband and two French bulldogs.

Erin has worked to advance the missions of nonprofit organizations for over five years. During this time, she has with organizations of all types, including a focus on religious, health, education, arts and culture, and human services causes. She specializes in fundraising, strategic planning, creative case messaging, donor communications, and volunteer management.

Erin is currently working with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra launching a $100 million campaign to support their ten-year strategic plan focused on enhancing the orchestra’s diversity, equity, and inclusion and striving towards their vision of being the most relevant orchestra in America. Erin most recently completed management of a $5 million capital campaign with Christ Church Winnetka in Winnetka, Illinois, and helped the team exceed goal by 16%. Erin has managed several successful major gift efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, navigating rapid change and uncertainty. Erin has conducted multiple other feasibility studies including Mount Zion Temple in Saint Paul, Minnesota testing the feasibility of a $6 million to $8 million endowment campaign and Christ Church Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan testing a $14.55 million capital effort. These two studies launched into the successful fundraising of over $15 million. Erin previously managed a $6 million debt reduction campaign for Congregation BJBE in Deerfield, Illinois and a $38.5 million capital campaign at St. Paul Academy and Summit School in St. Paul, Minnesota where Erin brought the team over the $33 million mark.

Before joining CCS, Erin provided leadership in grant-making, development, and strategic planning at the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence in Louisville, Kentucky. In this capacity, Erin supported a $150 million community investment strategy, partnering with various nonprofits to help them maximize the impact of charitable dollars. Erin also previously supported development at the United Way of Dane County, helping the team surpass a $19 million annual fundraising goal.

Erin’s commitment to service was instilled in her at a young age and followed her throughout her education. While at the University of Louisville, Erin was a member of the National Association of Women MBAs and Golden Key International Honour Society.  While at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Erin founded the Worldwide Orphanage Relief Coalition chapter on campus which raised funds and strategically invested them into orphanages in Sierra Leone and Uganda to help make these organizations self-sufficient.

Erin holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Entrepreneurship from The University of Louisville and a Bachelor of Science in Community & Nonprofit Leadership and Entrepreneurship degree from The University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Originally from Milwaukee, Erin currently resides in Chicago where she loves all aspects of living in the Midwest – including the snow! Erin enjoys playing tennis, admiring Boston Terriers, traveling, cheering on all Wisconsin sports teams, and exploring the unique neighborhoods that Chicago has to offer.

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  • Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati, OH
  • St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul, MN
  • Christ Church Winnetka, Winnetka, IL
  • B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim, Deerfield, IL

Since 2016, Elyse has provided counsel to a diverse group of organizations across a variety of sectors, including City Harvest, The Trevor Project, and Madison Square Boys & Girls Club in New York City; Brooklyn Public Library; and independent and boarding schools across the country. She has extensive experience managing capital campaigns and volunteer leaders, developing major gift strategies, conducting planning studies, and working with nonprofits to reach and exceed their goals of increased donor engagement and extraordinary philanthropic support.

Elyse is a native Clevelander. Her love of adventure brought her to New York City where she currently resides in Brooklyn. Elyse enjoys going on food tours in New York’s diverse neighborhoods, playing volleyball, hiking, and traveling.

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  • The Trevor Project
  • Brooklyn Public Library
  • Asheville School
  • City Harvest
  • Madison Square Boys & Girls Club
  • Stephen Gaynor School
  • St. Anthony Hall
  • Caedmon School

Diana is Vice President of Strategy and Operations for CCS’s Southern California and Southwest region, and has been with CCS for over 10 years. As a member of the region’s executive leadership team, she identifies and implements strategic priorities for business development, recruitment, talent management, client engagement, and other operational functions. Diana also works closely with executives to assess each client partner’s needs and develop the scope of work and solution to address those needs. She manages the region’s operational team and also oversees administrative support of all client engagements.

Diana is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Orange County Chapter where she co-chairs the Program Committee.

Diana holds a Bachelors in International Business and Applied Mathematics from Pepperdine University.

Danielle Piazza brings more than 15 years of professional fundraising and communications experience to the clients we serve. As a Vice President, Danielle has engaged in and led CCS studies, campaigns and fundraising strategy for many organizations including Weill Cornell Medicine, St. Mary’s Abbey and Delbarton School, Morris Catholic High School, Partnership Schools, Montclair Kimberly Academy, Minds Matter, ADAPT Community Network, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Estuary Council of Seniors and Bidewee.

In the beginning of her career, Danielle worked as a fundraising professional for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, helping to establish a national peer-to-peer fundraising platform for the Foundation. She was also the Senior Director of Fundraising for the SeriousFun Children’s Network founded by Paul Newman (where she spearheaded leadership and major gift fundraising, strategic planning, development operations, volunteer management, and board development).

Danielle also has varied experience with her clients beyond traditional campaigns and principal and major gift strategies, including working with start-up organizations, partnership building, financial planning for programs and online fundraising platform development.

Combining her professional and personal passion together, this past year, Danielle and a long-time friend joined forces to establish an independent animal rescue and sanctuary in western Massachusetts – Second Chance Stables & Draft Rescue. Currently, Danielle is serving on the newly established board of directors as chairman.

Danielle and her husband Rich, along with their two children, live in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. Danielle is an avid reader, enjoys traveling with her family, and volunteering in her community, including at her children’s school.

Cristina blends analytical thinking with a passion for relationship-building and client service to achieve transformational results for the organizations she serves. She has built a career spanning 20+ years working in client-focused fundraising, marketing, and project management roles. At CCS, Cristina works hand in hand with clients as a servant leader, providing strategic counsel while executing development-focused projects including fundraising campaigns, feasibility studies, assessments, and custom engagements.

As a fundraising consultant, Cristina has worked with nonprofits spanning many sectors including arts and culture institutions, social services agencies, independent schools, institutions of higher learning, and faith-based organizations. She has also worked on the client side as a fundraiser in the healthcare and humanitarian aid sectors and brings empathy and an understanding of the unique challenges facing development professionals to her engagements.

In addition to her client-facing work, Cristina has held numerous leadership roles within CCS. She was a co-chair of the CCS Working Parents employee resource group for over two years and currently serves on the firm’s Jewish Content Cabinet. Cristina has also been an active leader in CCS’ diversity, equity, and inclusion work. She was selected serve as a member of the firmwide DEI Working Group, and to chair a subcommittee focused on internal enhancements. In addition, she is a member of the Southern California team’s DEI and Executive committees.

Cristina graduated from Wake Forest University with a BA in English and received her MBA with honors from UCLA Anderson School of Management. She is a past board member of UCLA Anderson Women and resides in Los Angeles with her husband and their two children.

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  • Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association
  • Holocaust Museum LA
  • Curtis School
  • Olive Crest
  • YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles
  • San Diego Museum of Art
  • New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
  • Temple Isaiah
  • Archdiocese of Los Angeles