Artificial Intelligence in Advancement Advisory Council (AAAC) Announces New Cohort
Leading Voice of Artificial Intelligence in Philanthropy Welcomes New Experts & Practitioners to Council
The AI in Advancement Advisory Council (AAAC), a first-of-its-kind organization committed to open discussion and evaluation about where Artificial Intelligence (AI) can and should have an impact on advancement, announced its second cohort, adding eleven new members to the Council.
As the leading organization addressing AI in the philanthropic sector and one of the longest-tenured AI councils across all business sectors, the AAAC’s growth is unique. This new cohort builds on incredible momentum that the AAAC generated in 2019, which included prominent press articles and issuing the advancement industry’s first benchmark study on the adoption rate, uses, and opinions of AI in the industry; The 2019 State of AI in Advancement Report. With new members of the AAAC, the group will expand its research efforts, inform best practices and use cases, and guide nonprofit organizations as they use AI to transform efficiencies in advancement efforts.
The AAAC’s new cohort includes Colleen Zakrewsky, Senior Vice President of Business Development and External Relations for FINCA International, where she focuses on alleviating poverty through sustainable solutions that help people build assets, create jobs, and raise standards of living.
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“At FINCA International, we have the privilege of empowering millions of low-income people across five continents with the tools they need to step out of poverty and build their own equity. This doesn’t happen without funding. I’ve seen how artificial intelligence changes what’s possible in fundraising, and I’m proud to join my esteemed colleagues on the AAAC as we find ways to bring this transformative technology to all non-profit organizations,” said Zakrewsky.
The AAAC’s new members are:
Chris Biehn, former Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Ithaca College
Eric Gentry, Executive Director, NKU Foundation and Vice President of University Advancement at Northern Kentucky University
Phil Komarny, Vice President of Innovation at Salesforce
Sylvia Galen, Assistant Vice President of Advancement Analytics at The George Washington University
Jennifer Norris, Chief Development Officer at Appalachian Mountain Club
Lil O’Rourke, President at the University of Rhode Island Foundation and Alumni Engagement
Dr. Jason Penry, Assistant Vice President for Special Projects at Texas A&M
Tracy Rolston, Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement Services at Pepperdine
Steve Sokany, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the Kent State University Foundation
Deb Taft, CEO at Lindauer
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Colleen Zakrewsky, Senior Vice President, Business Development and External Relations at FINCA International
“Artificial Intelligence is transforming behaviors, processes, and outcomes across all industries. We’re so proud that our Council continues to lead the sector of social good in evaluating the fair, ethical, and efficient applications of artificial intelligence in Advancement,” said Adam Martel, AAAC member and CEO of Gravyty. “I’m excited to welcome this new cohort of uniquely qualified and diverse Advancement professionals to the AAAC as we continue our work to change the world.”
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