Search Assistant
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Search Assistant


Fran Palma serves as a member of the innovative and dedicated Search Management Team at Aspen Leadership Group where she works to build, deepen, diversify, and strengthen the pool
of ALG candidates. In the process, she endeavors to establish enduring relationships with these talented individuals, ultimately helping them to navigate their careers and achieve their professional goals.

Fran brings the breadth and depth of experience from a 30-plus year career, spanning a variety of fields — 11 years in the field of advancement; 4 years in corporate event management; 7 years in museum management; 4 years in New York State public school character education development; and 8 years in corporate finance. Her expertise includes strategic constituent engagement, cultivation, and stewardship; program, project, and budget management; data research and analysis; and composition of presidential briefings, talking points, and correspondence.

Prior to joining ALG, Fran was the Executive Director of Presidential Advancement at the University of Rochester, where she served as the liaison to the President’s Office, the Board Office, and the Board of Trustees. She worked directly with the President, ensuring that the President’s Office and Advancement were in alignment so that the University’s most capable donors and prospects were appropriately and effectively engaged in considering transformational gifts to support the University’s highest priorities. She built strong relationships with the President's Office, the Board Office, the Board of Trustees, the Chief Development Office, and her colleagues in Advancement.

Fran graduated magna cum laude from Rochester Institute of Technology with an A.A.S. in accounting and summa cum laude from Northeastern University with a B.S.B.A. in accounting. She was inducted into the Sigma Epsilon Rho Honor Society at Northeastern University and Beta Gamma Sigma, the International Business Honor Society.

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