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Susan Faraone has worked in higher education institutions for much of her 35-year career, leading strategic and campaign planning, front-line fundraising teams, prospect development (research, analytics and prospect management), advancement operations, donor relations, and stewardship. She held leadership roles in the design, planning, and execution of comprehensive fundraising campaigns ranging in goal from $250 million to $2 billion. A hallmark of her leadership approach has been to bring together prospect research, prospect management, and analytics teams in a coordinated effort with front-line staff and institutional leadership to expand prospect pools and increase the effectiveness of fundraising at all levels.

Prior to joining Aspen Leadership Group, Susan served as Associate Vice President and Campaign Director at Illinois Institute of Technology. Previously, she was Assistant Vice President for Constituency Development and Campaign Director at the University of Chicago, where she led the creation of UChicago’s first integrated team bringing together prospect research, prospect management and data analytics.

Susan is a member of APRA (the Association for Professional Researchers in Advancement) and AASP (the Association of Advancement Service Professionals). She served on the APRA Board of Directors from 2009-2012 and is currently a member of the APRA Board-appointed Leadership Task Force and AASP's Summit 2020 Program Committee. She has presented at conferences organized by APRA, AASP, CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education), and the AMA (American Marketing Association).

She holds a BA from Binghamton University and an MS from Boston University’s College of Communication.

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