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Excited to announce our Judges for 50U50

In order to select the very best, you have to be among the very best. And that’s exactly what our panel of judges embodies - leaders who have been in the industry for a while, and are experts in their respective domains.

Introducing the judges for 50U50 - we bet you can recognize every one of them.

Dr. Shalonda Martin is an ICF-trained coach, DEI, organizational, and leadership development professional with over two decades of experience. She is passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion, and creating inclusive work cultures. She also runs her own consultancy, SM Coaching & Consultancy.

Shalonda Martin

Senior Director of Advancement Services at Pomona College

Dr. Maria Gallo has over two decades of experience working in various leadership roles in higher education and advancement. She has several peer-reviewed academic journal publications in alumni relationships and philanthropy, and her latest book The Alumni Way is up for grabs.

Maria Gallo

Founder, KITE, & Author,
The Alumni Way

Dr. Jay Le Roux Dillon has over 17 years of experience in alumni advancement in higher education. He is a skilled alumni strategist with expertise in alumni relations management, fundraising, and donor engagement. He is also the founding member of Alumni Identity.

Jay Dillion

Chief Alumni Officer at
University of California Berkeley

Jenny Cooke Smith specializes in analyzing advancement trends, interpreting comparison benchmarks, and helping people understand the "stories behind the data". She is one of the pioneers behind CASE’s Alumni Engagement Metrics.

Jenny Cooke Smith

Sr. Director,
AMAtlas Services

All about #The50

Creative events. Awe-inspiring fundraising campaigns. Data-centric ways to improve alumni engagement. These incredible feats have one thing in common - advancement professionals like YOU at the heart of it all. And it's time the world starts noticing.

Introducing Almabase's 50 Under 50, powered by Blackbaud. Join an exclusive group of professionals and showcase your proudest achievements to the rest of the world.

Becoming a part of #The50

While there have been many extraordinary achievements by advancement professionals, our industry doesn’t do a great job of giving them the recognition they deserve.

We aim to change this status quo.

50 Under 50 is your chance to tell us about your incredible accomplishments. Be a part of something extraordinary while inspiring others with your work.

Who can be a part of #The50

50U50 celebrates advancement professionals and how their work has created value-driven relationships with alumni. Whether you work with events, giving, data, engagement, or anything else – if your work has helped make thousands of alumni feel like one in a thousand, then we’d love to showcase your stellar work.

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