Anne Berry has been a leader in higher education advancement for more than 30 years, serving more than 20 years as a vice president and chief advancement officer. She has worked in three private liberal arts colleges, an Ivy League academic medical center, and a graduate school of business. She has guided the strategy and operation of every area of advancement. She has been recognized for her professional leadership, teaching skill, and the achievement of programs she has led.
Anne joined WASHBURN & MCGOLDRICK in 2012 and has brought her experience and expertise to campaigns and philanthropic counsel at a variety of educational institutions including Haverford College, Middlebury College, St. Lawrence University, Lycoming College, Mount Holyoke College, Providence College, Quinnipiac University, Saint Anselm College, Stonehill College, Marist College, the University of Rhode Island Foundation, the University of Hartford, Washington College, Arcadia University and Widener University. Her independent school clients have included Fairfield College Preparatory School, Harvard-Westlake School, Kingswood Oxford School, Miss Porter’s School, Seabury Hall, Sidwell Friends School and Westover School.
Anne’s assignments have included advancement staff and program assessments, campaign feasibility studies, pre-campaign and campaign counsel, one-on-one coaching for vice presidents and gift officers, and a variety of workshops for board members, volunteers, staff and academic leaders. She brings a data-driven approach to her counsel, and has worked with clients to design custom Soundings studies to provide information for institutional decision-making, as well as comprehensive alumni surveys and internal donor analyses to help advancement leaders and gift officers bring new focus to their efforts.
Anne also serves as a lead trainer for Intensives, the firm’s comprehensive program of training and professional development workshops for gift officers, volunteers and academic leaders. In 2020 she led the team that converted the in-person offerings to virtual format.
Before joining the firm, Anne led Lebanon Valley College’s Great Expectations Campaign, an effort that exceeded its original goal by more than 38% a year ahead of schedule. As a result of her leadership, LVC’s fund-raising programs were recognized with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) “Circle of Excellence” Grand Gold award. She provided critical and creative support to the Board of Trustees Advancement, Trusteeship and Strategic Planning committees.
At Saint Michael’s College, she led a comprehensive campaign from the articulation and testing of priorities, through the campaign’s successful conclusion. She staffed the work of the Board’s Advancement Committee and chaired the Athletics Task Force and a search for an Athletic Director.
Anne began her career at Franklin & Marshall College, gaining extensive experience in managing annual giving programs. She served as director of development and alumni relations at the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University and launched the School’s first capital campaign. As director of medical annual giving at the University of Pennsylvania, she led all School of Medicine annual giving programs and the Hospital’s grateful patient campaign.
Anne has served as a member of CASE’s international Board of Trustees, chair of the Committee on the Profession, and chair of CASE District II, the largest of the eight CASE North American districts. She is an accomplished CASE teacher, having served as chair or faculty member for over two dozen CASE conferences including the flagship Summer Institute in Educational Fund Raising and the CASE Europe Spring Institute in Educational Fund-Raising. She received the CASE Crystal Apple Award for teaching excellence in 1997, one of the first fifty recipients of the award.
Anne holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Franklin & Marshall College and completed advanced study at the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University.