Board Dynamics & Recruitment, Strategic Planning, Capital Campaigns, Major Gifts, Annual Appeals, Grant Strategies
Born and raised in the Boston area, Aria early on was passionate about making a difference in her community. She founded the Boston Women’s Collective and The Women’s Yellow Pages which earned national recognition, commendation from the White House, and grew in three short years to $3 million in today’s dollars. Aria led fundraising for leading cultural institutions in New York City, and upon relocation to Los Angeles, as Development Director-Major Gifts at University of Southern California for the Shoah Foundation Institute, and VP Advancement at Visual Effects Society. As a consultant, her expertise and focus on strategy and mission have helped clients enlarge their organizations’ impact and avoid damaging pitfalls. Aria holds a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University; a B.A. in Political Science from Boston University, and post-graduate study in Psychological Humanistic Education at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She is the proud dressage partner of Hanoverian mare Fogata Del Jardin.
Strategic Social Media, Branding and Celebrity Events
Fia Perera worked for eight years as the Outreach Coordinator and PR liaison for The Humane Society of the United States on their “Protect Seals/Chefs for Seals” campaign to end the commercial seal hunt in Canada. While working on the campaign, she was personally responsible for engaging and recruiting hundreds of restaurants and well-known chefs to pledge not to purchase Canadian Seafood until Canada ends its seal hunt. She founded the US Chapter of “NotoDogMeat”, is board member of Cape Wildlife Society, The Sheep Heal Project and VETPAW, and is currently fundraising for Let the Animals Live, Israel’s leading animal welfare organization. Fia brings to the table a great deal of experience writing and crafting original website content, journalistic pieces, press releases, electronic press kits and sponsorship packages, and produces red-carpet and other fundraising events.
Capital Campaigns, Major Gifts, Higher Education, Arts and Culture
Despite the ubiquity of digital fundraising, our clients know that high touch beats out high tech. When a symphony orchestra with a growing reputation launched a multi-million campaign, Sandy was at the helm and brought in the 7-figure lead gift. She knows that high touch really means “deep listening” and genuine interest in donors who are passionate about making significant impacts in their communities and beyond. Sandy specializes in the arts, cultural institutions, and funding for higher education. More than that, Sandy’s background in broadcast radio and voice-over helps clients fine-tune communication style with stakeholders.
Data and Market Analytics, Corporate Relations, Performance Metrics
Donors want to be assured that nonprofits actually do make a difference in people’s lives. With 20 years of experience with leading Forbes 500 companies, Jane is a research and analytical powerhouse with the expertise to evaluate how our clients are carrying out their mission. And with tenures at Paramount Pictures, Walt Disney, Ticket Master, Match.com, and Evite, she guides clients with the most effective ways to garner support from the corporate sector.
Angela Kelly, Ph.D.
Organizational Development, Board Governance, Donor Relations & Program Evaluation
A lifelong scholar and artist, Angela holds a doctorate in Human Development, an M.A. in Organizational Management and a B.A in Fine Arts. She brings to the Edry and Associates team a synthesis of the creative and scholarly perspectives, in addition to more than 25 years of experience in program evaluation, organizational development, board governance, donor relations, grants, as well as marketing and branding. For more than a decade, she served as Executive Director of Project Renaissance, a youth advocacy organization in Southern California. She served for 2 years on the Mayor's Task Force, working on public policy issues affecting women in San Luis Obispo, and sat on the board of a national wild horse advocacy organization. Originally from Great Britain and now a longtime resident of Santa Barbara, Angela is an accomplished artist, photographer and writer who is a passionate advocate for social justice, the arts, animal welfare and the environment.
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