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NACME Names Elizabeth Ross as Chief Development Officer


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April 28, 2015                                                                                                                                            (914) 539-4010, ext. 243

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NACME Names Elizabeth Ross as Chief Development Officer 


White Plains. N.Y. —  Fundraising and marketing professional Elizabeth Ross has been named the Chief Development Officer of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc., (NACME).

Reporting directly to the President and CEO, and working with other staff members and the NACME Board of Directors, Ms. Ross will design and execute a robust fundraising program in support of NACME’s transformational Connectivity 2020 Strategic Plan. She will also serve as Staff to the Development Committee of the NACME Board of Directors.

“Having just celebrated our 40th anniversary last year, NACME is now poised to enter an exciting new chapter in our history,” explained NACME President and CEO Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail. “Our ambitious goals for the Connectivity 2020 Strategic Plan will require that we reach a new plateau in our development objectives. Based on her background and previous accomplishments, I am confident Elizabeth is the right person to lead this effort.”

Most recently, Ms. Ross worked with the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance and the PEN American Center on Strategic projects. Her past positions have included serving as VP of Business Development for Speakeasy, Inc., a communication consulting firm, and Associate Director for San Francisco-based Net Impact, an organization that promotes corporate responsibility and responsible business, where she managed corporate relations, fundraising initiatives, communication, and the organization’s annual international conference.

“Much of my career has been devoted to helping leading non-profit organizations expand capacity and reach new audiences,” stated Ms. Ross. “NACME is known for its distinguished board of directors, and for its’ solid track record of empowering underrepresented minorities with educational opportunities. I am excited to join this organization and help ensure NACME’s vital work continues far into the future.”

Ms. Ross received her Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Boston University. While at the University of Michigan, she was recognized with the 1996 MBA Leadership Award. 

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About NACME: Since its inception in 1974, NACME has stayed true to its mission: To ensure American competitiveness in a flat world by leading and supporting the national effort to expand U.S. capability through increasing the number of successful African American, American Indian, and Latino young women and men in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.

NACME Alumni hold leadership positions in industry, medicine, law, education, and government. With funding from corporate, foundation, and individual donors, NACME has supported more than 24,000 students with more than $142 million in scholarships and support, and currently has more than 1,300 scholars at 51 partner institutions across the country. NACME is also implementing a middle school through workforce entry strategy to increase the proportion of underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines.