Press Release

RFF Appoints Lea Harvey to Vice President of Development Post

Jun 26, 2008
RFF Appoints Lea Harvey to Vice President of Development Post

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 26, 2008                                                                                                       CONTACT: Stan Wellborn, Director of Public Affairs, 202-328-5026 

WASHINGTON – Laurel Lea Harvey, a long-time fundraising executive for leading environmental and nonprofit governing organizations, will join Resources for the Future in July as Vice President of Development.

In making the announcement, RFF President Phil Sharp noted that Harvey’s strong record in solicitation and stewardship of financial resources for nonprofit groups were exemplary qualifications for her new position.

“Lea brings to RFF a demonstrated enthusiasm for nonprofit development and a solid background in environmental issues,” said Sharp. “She understands our mission and will add significant value to our management team and to our fundraising operation.”

Harvey currently is vice president of development at BoardSource, a Washington-based publishing and consulting service for nonprofit organizations.

From 1998 to 2005, she worked in several key positions at World Wildlife Fund, an international conservation organization. As director of foundation and corporate relations, she led a staff of six to build a $14.5 million foundation and corporate fundraising program. She also focused on building partnerships with foundation and corporate grantmakers to advance conservation and sustainability initiatives in the United States, Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Earlier in her career, Harvey was an associate with The Greenway Group, a Northern Virginia-based consulting and publishing firm, where she worked with a diverse client base on communications and management issues. She was also associate director of the Council of Growing Companies, a professional association for CEOs of fast-growth firms.

Kathryn Fuller, a member of the RFF Board and former president and CEO of World Wildlife Fund, noted that Harvey’s skills in nonprofit management and development would be major assets in her new position. “Lea has a wonderful personal style and a keen intelligence, and she attracts genuine respect from her colleagues,” says Fuller. “And to be sure, she’s a producer of good results.” 

Harvey graduated cum laude from Sweet Briar College in Virginia, with a degree in art history.



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