Marlah Bonner-McDuffie has been appointed vice president of development at the League of American Orchestras. Bonner-McDuffie will serve as the League’s lead fundraiser, shape the strategies for individual giving, build relationships with major institutional funders, manage the fundraising staff, and partner with the Board of Directors’ Development Committee chair to secure Board engagement. A fundraising professional with a demonstrated track record of securing principal and major gifts at a wide range of organizations, Bonner-McDuffie has extensive experience leading philanthropy, strategic planning, marketing, and business development in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. She most recently served as senior director of external affairs for the Philadelphia School Partnership, supporting its mission of improving outcomes and access for underserved K-12 students in Philadelphia. Prior to PSP, Bonner-McDuffie was associate dean of advancement for the College of Media for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Bonner-McDuffie also served in fundraising and leadership roles at the University of Illinois and the University of Delaware. She previously worked in the corporate sector in the consumer brands and pharmaceutical industries, and founded a consulting firm specializing in marketing, brand management, public relations, research, event management, and donor relations. Bonner-McDuffie received a B.S. in business administration from Pennsylvania State University’s Mary Jean and Frank P. Smeal College of Business Administration and an M.B.A. from Temple University’s Fox School of Business and Management.
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