Magazine article The Crisis

NAACP Has New Chief Development Officer

Magazine article The Crisis

NAACP Has New Chief Development Officer

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Jackie Thomas-Suggs, the NAACP's new chief development officer (CDO) is a career development professional who brings 26 years of fundraising experience to the NAACP. Her duties will include developing the NAACP's fundraising portfolio, as well as designing and implementing a new fundraising plan. She also will be responsible for providing leadership, structure and administration for the civil rights organization's development department.

"I did a nationwide search to identify a first-class professional development person and she met all of the requirements and then some," says NAACP President and CEO Bruce S. Gordon of ThomasSuggs. "I wanted to hire a pro and I found one. Her experience is long and deep."

Indeed. Thomas-Suggs started her career as a grantwriter for Howard University's School of Fine Arts shortly after graduating from the institution in 1978. Since then, she has been a major gifts officer at Gallaudet University, a grant writer and researcher at Vanderbilt University, a corporate and foundation director at Fisk University and the manager of a $250 million capital campaign at Howard University.

Most recently, Thomas-Suggs was development officer for James Madison University, where she managed a portfolio of 250 corporations and the university's foundation.

When she was offered the CDO position at the NAACP, Thomas-Suggs says she didn't hesitate to say yes.

"I was very humbled that they chose me," says Thomas-Suggs. Because the NAACP is and has been such an important organization historically, she continues, her role is crucial in ensuring the organization's survival. …

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