Donna Russell

Senior Consultant

Donna  Russell

Donna Russell brings to Lindauer more than 15 years’ experience in high-growth global organizations and leading-edge advancement teams.

Her expertise as a seasoned advancement professional, including in engagement and communications and marketing arenas, positions her to support critical search and talent needs among the firm’s broad range of clients. She brings knowledge based on first-hand leadership and management scenarios in global, matrixed organizations. Donna understands the skills, experience, and personal qualities required to lead high-performing teams while driving and executing strategy, with metrics-based results. She is recognized in the advancement industry as a trusted advisor and collaborator.

In her most recent industry role at MIT Sloan School of Management, Donna served as Senior Director overseeing a team of 15 and three functional areas including Alumni Engagement, Communications, and Events. Her scope of responsibilities included global engagement and board management, department-wide communications, and alumni and donor events, as well as guiding data and system efficiencies. Donna’s prior MIT Sloan responsibilities focused on data-driven strategies to increase philanthropic giving internationally and domestically. Prior to MIT Sloan, she previously built programs and teams during a significant tenure at Simmons University evolving all aspects of engagement strategy and logistics. Donna’s for-profit experience includes early career roles with the Walt Disney World Company. She is an active volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association, serving as a member of the policy committee for the Massachusetts and New Hampshire Chapter. Donna holds a B.A. in Communications Studies from Merrimack College and an M.A. in Communications Management from Simmons University.

As a Senior Consultant at Lindauer, Donna relies on her 15 years of advancement experience and her relationship building acumen to guide her in fulfilling client needs. She has worked with a range of leading clients including Cornell University, Emory University, The Brookings Institution, American University, Texas Biomedical Research Institute, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Interlochen Center for the Arts. In addition, she has been a key leader in building the advancement team for Australian National University as it expands its philanthropic culture.


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