With 25 years of fundraising leadership experience, Fiona Newton is currently Director of Donor and Volunteer Engagement for Johns Hopkins University. Her responsibilities include improving the engagement of some 1800 leadership volunteers (trustees, advisory council and other volunteer leaders) and ensuring high quality, effective stewardship and recognition of top institutional donors during the university’s $5 billion fundraising campaign, Rising to the Challenge: The Campaign for Johns Hopkins.
Previously at Johns Hopkins, she worked as Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations for the School of Nursing, exceeding the School’s $55 million target for the last campaign, and as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for the Bloomberg School of Public Health. In 2003, Fiona moved to the USA from the UK, where she worked as a fundraising strategy consultant for Marie Curie Cancer Care, Big Brothers Big Sisters UK and Johns Hopkins University, and prior to that as Director of Development and Communications for the Royal Academy of Music, and as a Head of Regional Appeals for the NSPCC, a leading UK children’s charity. Fiona has a Masters in Management from Ashridge Business School. She is interested in organizational development and talent management of staff and volunteers in the nonprofit sector, and strategically engaging donors and volunteer leaders throughout their lifetimes. She has worked extensively with governance boards and advisory councils, and is board chair of Blue Water Baltimore, a thriving environmental nonprofit working to achieve clean water in Baltimore’s rivers and inner harbor.