Associate Vice President and Dean for Development, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
Armin Afsahi was appointed associate vice president of Alumni Affairs and Development (AA&D) and dean of development for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) by Edgerley Family Dean Claudine Gay. In this key leadership role, Afsahi is responsible for designing and executing a fundraising vision that advances FAS’s mission and diverse academic priorities.
An accomplished and respected advancement leader with nearly 30 years of experience, Afsahi brings a wide range of expertise in institutional advancement, strategic management, business development, leadership, and operations. Prior to joining AA&D, he served as the vice chancellor for advancement at the University of Denver. Previously, he held senior roles in advancement for the University of California San Diego and Georgetown University.
Afsahi has served on national and local boards and held volunteer leadership roles for both nonprofit and professional organizations. He holds a BA in communications from UC San Diego and an MBA from the University of San Diego. Afsahi lives in Boston with his husband, Joe Eklund, and enjoys outdoors, travel, and sports.
President, Langley Innovations
Jim Langley’s fundraising insights, innovations have been extensively cited and emulated throughout North American and across the globe. Those insights and innovations have been chronicled and shared in four books, four book chapters, over three dozen articles in various professional journals, and in his highly popular LinkedIn posts.
In his keynote presentation, Langley will share what has led to a loss of 20 million donors, or an overall 13 percent decline in individual giving in the U.S. in the past two decades and offer strategies that will allow enlightened institutions to fight if not reverse those trends through more sophisticated research, more personalized and substantive engagement, and more conscientious stewardship.