Harvard Group Completes Search for the Chief Development Officer of ASAS

MARIETTA, GA, March 30, 2017 — After-School All-Stars (ASAS) has hired Mandy Nelson as their first ever Chief Development Officer. Mandy is a seasoned non-profit development professional with more than 20 years’ experience leading campaigns, programs, and people. She is a key participant in the rapid growth and evolution of five respected non-profit organizations. Most recently, Mandy served for seven years as the Associate Vice President for Development in the Pacific division of the American Red Cross, responsible for raising $70 million annually; prior to that, Mandy was at the Women’s Foundation of California, and the Liberty Hill Foundation. Throughout her career, she has created and implemented fundraising programs, increasing annual support by as much as 30-fold. In addition to that, she is an experienced manager of development teams, including coaching 10 CDOs at the Red Cross.

Managing Director and Non-Profit Practice Leader, Cyndi Court and her team at Harvard Group International was retained for the search. They researched and reviewed over 1700 potential candidates, narrowing down to a list of 110 top candidates to go through the Harvard Group’s vetting process. The ASAS senior leadership team interviewed 10 candidates, passing two finalists along to be interviewed by the ASAS search committee. 

About ASAS 

Founded in 1992, ASAS is celebrating two decades of empowering youth across the nation. The mission established at our founding, to give children the tools they need to have successful futures, has remained constant. How we fulfill that mission has evolved. We started in Los Angeles with 40,000 youth competing in summer time athletic and academic competitions, and now we provide comprehensive out-of-school time programs to 72,053 participants at 326 schools.

About Harvard Group International

Harvard Group International is a performance-driven Executive Search firm that partners with clients to identify, evaluate and bring forward Best-in-Class individuals who directly and immediately contribute tangible improvements to the business. The Firm has completed thousands of retained searches for clients, both domestic and international, in all functions and at all management levels, from individual contributors and managers to CEO’s and boards of directors, across more than 35 industries. The Firm’s success is based on completing searches with an industry leading guarantee, presenting candidates within a 30-day timeframe, operating one of the country’s leading diversity practices, and identifying the top 2% of performers in each corporate function. To learn more, please visit our website:

Michelle McMahon
Managing Director

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