Linda Fine was motivated to build a career in the nonprofit development field by her first job, where she served as a donor records assistant at the New York Philharmonic. She returned to fundraising after graduate school and found her way to higher education fundraising. “That was incredibly gratifying,” she says, “and I loved working on a university campus with all the intellectual and cultural opportunities that came along.”
Linda’s career has taken her from Northwestern University, where she served as Associate Director of Development for the College of Arts and Sciences, to Director of Development and Alumni Relations at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Linda later joined Thunderbird School of Global Management as the School’s first Director of Leadership Gifts. With a career focused mainly on individual giving, Linda gained exposure to corporate and foundation relations as a senior development professional at The Brookings Institution.
In her current position, as a nonprofit consultant specializing in fundraising, Linda helps organizations understand and optimize their fundraising potential through planning, external market research studies, campaign design and operational support.
“It’s rewarding to look back at organizations I’ve served over the years to see that projects I initiated – some more than 20 years ago – continue to thrive and benefit the institutions,” she says. Linda holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University, a Master of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University and earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Management at The George Washington University in 2015.
Linda has an extensive résumé of volunteer activities. She currently serves on the board of the Corcoran Trust in her former hometown of Washington, D.C. She is also a board member of di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, where she chairs the Civic Engagement Committee, serves on the Collections Committee and chaired the 2019 di Rosa Gala. In addition, she was selected to join Leadership Napa Valley’s 31st class, which she successfully completed in 2018.
Linda is now based in Napa, California.