Speaker Bios – Fundraising Boot Camp

Jim Kubacki
Choose 2 LEAD

Michael London
Fundraising Technology and Process Expert

Michael London is the former Sr. Director of Prospect Research, Prospect Management, Systems, and Analytics at the Cleveland Clinic Philanthropy Institute. Over nearly 10 years, he managed a unique and multi-functional team composed of eight prospect managers, prospect researches, systems, and analytics professionals. This integrated team worked on varied projects that focus on process innovation, data modeling, lead generation, portfolio management, donor analytics, metrics reporting, prospect reporting, and financial reporting.

Prior to working at Cleveland Clinic Michael spent three years as a fraud investigator for Sears Holdings Corporation where he managed fraud detection for all locations across the enterprise. During that time, he created and implemented dozens of fraud reports and algorithms that detected hundreds of cases and millions of dollars in fraud per year.

Michael has spoken at numerous conferences including: The Tableau conference, APRA-NY, University of Michigan, APRA International, and AAMC. Michael lives in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two young sons.

April Walker
Philanthropy for the People

April Walker (she/her) is a nonprofit leader, grant maker, and consultant. Her decade long career in philanthropy spans fundraising, consulting, and grantmaking roles at the American Heart Association, Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, CCS Fundraising, VNA Foundation, and Iris Krieg & Associates. Prior to founding Philanthropy for the People, she served as Chief Development Officer for a workforce development nonprofit in Cleveland, Ohio. A Baltimore native, April’s background in social service administration informs her commitment to advancing philanthropy rooted in racial equity and social justice. Her firm, Philanthropy for the People, partners with donors, foundations, and fundraisers to develop and implement equity-centered strategies. April earned a Master of Arts in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and a BA in Sociology from the George Washington University.

Tom Gill
Urban Community School

Tom Gill is the President of Urban Community School in Cleveland, Ohio. Gill has served UCS since 2010, initially as the Development Director, then Chief Operating and Development Officer, and as Associate Director from 2015- July 2017. He became President in July, 2017.

During Gill’s time at Urban Community School, the school has grown from 430 to nearly 700 students in 2014, and along the way has forged many partnerships to benefit UCS students and families. The UCS campus is home to a 32,000-square-foot health center built in collaboration with MetroHealth that will serve 85,000 patient visits annually. The building also includes a Legal Aid office, Foodbank Pharmacy, and a WIC office in addition to offering primary care and behavioral health services to UCS students, families and the surrounding community.

The UCS campus is also now home to an early learning center that will serve 120 infants and toddlers beginning at 6-weeks of age.

In 2017, U.S. Lacrosse out of Baltimore chose UCS as a site for its “Lacrosse Communities Project,” building a youth-sized field at the school that offers lacrosse programming in collaboration with Cleveland State University and Near West Recreation. In 2018, Gill also helped drive a partnership with Urban Squash Cleveland which opened a Youth Development Center on the UCS campus. Urban Squash Cleveland is part of a national network of youth squash programs called Squash and Education Alliance.

Along with the many other alliances of UCS, Gill has spearheaded critical collaborations with Facing History and Ourselves and The Refugee Response. Each organization will move to campus in Spring ‘22 In addition, the UCS campus is now home to “House of Champions,” a program offering youth high-quality programming, meals, homework support, and recreation until 8pm nightly.

Previously, Gill was a Cleveland Executive Fellow at the Cleveland Leadership Center where he went through four rotations including: Cleveland Metropolitan School District, The Cleveland Indians; Cuyahoga County Land Bank; and St. Martin de Porres High School. He also served as a Community Coordinator for the Casa de la Solidaridad at the Jesuit University of Central America in San Salvador, El Salvador from 2005-2007.

In addition to his work at the school, Gill also chaired the Board of Neighborhood Family Practice, a federally qualified health center, and currently serves on the Refugee Response Board of Trustees, Beaumont School and two committees of The Cleveland Foodbank.

Gill grew up in Bay Village, Ohio, and attended Saint Ignatius High School. He earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a BA from Saint Louis University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude, earning a triple major in Theological Studies, Spanish, and International Studies.

Gill currently resides in Ohio City with his wife Erika McLaughlin and their two young sons, Andrew and Patrick.

Vincent Farinacci
The Village at Marymount

Matt Carter
Grants Plus

Matt has more than fifteen years experience in grant development, corporate giving, individual fundraising, government relations, policy analysis, and project management for a variety of policy, social service, and cultural organizations.

Before coming to Grants Plus, Matt served as Associate Director of Development, Foundations and Grants, at the Western Reserve Historical Society, and as Director of Development at New Life Community (now Family Promise of Greater Cleveland). He has been published in journals in the US and Europe, and co-authored the book, Seen But Not Heard: Strengthening Nonprofit Advocacy. Matt serves on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Cleveland Chapter. He holds a BA in Political Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo.