Don’s in-depth expertise in strategic planning and resource development for nonprofits enables Fairmount’s clients to reposition themselves in times of significant change. He’s also the resident authority on evaluating and brokering nonprofit mergers and affiliations. His encyclopedic knowledge of the Philadelphia region combined with his extensive mental rolodex make him a great connector of people and ideas in the nonprofit sector. He is a frequent facilitator and presenter at conferences and retreats for fundraising and nonprofit professionals as well as nonprofit boards of directors. Don is also a Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute where he advises on curriculum development and teaches an advanced graduate course on nonprofit management.
Prior to founding Fairmount, Don was Philadelphia’s Commissioner of Licenses and Inspections, Deputy Managing Director and Manager of Housing Rehabilitation Programs. He is the past Board Chair of Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, past President of Philadelphia Parks Alliance and has served on innumerable boards to include Philadelphia’s Zoning Board of Adjustment, The Reinvestment Fund, Women’s Way, and the Lower Merion Conservancy, among others. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation.
Don earned a Master’s degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Brandeis University. He also spent a year studying Urban Design from some of Great Britain’s renowned planners at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
An avid cyclist, he is happier on a bicycle seat climbing a hill than behind a desk pounding a keyboard, but manages to balance the two. email@example.com