Emily McNair

Project Manager

Pairing deep knowledge of and experience with the greater Philadelphia nonprofit sector with genuine curiosity and relentless enthusiasm, Emily McNair approaches her multifaceted client resource development work as fundamentally about moving the needle towards a more just and equitable society … one grant application, one capital campaign, one donor letter at a time.

Emily brings over a decade of experience working with community-based organizations and underserved communities in Philadelphia, primarily in communications and development. Emily enjoys writing in a wide range of styles and for diverse audiences, from highly technical grant applications to donor-centric communications. While her particular area of expertise is in individual fundraising from annual to major giving campaigns, she brings extensive experience with corporate and event-based fundraising, as well as grant and proposal writing. She has a knack for engaging with organizations that are on the brink of change, and she is happiest in the midst of future-focused, resource development wish list planning sessions.

Emily’s journey to consulting has included stops at Horizon House, Need in Deed, and Maternity Care Coalition, all of which provided invaluable insight into how we – as individuals and as a society – can effect change through service, research and action.


  • Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, Bard College
  • Certificate, Nonprofit Fundraising, the Nonprofit Center at LaSalle
  • Certificate, Nonprofit Marketing and Communications, the Nonprofit Center at LaSalle

Professional Experience:

  • Development Manager, Maternity Care Coalition
  • Associate Director of Development and Communications, Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry
  • Director of Development and Communications, Need in Deed
  • Manager of Development and Communications, Horizon House
"Cormac McCarthy wrote that 'Between the wish and the thing the world lies waiting.' I think of our work at Fairmount as helping clients navigate the space between aspiration and impact. The world can be full of obstacles and naysayers, so our job is to help get to the thing while keeping the wish at the forefront."

Email Emily: emcnair@fairmountinc.com

Read our Q&A with Emily

Don Kligerman

Aimée Miller
Senior Vice President & Partner

Nicole Meyenberg
Vice President & Partner

Margarita Queralt Mirkil
Managing Director

Anneliese Van Arsdale
Project Manager

Margaret Walker
Project Manager

Emily McNair
Project Manager

Rae Pagliarulo
Project Manager

Lily Hamilton

Ashley Kafton