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Joanne O’Brien Beam (’84) recently returned to her alma mater as chief development officer and director of non-degree programs at the Wake Forest University Charlotte Center.
Beam’s dual role is important and timely as the University continues to expand the use of its flexible 30,000 square foot facility in Uptown Charlotte. As chief development officer, Beam will be responsible for fundraising in the Charlotte metro area. As director of non-degree programs, she will further develop and oversee certificate programs, workshops, guest lectures and networking opportunities relating to the Executive Education Series “Essentials of Business for Nonprofit Organizations,” the “College LAUNCH for Leadership” Program and “For the Love of Learning” program.
An experienced fundraiser, planner, and presenter, Beam most recently served as founding partner and president of Capstone Advancement Partners, where she helped a wide range of non-profit organizations – from higher education institutions to health and human service organizations – meet their development needs. Her experience includes assisting non-profit clients with capital and endowment campaigns, major gift programs, strategic planning, start-up plans and programs, volunteer and staff training, and board development and governance. Beam’s fundraising experience began at Wake Forest in 1989, where she served as associate director of advancement.