BGC OF DANE COUNTY HIRES NEW ACTING CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Madison, WI – Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County is pleased to announce the addition of Laura Ford-Harris to its senior leadership team. Laura joins the Club as the Acting Chief Development Officer. She will replace Janine Stephens who will leave after eight years to serve as the Chief Operating Officer for another local non-profit.

Laura has more than 25 years of non-profit experience with expertise in community and corporate relationship management and fundraising. For nearly two years, Laura helped United Way of Greater Cincinnati reach their $50.5M goal by managing the Business Services Portfolio of legal, design and construction firms as a Relationship Manager. In addition to achieving revenue goals, she was also highly successful in utilizing engagement strategies to connect corporations and their employees with United Way agencies and organizations to develop partnerships.

Prior to that, Laura enjoyed a 23-year career at Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, one of the top ten Girl Scout councils in the country. She helped successfully guide teams to serve girls in urban, rural and suburban communities and implemented volunteer program management to provide effective service delivery models in the early years of her career.

Laura held several positions during her Girl Scout career in Cincinnati, including Director of Field Services and Regional Director. Laura was instrumental in serving thousands of girls during her tenure with the Girls Scouts. In this role, Laura developed skills in fundraising in the Association of Girl Scout Executive Program by leading fundraising and federal grant management in the council. Laura was instrumental in the development of Queen City (OH) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated Girls S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Academy as the Services to Youth Facet Chair; she served in various leadership positions including Protocol Chair, Registration Co-Chair for the 2015 Central Area conference and in 2018, was recognized by Annie Ruth and the Cincinnati Arts Association for her service in the community.

Several months ago, she moved to Madison at the referral of the Boys & Girls Clubs CEO to help another local non-profit build their development efforts and helped them to nearly double their revenue within six months.

“We are thrilled to have Laura join our team. I have witnessed her work in Cincinnati and in Madison as she has become an active community volunteer and have gotten an opportunity to meet many in the philanthropic community. We are thankful Laura is bringing her talent to Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County, and we have no doubt she will do amazing things for our local kids,” said Michael Johnson, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County.

Laura is an active member of Madison Metropolitan (WI) Chapter of The Links, Inc. where she serves as Protocol Chair. Since July, Laura has joined Madison Network of Black Professionals, is a member of Sisters with Books (one of the oldest Black book clubs in Madison) and performed recently with the Mt. Zion Baptist Church MLK Choir.

“I am excited about my future with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County and can’t wait to work with the Clubs stakeholders to positively impact the lives of thousands of children in Dane County,” said Laura Ford-Harris.

Laura earned a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies focused on Business, Communications and Africana Studies from the University of Cincinnati. She is the proud mother of three amazing children, Lauren, Joy and Jeffrey and Gigi to her grandson Onyx. She starts in her new role on February 5th, 2020 as the Club conducts a national search for a new Chief Development Officer.