Vanessa Herring joins Jewish Family Services as its new development director.
In this role, Herring will work alongside JFS Executive Director/CEO Don Goldman in securing financial resources for the organization’s extensive activities, programs and services helping people meet life’s daily challenges.
“I am excited to work with Vanessa on helping spread the word on all the great things that the JFS staff do for our clients and our community,” Goldman said. “Vanessa brings a very strong background in development, especially at human service agencies. She understands the vital role we play in helping families most in need.”
Herring brings to JFS an extensive background working in the fund development world. Most recently, Herring was the business development officer for the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. As such, Herring was involved with cultivating important relationships on the school’s behalf as well as coaching students. Under her leadership, Herring established a site visit program introducing students to major employers. Herring solicited major gifts’ prospects helping the school to achieve its $5 million fund-raising goal.
Prior to her work at the Bloch School, Herring was director of alumni and donor outreach at Avila University where she increased alumni giving by more than 40 percent. At Avila, Herring was also involved in the strategic restructuring of the alumni board.
Herring served as the Annual Giving Manager at Harvesters – The Community Food Network – an organization JFS is associated with through its Community Food Pantry.
“I am very excited to join the team of talented and compassionate professionals at JFS,” Herring said. “I look forward to creating meaningful opportunities for our donors to help strengthen the lives of people in our community.”
Herring is active in the Kansas City community. She is currently a member of the class of 2017 of the Kansas City Chamber’s Centurions Leadership Program and a member of the Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri. A native of Colorado who now calls Kansas City home, Herring holds a business administration degree from Oklahoma State University. Herring earned a management-training certificate from the Mid America Regional Council and earned her credentials as a Certified Fund Raising Executive.