Liz Livingston Howard

Director, Nonprofit Executive Education, Clinical Associate Professor of Management, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University



Liz Livingston Howard is a graduate of Northwestern University and holds an MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. Ms. Howard is the Director of Kellogg’s Nonprofit Management Executive Education programs and a Clinical Associate Professor of Management. She developed and teaches curriculum for MBA students and nonprofit executives. Ms. Howard serves as the Academic Director for a variety of nonprofit executive education courses and has designed several custom executive educator programs.

Previously, she served as Assistant Dean for Development for Kellogg from 1994 to 2003. In that role, she was responsible for the fundraising activities of the Kellogg School including alumni and individual solicitation, corporate and foundation grants. She was involved with the $1.4 billion Campaign Northwestern. During her tenure, total giving to the school increased 100% and the Kellogg School raised over $100 million for significant objectives in Campaign Northwestern.

Prior to joining the Kellogg School, Ms. Howard served as a fundraising consultant with Charles R. Feldstein & Company, based in Chicago. Her additional development work was as Director of Development for the Chicago Tourism Council/Mayor’s Office of Tourism for the City of Chicago and as the first Director of Development for Regina Dominican High School, Wilmette, Illinois.

Outside of her professional responsibilities, Ms. Howard has been involved with a number of philanthropic organizations in Chicago. She was selected as a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow to participate in a unique, year-long venture to deepen the understanding of greater Chicago, thereby enhancing the future quality of civic and community leadership. In addition, she served as the founding chairman of the Chicago Community Trust Young Leaders Fund, an endowment fund established in 1994 by young professionals in Chicago to educate them about grant-making and the value of philanthropy.

Currently, she serves as Secretary of the 100 Club of Chicago, providing financial assistance to the families of first responders killed in the line of duty in Cook County, Secretary of the Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Women’s Board of Northwestern University. Previously, she was President of the School Advisory Board at St. Norbert School in Northbrook. She has provided consulting services for local nonprofits in the areas of fundraising, marketing, strategic planning, board governance, event planning and capacity building.

Derrick Feldmann

President, Achieve

Derrick Feldmann, President, Achieve

Derrick Feldmann, President, Achieve



Derrick Feldmann has a passion for helping organizations better understand and reach donors and volunteers. With continued research efforts through the Millennial Impact Project, as well as leading the implementation of MCON, Derrick has become a thought leader in the ever-changing world of fundraising. He is the co-author of Cause for Change: The Why and How of Nonprofit Millennial Engagement and remains a sought-after speaker on the latest trends in fundraising, online engagement and Millennials.

Derrick also strives to maintain close relationships with Achieve clients, helping them formulate and execute successful fundraising strategies. He serves on boards for Learning to Give, the Nonprofit Board Report and the International Association of Fundraising Professionals. Derrick writes and contributes regularly for Philanthropy News Digest of the Foundation Center and the Huffington Post IMPACT channel. He is a member of the Leadership Faculty of the Points of Light Corporate Institute and a guest lecturer for the School of Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.

Prior to founding Achieve, he received his undergraduate degree from Southeast Missouri State University and graduate degree from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. He went on to lead national fundraising efforts for The LEAGUE and Learning to Give before founding Achieve in 2008.