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Courtney Desmarais

Associate Chief Advancement Officer, 
Amherst College
Amherst, Massachusetts

Courtney joins our podcast from her Amherst College office (complete with a fireplace!) to engagingly discuss the "bread crumbs" that she has strategically followed in her career. From art school and teaching to special projects, then frontline fundraising, managing gift officers, and overseeing advancement services and donor relations at leading higher education institutions, Courtney brings a wealth of experience to her profession and her relatively new role at scenic Amherst College. 

Plus, Courtney shares insights into taking calculated risks and the emphasis she places on balancing her career and family life. 

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