Chris Cloud

Chris Cloud

Founding Member

Tel: 646.596.3607

Specialist Expertise

  • Board development and governance issues
  • Branding and communications considerations
  • Interim chief development officer

Chris is one of a handful of fund-raising professionals with senior-level experience in both higher education and healthcare. Supported by a background in law, he served as strategic fund-raising counsel for organizations dealing with special fundraising and governance issues, including The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library, The Cooper Union, Child Mind Institute, and several schools within The City University of New York system. He has been the interim chief development officer at eight different organizations over fifteen years of his consulting career.

Chris holds a BA degree from Florida State University, an MBA degree from Rollins College, and a JD degree from Tulane University Law School. Before consulting, Chris served as the Vice President for College Advancement at Baruch College/CUNY. At Baruch, he was responsible for all aspects of fundraising, alumni relations, government relations, public relations, marketing, and communications in an office of 35 people with an annual departmental budget of $5.3 million. Chris remains affiliated with Baruch as an adjunct professor for the Marxe School of Public Affairs, where he teaches courses in fundraising.

Also, previous to his roles in consultancy, Chris raised tens of millions of dollars in major gifts and ran a division of fund-raising programs at the joint office of New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College. Chris was responsible for restructuring the annual giving programs to create a pipeline of major gifts donors to fuel two concurrent campaigns, a $750 million campaign at the medical college and a $1 billion campaign at the hospital. Chris was one of the chief architects making the 120-person joint fund-raising office compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).