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Job title: Senior Consultant

Organization: Dini Spheris

Degree(s): Master in Liberal Arts, University of St. Thomas

Making a difference is what inspires Ms. Colbert Riley to work tirelessly with non-profit organizations to achieve transformational results in philanthropy. She has served for nearly 30 years as an institutional advancement leader in healthcare, higher education and public broadcasting with significant results in fundraising campaigns, operations and financial management, donor stewardship, board relations and communications. Before beginning her consulting practice at Dini Spheris, Ms. Colbert Riley concluded the Faith in our Future Campaign for the University of St. Thomas raising $146M in its most ambitious campaign to date. She re-joined the University of St. Thomas, where she served for five years in the 1990's as the capital campaign coordinator during the university’s first capital campaign and where she received her Master in Liberal Arts degree. 

Prior to this campaign, she served as the vice president for development at The Methodist Hospital System from 2007-2012, building the organization’s first strategic development program and completing its first major $200M fundraising campaign. Ms. Colbert Riley has also worked for the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine, KUHT Channel 8 and KWGS 89.5.

Ms. Colbert Riley has been a member of AFP since moving to Houston in 1990. serving on multiple committees including a former AFP board member. She currently serves in the mentorship program. Additionally, Ms. Colbert Riley was named outstanding fundraising professional in 2013.

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