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Job Title: Chief Development Officer

Organization: The Montrose Center

Degree: B.A.

Kent Loftin is a driven nonprofit development professional who learned about the dignity of hard work from his grandfather on their East Texas farm. A Texas native born, raised, and educated in the Houston area, Mr. Loftin began his career in development in the city as well. Soon, he was invited to serve as the director of special events for Best Buddies International, and the new position in Miami gave him the opportunity to plan high-profile events and liaise with celebrity partners to make a broad impact across the globe.

In 2008, he returned home to Houston to serve as the executive director for Best Buddies Texas - the youngest executive director in the history of the organization - and then was tapped to become the director of development for Interfaith Ministries in 2011. In Kent's tenure at Interfaith, the organization grew its annual campaign by 30 percent, increased their donor base by 63 percent, and completed a $14.5 million capital campaign for Houston's new Meals on Wheels building.

Mr. Loftin is a development educator and leader in the industry, and is a speaker at Rice University's Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership. In his spare time, Mr. Loftin is a devoted fan of live music, sparkling wine and delicious foods.

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For more information, contact Courtney Tardy, Director of Development by emailing ctardy@rice.edu.

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