The Tulsa Regional Chamber announced Allison Walden has been promoted to the executive-level position of Senior Vice President of Resource Development effective January 25, 2016.
Walden has served as Vice President of Development for the Chamber since 2014, and joined the Chamber as Director of Development in 2010, where she executed the Chamber’s comprehensive development plan, building overall strategy, and managed the organization’s top-tier investment relationships, donor retention, investment growth, return-on-investment and investor engagement.
The Senior Vice President of Resource Development role is a newly created position within the Chamber, charged with overseeing the organization’s core initiative of organizational resource, revenue and membership development. In the new role, Walden will work to ensure that the Chamber has the necessary financial resources to carry out its strategic plan and program of work on behalf of businesses across northeast Oklahoma.
“I am thrilled to be leading the organization’s focus on building and implementing strategies through resource development to ensure we are accomplishing the strategic plan directives set by the Chamber Board of Directors,” said Walden.
“Through identifying short and long term revenue needs and developing strategies to meet those needs, I’ll work diligently with the resource development team to secure adequate funding for all Chamber programming including the Tulsa’s Future, Regional Tourism, Sponsorships, Memberships and future initiatives ,” she added.
Since joining the Chamber in May 2010, Allison has raised more than $40 million in multi-year campaign funds for the Tulsa’s Future and VisitTulsa strategic initiatives, including Tulsa’s Future II in 2010-2011, $16.4 million; VisitTulsa in 2012, $3.2 million; VisitTulsa 2.0 in 2015, $6.4 million
She is currently leading a $21 million effort in partnership with the executive leadership team, Chamber board and a 55-member campaign cabinet of business leaders to achieve a $21 million goal for Tulsa’s Future III.
In addition to resource development, Walden has helped to drive quality improvement throughout the entire organization by chairing the Chamber’s application in the Oklahoma Quality Foundation award process, which honors national standards of excellence affiliated with the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Chamber most recently received the Foundation of Excellence Award in September, 2015, under the guidance of Walden as a tri-chair leader of the application. She is also a trained examiner for the Oklahoma Quality Foundation.
“Allison is a proven community-relations professional with profound expertise in non-profit fundraising, corporate communications, strategic planning and operations management,” said Mike Neal, president and CEO of the Tulsa Regional Chamber.
He added, “her skills in donor prospecting and cultivation; investor relations; donor retention; process development; and relationship management will be a tremendous compliment to the executive leadership team of the organization in helping to achieve the mission and strategic plan of the organization.”
Walden has more than 15 years of experience in the fundraising, development and public and donor-relations fields. She served for four years in the public relations division of Scripps Networks Interactive, were she conducted consumer and B2B media relations for lifestyle brands including HGTV, Food Network, DIY, Fine Living, GAC and Shop At Home Network. Walden previously held fundraising and operations roles at the Fort Smith Symphony and the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center Foundation.
“In addition to her outstanding development background, Allison brings to the senior vice president position a host of business relationships with key constituencies and a large network of non-profit executive directors and development professionals,” said Justin McLaughlin, executive vice president and COO of the Tulsa Regional Chamber.
She is the 2016 President of the Eastern Oklahoma Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and past chair of 2015 National Philanthropy Day, the chapter’s annual fundraising conference and awards luncheon – one of the largest nonprofit recognition events in the region.
Walden serves as a fundraising mentor, and has facilitated panels and lent her expertise to roundtable discussions to share fundraising trends and best practices. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee, with a B.S. in Journalism, emphasis in Public Relations and a minor in Business.