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A.C. Fitzgerald & Associates specializes in providing solutions to nonprofits so that they can focus on their most important work: improving the lives of the people they serve.

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Ann C. Fitzgerald President of A.C. Fitzgerald & Associates

Ann C. Fitzgerald


Areas of Expertise
Strategic planning, nonprofit best practices, fundraising audits, board and leadership development

About Ann Fitzgerald
Ann earned a master’s degree in philanthropic studies from Indiana University. She has more than two decades of experience in sales, management, fundraising, publishing and marketing. Her expertise in analyzing nonprofit performance and creating tailored solutions has allowed her nonprofit clients to achieve their missions, raise more money and maximize personnel resources.

Prior to starting the firm, Ann was director of development for The Heritage Foundation, where she helped increase contributions income by twenty percent by establishing integrated programs for direct marketing, major gifts, and planned giving. Ann regularly writes and speaks on fundraising topics, including donor relations, grant writing, systems management and prospect research.

Ann is a graduate of The Catholic University of America. She started her career at BNA Software, now part of Bloomberg BNA, holding both sales and marketing positions. She serves on the alumni board of Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Ann and her husband live in Alexandria, Virginia.

Michelle Taylor Executive Vice President at A.C. Fitzgerald & Associates

Michelle Taylor

Executive Vice President

Areas of Expertise
Developing new nonprofits, major gifts fundraising, donor strategy implementation, systems integration, case development

About Michelle Taylor
Michelle has worked with a diverse array of nonprofit clients around the country, from start-ups to those with multi-million dollar budgets. She is an expert at developing successful strategies to a variety of situations and client needs. She has extensive experience working with both c3 and c4 nonprofits to improve their fundraising operations, increase their revenue and enhance their impact. Michelle also has expertise in major gifts fundraising, managing fundraising staff, crafting compelling communications and improving internal systems.

Prior to joining, A.C. Fitzgerald & Associates, Michelle was director of development at Citizens United, where she implemented a major gifts program, increased revenue, improved communications and expanded the major gift donor base. She also worked on the marketing and distribution of three of Citizens United’s films. Michelle previously worked for Young America’s Foundation at the Reagan Ranch and served on the management team responsible for the construction of the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, California. As part of the development team, Taylor focused on raising funds and awareness for the Foundation’s student programs as well as the preservation of the Reagan Ranch.

Michelle holds an executive certificate in business administration from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor’s degree in information technology from California Baptist University. She and her husband live in New York City.

Amanda Robey Vice President at A.C. Fitzgerald & Associates

Amanda Robey

Vice President

Areas of Expertise
Grassroots fundraising, major gifts fundraising, development staffing, donor communications

About Amanda Robey
Amanda has more than a decade of of experience in fundraising and has developed tailored fundraising strategies for c3, c4, and political organizations. With her expertise in building fundraising department infrastructures she provides counsel in in recruiting, hiring, and managing fundraising staff. She also guides organizations in maximizing their fundraising efficiency by improving operations and systems. She has extensive experience in developing solicitation strategies for donors across multiple giving channels and evaluating their effectiveness.

Prior to joining A.C. Fitzgerald & Associates, Amanda served as Vice President of Development at the Susan B. Anthony List where she was tasked with increasing donor outreach. Her work played a vital role in achieving the organization’s most successful cycle in both fundraising and election efforts.

Amanda began her career in candidate fundraising, working closely with members of Congress in high profile nationally funded campaigns. Soon after she took a position working for former Federal Election Commission Chairman Brad Smith at his newly founded think tank, Center for Competitive Politics. While at CCP, she created sustainable revenue raising programs using highly persuasive foundation and major donor appeals. Amanda holds a bachelor’s degree from Liberty University and lives with her family in Oakton, Virginia.

Jamie Story Kohlmann

Vice President

Areas of Expertise
Nonprofit management, fundraising audits, case development

About Jamie Story Kohlmann
Jamie brings nonprofit leadership experience as the former president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, a free-market think tank based in Honolulu. She prepares CEOs to lead their fundraising efforts, develops board and staff and facilitates strategic planning.

In her previous roles, she acquired extensive experience in fundraising and economic analysis. She has served as the managing director of development for two nationwide self-governance campaigns: the Health Care Compact and Repeal 16: Coalition to Repeal the 16th Amendment. Jamie was also an education policy analyst at the Texas Public Policy Foundation and an associate consultant in the Dallas office of Bain & Company.

Jamie holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematical economic analysis from Rice University in Houston, Texas. She and her family live in Palo Alto, California.

Jonathan-Moody-Vice-PresidentJonathan Moody

Vice President

Areas of Expertise
Strategic planning, major gifts fundraising, new initiatives and campaigns, and communications

About Jonathan Moody
Jonathan has extensive experience in fundraising, strategic planning, marketing, public policy, and coalition and grassroots engagement.  In his various roles, he has worked alongside local, national and international leaders to increase freedom and opportunity for their constituents.

Prior to joining A.C. Fitzgerald, he served as the Managing Director of PovertyCure, a global media and educational initiative of the Acton Institute (Grand Rapids, MI).  In that role he led a partner network of 400+ organizations spread across 144 countries in the advance of civil society solutions to domestic and international poverty.  This experience afforded him an up close and nuanced look at the world of international affairs and economic development throughout the United States, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Prior to that, he served as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE).  During his tenure at FEE, the organization’s revenue doubled.
During his time at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), he served in multiple roles: Director of Donor Relations, Policy Coordinator, and Elections and Ethics Subcommittee Manager.  He worked alongside ALEC’s senior leadership to develop an individual donor program, increase private sector contributions by more than 15%, increase public sector membership by more than 30%, and develop new policy initiatives.

As the Director of Membership for the American Conservative Union (ACU), he oversaw a more than 20% increase in donor engagement.

Jonathan graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Baltimore with a B.A. in Government and Public Policy.

Jonathan lives near Grand Rapids, MI, with his wife, Esther, and their two energetic children.

Megan Ritter Vice President of Communications at A.C. Fitzgerald & Associates

Megan Ritter

Vice President of Communications

Areas of Expertise
Grantmaking foundations, strategic communications, donor relations

About Megan Ritter
Megan is an expert in foundation fundraising with a wealth of experience developing donor communications pieces and building a nonprofit from the startup phase into a thriving enterprise. Prior to joining A.C. Fitzgerald & Associates, she served as grants manager and development writer for the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity. There, she took the lead in building a coordinated donor communications strategy, including newsletters, annual reports, email fundraising, and planned giving as well as foundation strategy and proposal writing.

She has also worked on local, state, and national campaigns and with the Tax Foundation. Megan earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science, with a concentration in Holocaust and genocide studies, from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

Andrea Beeman Clients Relations Manager at A.C. Fitzgerald & Associates

Andrea Beeman

Director of Research and Outreach

Areas of Expertise
Donor and prospect research, systems management, social media

About Andrea Beeman
As a key team player on fundraising audits and client consulting, Andrea uses her research and organizational skills to manage databases, conduct competitive analyses and perform foundation and individual donor research. She also manages operations and oversees client outreach.

Prior to joining A.C. Fitzgerald and Associates, Beeman interned for Heritage Action for America, the grassroots-lobbying group for The Heritage Foundation, where she handled donor calls and requests on a regular basis. Andrea received her bachelor’s degree from Liberty University, where she majored in Government: Politics and Policy. While in school, she worked in the customer service field, developing strong interpersonal, research and managerial skills that have allowed her to excel at advising and interacting with clients. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

Samantha Audia

Client Relations Manager

Areas of Expertise
Donor and prospect research, systems management, social media

About Samantha Audia
Samantha draws upon her organizational and research skills to serve as a resource for clients, and provides support to the firm’s consultants with in-depth research projects and prospect portfolios. She also contributes to the team’s marketing efforts, drawing on her communications experience her previous work in journalism.

Samantha holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Michigan. While completing her undergraduate degree, she worked with the Michigan Municipal League, The Heritage Foundation, and the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, all of which allowed her to develop an interest in policy advocacy and the nonprofit sector. Originally from Michigan, she currently resides in Arlington, Virginia.


Karen Kulivan

Senior Writer and Researcher

Areas of Expertise
Donor communications, proposal writing, donor and prospect research

 About Karen Kulivan
Karen Kulivan has played many roles in the nonprofit sector, from serving large national organizations to helping build local nonprofits from the ground up. At A.C. Fitzgerald & Associates, she assists with research and writing projects for our clients.

Karen holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Thiel College in Greenville, PA and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Liberty University. She lives in Virginia with her family.

Maria Shumaker Senior Editor at A.C. Fitzgerald & AssociatesMaria Shumaker

Senior Editor 

Maria Shumaker is the senior editor at A.C. Fitzgerald & Associates. In her role, she edits donor communications, fundraising audits and the firm’s e-newsletter, Nonprofit Partner.  Shumaker earned a master’s degree in secondary education from the Catholic University of America and has taught literature and writing at both the elementary and high school levels.

She has several years experience in the newspaper industry and has worked as a trainer for Thomson Financial and Chevy Chase Bank. Shumaker helped found the Frederick Classical Charter School in Frederick, Maryland and continues to assist the school with its fundraising efforts. She is a strong proponent of school choice and serves on the PTA of her sons’ school.

Brian McNicoll Senior Writer at A.C. Fitzgerald & AssociatesBrian McNicoll

Senior Writer

Brian McNicoll has worked his entire adult life – and more – in the information business. He began at age 15 as a sportswriter for the morning daily of his hometown, Shreveport, Louisiana. Since then, he’s served as a reporter, political and sports columnist, editor, editorial page editor and managing editor for newspapers in Louisiana, Virginia and Maryland.

McNicoll also has written for and edited magazines and newsletters, served as host of his own television program for three years and worked in the highly regarded public relations shop at The Heritage Foundation. He worked as press secretary for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and its prominent chairman/ranking member, U.S. Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va. He has produced op-eds, editorials, columns and a series of letters-to-the-editor on health care issues. McNicoll also has written extensively about education policy, energy and the environment, crime and justice and economic policy and has worked on political campaigns.

McNicoll coaches, referees and serves on the youth basketball board of directors in McLean, Virginia.

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