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Shriver Center Names Keenya Lambert Vice President of Development

July 24, 2018


Michelle Nicolet
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Chicago—John Bouman, President of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, has announced the promotion of Keenya Lambert to Vice President of Development. In this position, Lambert will provide oversight of the Shriver Center’s foundation, event, and individual giving activities and direct implementation of a comprehensive resource development plan to support the organization’s $7.5 million annual budget. Lambert will also join the Shriver Center’s senior management team.

“Keenya is a passionate champion for the Shriver Center’s work and mission,” said Bouman. “Most recently, as the Shriver Center’s first Major Gifts Officer, she led the Shriver Challenge, a multiyear major gifts campaign that raised $3 million and significantly grew our community of donors. Under her leadership, I’m confident that our development team will take strong steps forward in the coming years.”

Lambert brings more than a decade of successful nonprofit experience in fundraising, youth development, and arts management in organizations including the Chicago Urban League and KIPP Chicago. Lambert earned a bachelor’s degree in Christian Education and Youth Development from Wheaton College and a master’s degree in Arts Management from Columbia College Chicago.

“The Shriver Center does critical work to advance justice and opportunity for people living in poverty” said Lambert. “On a daily basis, I see the much-needed impact of our advocacy. I’ve been so impressed with the modesty of donors when they see the manifestation of their generosity. I look forward to connecting more donors and funders to the Shriver Center’s mission and impact.”

Lambert will be based in the Shriver Center’s headquarters in Chicago, Illinois.


The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law provides national leadership in advancing laws and policies that secure justice to improve the lives and opportunities of people living in poverty.


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