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Ithaca, New York West Wind Consulting Strategies in Fund Raising LLC is pleased to announce that Tammie L. Ruda has joined the firm as a Senior Consultant.  She will provide guidance and counsel to colleges, universities, and other non-profit organizations to help them improve their fundraising programs and results.

Tammie previously served as an independent fundraising consultant and has partnered with West Wind Consulting to serve its clients.  She draws upon over twenty-five years’ experience in development gained by working at Harvard University and Brown University.  She has led annual giving efforts, information technology (including a database conversion project), and prospect research and participated in five comprehensive fundraising campaigns.  She earned her Ed.M. in higher education administration and A.B. magna cum laude in history and science, both from Harvard University.  A longtime volunteer with CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education), Tammie received the CASE Crystal Apple Award for her teaching at professional conferences and is recognized as a CASE Laureate.  She served three terms as chair of the Annual Giving Directors Consortium and was also awarded the Diane Thompson Award by the Northeast Annual Giving Conference in 2016.

“By joining West Wind Consulting, I gain the ability to help multiple organizations at once,” Tammie explained.  “I’m excited to expand my impact, within higher education and beyond it, and to bring success to many more outstanding institutions that are making a positive difference in their communities and our world.”

Maya Gasuk, managing partner, adds “Since the founding of our firm in 2002, West Wind Consulting has been dedicated to bringing high quality, thoughtful and personalized counsel to each client we serve.  We are thrilled to have someone with Tammie’s national reputation and talent be part of our firm.  She is a gifted teacher with a 25-year record of accomplishments at some of the best institutions in the world and the energy and passion to share her knowledge to help others.”

About West Wind Consulting Strategies in Fund Raising LLC

West Wind Consulting is proud to partner with clients to craft customized plans to grow their fundraising results while providing focus, strategy, professional expertise, coaching, and a safe space to test ideas, talk through challenging circumstances, and ask questions. It is our privilege to engage deeply in the work of an organization, to provide counsel and support to attain our clients’ highest aspirations, and to expand meaningfully the good they do in the world.  Learn more at

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