“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” 

Nelson Mandela

At Almabase, we understand the power of education. We believe one of the best ways to create an impact is by enabling small advancement shops to advance organically, efficiently and sustainably.

Over the last few years, we’ve worked really hard to build powerful software that is also easy-to-use. Hundreds of advancement teams have enjoyed higher participation from alumni as a result. One of the key reasons for this success, has been understanding our customers and their needs deeply.

But we know that there’s a lot left to be truly game-changing. To build great technology, we need to dig deeper into the science and psychology of alumni relationships. I started discussing goals and challenges of advancement teams with some of the thought leaders of our industry. Fortunately, I met Jay on this journey. As you probably know, his research on alumni identity is changing the course of higher education engagement and fundraising. We truly enjoy the insights he brings and approached him to play a role with Almabase. Yes, we’ve got big news!

Today, Jay is coming on board to help us realize our vision. We’re excited to welcome Dr. Jay Le Roux Dillon to the Almabase advisory board.

About Jay

Jay is a social scientist and higher education consultant with 14 years of progressive leadership experience in advancement. Jay’s research and consulting practice focuses on broadening and measuring institutional value and impact among college and university alumni through the lens of social psychology and alumni identity. 

He has served as Director of Alumni Engagement at the University of San Francisco and as Executive Director of Alumni Strategic Initiatives at UCLA. Jay is dedicated to improving philanthropy through data science in order to bring social justice and equity to education. He holds a doctorate in organization & leadership from USF and a master’s and bachelor’s degree in music from UCLA.

Above all, Jay is a caring father to this adorable 9 month old.

Jay with his son

There’s so much more to Jay than we can put together in words. Learn more about his research on AlumniIdentity and follow him on Twitter to see what we mean!

To know more about what we’re building at Almabase with Jay, click here.

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