December 20, 2014

Alix Compton, Non-Profit Management Professional

I am a pragmatic non-profit professional with the ability to think strategically, and skilled at translating organizational objectives into department-level tactics. I am able to balance the aspirations of a mission-driven organization with the practicalities of the marketplace. Working alongside senior staff, front line staff, board, and other contributors, I build capacity in terms of both financial capital and human capital. In order to do each of these things effectively, I excel at relationship-building and internal and external communications, and package the information in a way that makes sense for each audience.

Prior to focusing on non-profit operations, I spent nearly 20 years in professional event management working with a wide range of clients including corporations, non-profits, and trade associations. The majority of my experience was with non-profit community relations and development teams, with a particular focus on fundraising through special events. Working in Seattle with organizations including the Washington Technology Industry Association, Bellwether Housing, King County Sexual Assault Resource Center, Landesa, and the Seattle Symphony, and in Washington, DC with the Overseas Development Council, I developed a knack for producing tremendous results for non-profits on very limited budgets.

My experience also included the other end of the spectrum, working with internal teams at Microsoft to produce the 6,000-person launch event for Windows 2000 and with the Investment Company Institute to manage 1,500-person nationwide conferences, meetings, and tradeshows. I implemented event-focused marketing strategies for Delta Dental/Washington Dental Service, as well as executed all logistics for a four-day, 800-person customer conference for Tableau Software.

A Northwest native, I returned to Washington state after earning my B.A. in International Relations and Asian Studies at Colgate University in upstate New York, and living and working for four years in Washington, DC.