Angela Seaworth

Adjunct Assistant Teaching Professor

Angela  Seaworth

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Angela Seaworth is a nonprofit management professional who has more than 20 years of multi-faceted experience in the nonprofit sector.  Her experience includes professional fundraising, nonprofit consulting, nonprofit governance, corporate grant-making, community relations and public affairs.  In her consulting capacity she has worked with the following organizations: a theological seminary, Catholic and Independent schools, foundations, a chamber of commerce, a sorority, and universities. 

Dr. Seaworth was the founding director of the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (CPNL) at Rice University where she designed and managed educational programming for nonprofit executives and board members.  Under her leadership, enrollment increased by 128%, and the Center attracted students from 38 states and four countries.  She expanded the curriculum to include more than 25 advanced fundraising and nonprofit professional advancement courses and 4 non-credit certificate programs to address fundraising, operations, nonprofit finance, and executive leadership.

She is an Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) who has raised approximately $60 million as a fundraiser at the University of Chicago, the University of Houston, CPNL, and at two independent high schools.  She also worked in the Analytical Solutions practice for Marts & Lundy, Inc. where she was responsible for capacity analyses, benchmarking studies and feasibility study design.  To serve the fundraising profession, she serves on the ACFRE Credentialing Board and has been a Subject Matter Expert for CFRE International, preparing questions for its fundraising certification exam.

Dr. Seaworth received her doctorate in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University’s Lilly Family School on Philanthropy, where she researched nonprofit governance and leadership, authored a chapter of Giving USA 2009, was a Graduate Fellow at the Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence, a doctoral intern for the Lumina Foundation and held a doctoral assistantship at The Fund Raising School.  Additionally, she taught as an adjunct professor at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), completed the Preparing Future Faculty program, and was inducted into the inaugural class of the Nu Lambda Mu honor society.

She has more than 20 years of board service on various nonprofit boards, including a national foundation board.  Currently, she serves on Advisory Boards for the Humble Independent School District Education Foundation, the Leadership Circle for the University of Houston Chapter of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and the St. Anne Catholic Church Outreach Committee.  Recently, the Council of Michigan Foundations appointed her to the national board for Learning to Give, a K-12 philanthropy education curriculum.

She earned her B.A. from Denison University, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.  In addition to her personal community service, Angela is involved in the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, formerly serving as the VP Professional Advancement for the Greater Houston Chapter.


Ph.D., Philanthropic Studies with minor in Leadership, Indiana University

MBA, Marketing and Strategy, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Bachelor of Arts, Communication and Psyhcology, Denison University