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About the Presenter:
Lesley Albanese is vice president for initiatives at the Cato Institute. In her position, she serves as a member of the Institute’s senior leadership team collaborating with the president, executive management and scholars on a range of strategic objectives and projects. She is also responsible for identifying opportunities to establish new ventures, and maintains a development portfolio that includes foundations and major-gift solicitation.
Before joining the Cato Institute, Albanese was the president and COO of the Center for Education Reform, and served from 2014-2017 as the Vice President of Development at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. In that capacity, Albanese oversaw all fundraising efforts including annual membership, major gift solicitation of individuals, corporations, and foundations.
Prior to joining the Constitution Center, Albanese spent 16 years at the Cato Institute. She most recently served as Cato’s Vice President for Development (2007-2014). Working closely with the Institute’s president, she was instrumental in the success of Cato’s capital campaign, which expanded its headquarters and programs.
Albanese received a BA in business and political science from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.