Michelle Powers Keegan
Michelle Powers Keegan is chief development officer at CSIS and is responsible for directing the Center’s fundraising efforts including individual giving, corporate partnerships, and foundation and government grants. Prior to joining CSIS, she was chief development officer at the ALS Association, where she oversaw all fundraising activities, including their national signature event, the Walk to Defeat ALS®. Before that she was director of development at the historic Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. While there, Keegan led all fundraising efforts, including the successful launch and completion of the $50 million Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Campaign, the largest and most comprehensive renovation effort in the Theatre’s long history. Previously, Keegan was director of major gifts at the national headquarters of Volunteers of America, where she managed a successful partnership with the Major League Baseball Players Association. She also launched the individual giving program at the International Center for Research on Women.
Early in her career, Keegan managed special events and alumni relations for the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University and was the head of marketing and events for the Village Gate jazz club on 52nd Street. She also worked as a special assistant to wedding and event planner Marcy Blum. Keegan holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Southern Maine and a degree in acting from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She is also an active member of the Washington, D.C., Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, having served on their board for six years and is currently cochairing their advanced executives committee.