Angela D. Seaworth holds a Ph.D. in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy where she researched nonprofit governance and leadership, was a Graduate Fellow at the Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence, a doctoral intern at the Lumina Foundation and a doctoral assistant at The Fund Raising School. She earned her MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Indiana University’s O’Neil School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), and B.A. from Denison University.
Dr. Seaworth is passionate about nonprofit and philanthropy education. She was the founding director of the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Rice University where she designed curriculum and managed educational programming for nonprofit executives and board members, eventually growing the program to more than 800 enrollments annually. As a Lecturer for the Texas A&M Bush School of Government and Public Service, she teaches Management and Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations, Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector, and Fundraising in Nonprofit Organizations. Additionally, she also teaches a graduate-level Fund Development course at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, and Nonprofit Strategy for the University of California Irvine. She has taught an undergraduate capstone course in Management, Leadership, and Policy, as an adjunct professor at Indiana University’s SPEA, and has served on the Leadership Circle for the University of Houston’s Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Chapter since 2012. Seaworth champions youth philanthropy education and designed a week-long camp philanthropy curriculum for ages 9-14, and the Council of Michigan Foundations appointed her to the board for Learning to Give, a K-12 philanthropy education curriculum in 2015.
As a practitioner, she has more than 20 years of multifaceted experience in the nonprofit sector as a professional fundraiser and consultant. She has worked as a fundraiser at the University of Chicago, the University of Houston, and as the chief development officer 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. In her consulting capacity, she has worked with a variety of organizations including foundations, Catholic and Independent schools, public school foundations, chambers of commerce, ministries, and arts and cultural institutions on nonprofit governance, strategic planning, capacity building, and organizational assessments.
Seaworth is an Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) and held the Certified Fund Raising Designation from 2002-2011. To promote the fundraising profession, she served on the ACFRE Credentialing Board for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) International and as a Subject Matter Expert for CFRE International, preparing questions for its fundraising certification exam. Locally, she served on the the Greater Houston AFP Chapter Board as the VP Professional Advancement and was awarded the M. Anne Murphy Award for Professional Advancement.
She has served on various nonprofit boards for 25 years. In addition to her personal community service, Angela is involved in the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) and AFP. Seaworth’s work has been published in Giving USA, The Nonprofit Times, Advancing Philanthropy, and the Continuing Higher Education Review, with media appearances in The Houston Chronicle, Houston Public Media KUHF, Houston PBS, Fox 26 News Houston, Chinese Xinhua News Agency Houston Bureau, and the Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund.
Dr. Seaworth enjoys promoting the nonprofit profession and preparing the next generation of nonprofit leaders, so she is delighted to be a part of the Center for Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Bush School.