Our Leadership Team


Dan Allenby | Principal & Founder

Dan is an author, speaker, and consultant who has worked with academic institutions for over two decades to train their advancement staff and volunteers. A recipient of the prestigious CASE “Crystal Apple” award for teaching excellence, Dan is an internationally-recognized expert on annual giving and constituent engagement. He chaired CASE’s Institute for Senior Annual Giving Professionals and its Annual Giving Workshop for five collective terms and served on the faculty for CASE’s Summer Institute in Educational Fundraising. His bookIdeas for Annual Giving – offers the latest designs for helping institutions increase annual giving and boost alumni participation. Previously, he served as the assistant vice president for annual giving at Boston University, and also led annual giving and member marketing efforts at Tufts University, Georgetown University, and the National Geographic Society. Dan received an MBA from Boston College and a BA from James Madison University, and a certificate in the Management of Communication Organizations from Tufts University. Connect with Dan on LinkedIn


Brian Allenby | Director of Operations

Brian has over 15 years of marketing, communications, and fundraising experience at a variety of non-profit organizations and businesses, ranging from the music industry to transportation advocacy to environmental initiatives. He has worked with AGN from its earliest days and oversees day-to-day operations including membership, marketing, and technology. Brian has a B.A. in Political Science from American University.


Erik Herman | Director of Training & Curriculum Development

Erik has over 20 years experience as writer, editor, course developer, and training practice manager. He is a CompTIA CTT+ certified technical trainer, Modern Classroom Certified Trainer (MCCT), IBM business and financial analytics certified data analyst, product manager, instructional designer, e-learning, and content development professional. His background includes business and financial analytics, software training, consulting, technology curriculum development, higher education publishing, market research, and sales. He holds a B.A. in English from George Mason University.


Anne Murphy | Director of Resource Development

Anne has over a decade of experience, including overseeing parent and alumni giving programs. Previously, she served as Director of Annual Giving at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta, and held annual giving positions at St. Mark’s School of Texas, University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, and at the Public Broadcasting Service. She holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.P.A. from George Mason University.

AGN serves thousands of colleges, universities, and independent schools around the world. We are especially proud to have supported more than 600 organizations through our membership program, which provides unlimited access to all of our resources, discounts, and more. It’s our passion and privilege to help build exceptional advancement teams, and we welcome the opportunity to work with you.

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