A seasoned top-performing professional with more than 15 years of cultivating strategic partnerships for Fortune 500 companies, Adella brings her expertise to support the Chicago Teachers Union Foundation’s (CTUF) fund development campaigns, special event projects and marketing & communications initiatives as the Development Associate.
Passionate about diversity, inclusion, and resourcing underserved communities, Adella notably led the team that serviced over 300 corporate and educational institutions that sought qualified MBA minority candidates for employment resulting in job opportunities for over 10,000 minority MBA holders. Additionally, she helped generated over $8M in revenue through exhibit sales, sponsorships, grants and in-kind donations.
Right before joining the CTUF’s Institutional Advancement team, Adella worked as a Vocational Facilitator for the Special Education District of Lake County where she coordinated vocational assessments, employment opportunities, and post-secondary planning for high school and transition students with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities. Adella currently holds a Bachelor’s degree from Chicago State University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Governors State University. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering for special causes like recruiting blood drives, helping senior citizens and providing care packages for the homeless.