Why we started Opus Advisors
We could talk about the due diligence we undertook, or the evening planning sessions at the local library, but that would miss the essence of why we decided to form Opus Advisors. We came together to align our personal and professional passion with organizations, endeavors and projects that focus efforts on making the world a better place to live. Alignment. Life’s work. That’s why we started Opus Advisors. That’s what motivates us, and that’s why we love what we do.
Prior to joining Opus, Alexandra Urbanowski served as Vice President for Development and Marketing at New Hampshire Public Radio for more than 5 years. At NHPR she managed annual revenues of over $5 million and helped complete NHPR’s $6.5 million capital campaign for a new broadcast facility and tower expansion. She was also instrumental in leading NHPR’s expansion onto digital platforms. Alexandra helped guide NHPR’s successful fund raising and marketing during the challenging volatile time of economic uncertainty and new media expansion.
Alexandra is a strategic thinker with a wide range of skills and extensive experience in the nonprofit sector. She was a critical partner to me in expanding ALFSV’s programs and impact.Before returning to her native state of New Hampshire, Alexandra spent twenty years in San Jose, California where she did fundraising and nonprofit management for a number of arts and community organizations including managing the capital campaign for the $25 million Hammer Theater Center project, serving as chief executive for San Jose Repertory Theater, helping to launch American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley’s Common Good Collaborative Campaign and serving as Chair of the San Jose Convention & Visitors Bureau Board. She currently splits her time between homes in Monterey, CA and Manchester, NH. She sits on the board of 7 Stages Shakespeare and has presented at conferences for CONFR, AFP and other professional organizations.
- Ann Skeet, American Leadership Forum - Silicon Valley
Alexandra is an alumna of Smith College and has participated in the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program.
Anne brings over 25 years of experience in nonprofit development and management, specializing in strategic planning, assessments, feasibility studies, campaign counsel and major gift work. She has provided her clients with strategic direction in governance, management, fund development, communications and long range planning.
After serving as VP of Development for California Pacific Medical Center Foundation for ten years, Anne returned to New England in 2000 and joined Phillips Exeter Academy as part of the Major Gift team to launch the largest campaign in the history of secondary education. Anne then worked for Dartmouth College to establish the major gift program in support of the campaign for the Medical School and Medical Center.
Annie made the establishment of a new middle school possible… The school credits its financial viability to Annie’s advice…
- Richard Davis, Heronfield Academy Board
During Anne’s career she has worked with numerous community-based organizations in conservation and human services, and has extensive experience working with the different constituencies involved in fundraising, from campaign volunteers and nonprofit boards and leadership to administrative staffs. Anne has led numerous organizations through strategic planning, focusing on best practices in fundraising, board/committee development, governance and brought clarity, innovation and progressive thinking to the work.
Anne serves on the Board of Trustees of the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire and the Board of Advisors at University of New Hampshire’s Museum of Art. Anne received her B.A. in Communications from Simmons College.
Caitlin has 10 years of experience working in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors and worked as a Senior Associate with Opus Advisors from 2014-2016. Since 2016, she has been a valuable strategic partner of the firm.
Caitlin’s started her career working inside nonprofits at the William J. Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Boston. In this role, Caitlin relied on her good nature, and project management skills to execute and maintain the smooth operations of a fast-growing, entrepreneurial organization. Other nonprofit experience includes work with the National Center for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP), League of Young Voters, and the Georgetown Health Policy Institute.
Prior to Opus, Caitlin worked in consulting as an Analyst at Dare Mighty Things (DMT) in Portsmouth, NH. Here, Caitlin led the design and development of dozens of classroom-based and e-learning lessons, webinars, and developmental toolkits to support nonprofit clients in the areas of training and development. Caitlin is a strong writer and editor and has taken lead on benchmarking studies, white papers, and quarterly and annual reports. Caitlin also has experience with data management and analysis to support performance and outcome measurement projects.
A partial list of clients include Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, Center for Wildlife, NH State Council on the Arts, New England Association of Learning Specialists, Patrick Dorow Productions, Firehouse Center for the Arts, Prison Fellowship International, National Guard Youth Challenge Program, and Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star.
Caitlin sits on the Board of the Joan G. Lovering Health Center. She earned her MPP from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, where she focused on nonprofit management and leadership, and quantitative analysis, and has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire.
Katherine brings 15 years experience in strategic planning and evaluation in the nonprofit sector to her work with Opus Advisors. She is a strong facilitator with an extensive background guiding steering committees and working groups through collaborative processes to identify and articulate their goals, define key strategies to achieve those goals, and establish the metrics to monitor their impact. Katherine is passionate about developing collaborative solutions to address complex social problems and skilled at engaging a wide variety of partners from the nonprofit, philanthropic, corporate and government sectors, and is adept at leveraging both quantitative and qualitative data to support organizations in developing effective strategies for achieving social change.
Most recently, Katherine spent nearly 10 years with FSG in Boston and Seattle. A partial list of clients include The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, San Antonio Area Foundation, New Schools for New Orleans, Aspen Community Foundation, Greater New Orleans Foundation, Southern Regional Education Board, Rainwater Charitable Trust, Community Center for Education Results, Howard Schultz Family Foundation.
Katherine has an MBA from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University and a BA in Visual Art from Brown University.
Leila Murphy is a development professional with more than ten years experience in nonprofit development and management. She has experience with annual campaigns, corporate sponsorship programs, grant writing and planned giving. Leila is a results-oriented project, program and events planner and manager, with experience in private and public sectors. Her strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to track and manage all aspects of a project are invaluable to her clients. Leila is also an excellent motivator and communicator; skilled in community partnerships, team leadership and client relations.
A partial list of clients include Jesup Memorial Library, NH Businesses for Social Responsibility, Timberland, Lamprey Arts & Culture Alliance, Discover Portsmouth, Maine Boats Homes & Harbors, Atlantic Challenge, Salt Bay Chamberfest, and Maine Lakes Conservancy Institute.
Leila has a B.A. in International Relations from Simmons College.