Mariah FosnightClient Service Associate
“Even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there.” – Stephen Chbosky
Mariah joined The Alford Group in 2018 as a Client Service Associate of the West Division. She has thrived in mission-driven organizations with diverse stakeholders and innovative approaches to problem solving. Mariah gained experience in development and donor services at The Pittsburgh Foundation while supporting philanthropic initiatives and propelling innovative tactics for maximizing donor cultivation and fund development. Most recently, as a consultant for an international NGO, she designed a microfinance program in northern Uganda, secured three years of funding, developed a business training curriculum for the program beneficiaries, and held the first training session with over 60 participants.
To meet the needs of her teams and clients, she has pursued advanced education and specialized training in project management, stakeholder analysis, data visualization, writing and editing, strategic planning, and donor-centric fundraising. She enjoys improving processes, maintaining data integrity, and empowering teams to manage results and accomplish their social impact goals.
These passions are further exemplified by her involvement in a variety of non-profit organizations as Board Member, volunteer, and donor. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for an organization that provides grants for microfinance, public health, and education projects in developing countries. Additionally, she volunteers for a Seattle organization that enables horses to transform the bodies, minds, and spirts of people with disabilities.
When she’s not volunteering her time, Mariah enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and kitties, hiking, skiing, and doing yoga. She has traveled to nearly 20 countries on five continents and strives to bring her cross-cultural communication and cultural sensitivity skills to every project she works on and relationship she builds.
Joined The Alford Group: 2018
- Pioneer Human Services
- Parker Adventist Hospital Foundation
- Oregon Ballet Theatre
- Edmonds Community College Foundation
Education & Credentials:
- MBA Finance & Strategy, University of Pittsburgh, PA
- MID NGOs & Civil Society, University of Pittsburgh, PA
- B.S. Journalism, Boston University, MA