CEF’s New Development Team
Allyson B. Simpson
Allyson joined the Catholic Education Foundation as the Director of Development in February 2019. Prior to coming on board at CEF, she served as Vice President of Development and Communications at Huntington Medical Research Institutes in Pasadena, and in senior gift planning positions at Caltech, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Scripps College in Claremont, California. Allyson is a native of Pasadena, grew up in Southern California and received both her bachelor’s degree and her law degree from the University of Southern California (USC). She is a member of the California State Bar Association and the Los Angeles Council of Charitable Gift Planners, where she is serving as President during the 2018-2019 term. Allyson practiced corporate and regulatory law in the Los Angeles area for several years before transitioning seventeen years ago into development with a focus on planned, major and leadership giving.
Allyson loves spending time with her family, music, theater and serving as an RCIA catechist in her parish. She has previously served on the Board of Trustees of both Mayfield Junior School in Pasadena and the South Central Los Angeles Ministry Project (SC LAMP), as well as on the Board of Directors of St. Anne’s in Los Angeles. She currently serves on the Development Board of Nativity School in south Los Angeles.
Katie Kevorkian comes to CEF from Dolores Mission, a parish elementary school in Boyle Heights where she served for five years. She raised annual funds for student scholarships and academic enrichment programs while raising $5 million for a new building, which was completed in fall 2018. At Dolores Mission she became very familiar with CEF, who provides tuition assistance to more than three-fourths of their students every year. Katie is committed to ensuring educational access for children and youth, regardless of background or income level, and helping to create pathways to college and career. She worked in urban ministry in the Los Angeles area for nearly a decade at the USC Office of Religious Life, United Methodist Church, Urban Foundation, New Vision Partners and Interfaith Youth Leadership Initiative before making the jump to fundraising and development.
Katie hails from Vermont, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts from St. Michael’s College before moving to Los Angeles 13 years ago and completing a Master of Arts at Claremont School of Theology. Katie remains connected to Dolores Mission by serving on their school board. In her spare time, she enjoys Ignatian spiritual practices, volunteering for Best Friends Animal Society (in both animal care and event production!) and eating gluten free treats. AMDG
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