Bonnie Clendenning, a proven fundraising executive with in-depth experience in the academic sector, joined our practice in 2015. Clendenning, in a leadership capacity, admirably served these top notch institutions: Boston University, Tufts University, The Fletcher School of International Diplomacy, and Harvard University. While Dean and Vice President of External Relations at Radcliffe College, Bonnie conducted and completed the then largest fundraising campaign ($101 M) in the institution’s history. Her role included designing and executing new programming to attract publicity and new constituencies, and initiating strategic changes in communications, alumnae relations, and systems to facilitate Radcliffe’s transition from an independent institution to a new division of Harvard University.
Clendenning’s additional management positions in the academic sector include: Executive Director and ultimately a trustee of The Archaeological Institute of America of Boston; and President of the School for Field Studies of Salem Massachusetts – an organization which partners with more than 300 Unites States based undergraduate programs to provide accredited environmental studies at field stations around the globe.
For a decade Bonnie focused her energy and expertise on international projects in England, Europe and the Middle East. A Certified Financial Planner ®, Bonnie is a graduate of Smith College, holds a Master’s degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a J.D. from the New England School of Law.
Bonnie honed her consulting expertise as Vice President of the Educational Alliance of Framingham, Massachusetts, a national full service higher education consulting practice. At EAF Bonnie’s area of specialization included: best practices in institutional and organizational advancement, executive recruitment, development audits, and board development and governance.
Authentic and a keen listener, Bonnie readily interprets complicated situations capably unravels issues and graciously reframes options for our clients. Nimble, witty and enthusiastic Bonnie brings tremendous energy to our practice and our clients.
An active volunteer, Bonnie is President of the Newton Community Chorus, a Board of Director and volunteer consultant for ESC of New England and a board member of the New Art Center of Newton, MA. She is the former Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Massachusetts Bay Community College.