Key Team Members
Experience the difference of working with an elite, nimble, highly experienced team. The Harrington Agency is a cutting-edge fundraising consultancy. We take pride in knowing our clients are served by principles and senior team members not just at the quarterly reviews but on a daily basis.
The Harrington Agency brings analytical rigor and a multi-channel approach to the creation of customized, fully-integrated fundraising plans. Our connection between traditional and present-day platforms is seamless, and we keep a ready eye on the emerging approaches of tomorrow.
Read on to meet the members of our experienced team.
Jessica Harrington, President
Throughout the nonprofit universe, Jess is known as one of the industry’s most dynamic, exciting fundraisers. She’s admired for her ability to pull truth from raw data, for her determination to seize every challenge as an opportunity, and for her bedrock belief that “best practices” are only the launching point for the results-boosting advances she creates. Jessica’s secret? Her razor-sharp analytical exterior hides a bleeding heart; she’s motivated by the desire to leave a better world for her children. Her list of current and former clients is long and glowing; her successes in the field are legendary.
Years in fundraising: 22
Tracy Lea, Vice President
Tracy is undeniably our people person. With an impressive fundraising resume, she builds bridges wherever she goes. That ensures our clients (and our agency) have access to the best resources – be they vendors, partners, services, or information. A voracious consumer of news, business philosophies, and social thought, Tracy guides us beyond our comfort zone in the ongoing quest for smart strategies and inspiration. Among the many expressions of her personal activism, Tracy serves as chair for the Special Olympic International’s Cycling Committee.
Years in fundraising: 34
Bob Fechter, Chief Analyst
Bob is a Rembrandt of analysis. Most of us see spreadsheets and pivot tables as a way to organize data; Bob sees the story portrayed within the meticulous columns. He reads results like a thriller, always eager to separate the clues from the red herrings. His mission is to uncover the verifiable truths that guide strategy so plans are based not on instinct but on measurable fact. With a background in information technology, Bob is drawn to new and changing processes. He constantly assesses “the next big thing” to discover whether it’s hype or a useful tool for our clients.
Years in fundraising: 10
Cheryl B. Keedy, Creative Director
Cheryl comes to The Harrington Agency after spending over twenty years at Production Solutions. During her tenure she grew her role from Project Manager to Director to finally creating and filling the role of Innovation Director. Seeing the ever-increasing speed of innovation Cheryl believed it was imperative Production Solutions have a leadership position and team dedicated to keeping the firm on the cutting edge of direct marketing, filtering out the unworkable and allowing Production Solutions clients to benefit from her strategic insights. Industry-wide she is regarded as a thought leader capable of turning the abstract into the concrete. And her fidelity to executing projects efficiently and effectively, without losing the concept’s vision, truly sets her apart.
We are pleased to welcome Cheryl as The Harrington Agency’s new Creative Director, and we are excited to see where she guides us in the coming years.
Years in Fundraising: 21
Adam Ruff, Chief Digital Officer
The road Adam traveled to become a thought leader in digital fundraising was hardly direct, but then again neither is the field. However, after a career that spans running national political campaigns, practicing law, and even selling everything from speakers to laptops at Circuit City, he feels fully prepared to handle whatever comes down the pipe. But it wasn't until his tenure at Blue State Digital where he began working with nonprofits that he found his true calling - raising money for causes he deeply believes in.
Adam credits his success in digital to the passion he cultivated in politics, and the deep intellectual curiosity law school fostered in him. These traits serve him well in a field that is constantly in motion. "Digital makes you want it. There's no halfway when it comes to staying at the top of the game."
From the work he's produced so far and the successes he's provided to our clients, we are sure Adam will be at the forefront of digital leadership for a very long time.
Years in fundraising: 11
Robert Fisher, Client Services Manager
Every once in a while, you come across a star in the making. Ours is named Robert – a young man capable of juggling many balls at once while paying attention to details and absorbing knowledge like a sponge. Robert cut his teeth in the Obama for America campaign where he focused on increasing and promoting youth participation. One day, Robert will rule the planet (and it will be a good day for us all) – but today he’s making sure our clients are always informed, always get their questions answered, always know exactly where their programs stand. Don’t try to steal our boy genius; we’re keeping him!
Years in fundraising: 6
Nicola Leckie, Client Services Manager
Over the past 20 years, Nicola has worked on both the client and agency side for consumer brands like Coca-Cola and Anheuser-Busch and has spent seven years in the fundraising industry. Her most notable nonprofit role was with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology where she served as the Director or Digital Fundraising. At the Lab, Nicola led lead generation, member acquisition and digital fundraising initiatives that increased the Lab’s email file to nearly 700,000 active online constituents and tripled the Lab’s online fundraising revenue in just three years. The common thread through Nicola’s career has been a keen interest in constituent behavior and passion to drive results by applying analytics to creative marketing initiatives. Nicola is thrilled to be back in the nonprofit world.
Years in Fundraising: 7
Rusty Varney, Operations Manager
The Harrington Agency lured Rusty into employment by telling her we needed someone “bossy and charming.” Rusty worked with Jessica years ago at Craver Mathews Smith (the hub of the fundraising wheel); she now returns to the direct marketing world after a hugely successful two-daughter hiatus. Editor, proof-reader, scheduler, organizer par excellence, Rusty makes the trains run on time and has the uncanny ability to make everyone smile even as we obediently obey. She has rapidly become the power behind all these Harrington Agency thrones.
Years in Fundraising: 12