John Damer recently joined the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) staff as the seminary’s new director of Advancement Operations.
Over the last 11 years, Damer has gained extensive experience managing operations in an institutional advancement environment at The University of Chicago, most recently as director, development operations at The University of Chicago Lab Schools. As an entrepreneur, and before joining U of C, Damer conceived of, and opened, a restaurant specializing in Costa Rican cuisine.
As an active member of an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregation in Chicago, he was eager to make the shift to LSTC. “I was drawn to LSTC's commitment to remain grounded in its mission while boldly envisioning what that can mean for the next generation of leaders,” Damer said. “Now more than ever the world needs the kind of education and training that LSTC is creating.”
“It’s a pleasure to welcome John to the team,” said Clyde Walter, vice president for Advancement. “John brings tremendous experience in advancement operations roles from his work nearby at the University of Chicago. I’ve already been impressed by John’s analytical mind and I’m confident in his ability to lead advancement operations to new levels in support of our incredibly important fundraising work.”
Damer received his master of business administration from The University of Illinois at Chicago, a master of arts degree in Latin American Studies from Indiana University, and a bachelor of arts in Political Science from Miami University in Ohio. He is a member of the Association of Advancement Services and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
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