Fundraising,Leadership,Strategy Published Date, 2021

Orr Group TALKS Ft. David Simas, Chief Executive Officer, Obama Foundation

Over the past year, we have seen large-scale societal challenges become more apparent and the demand for large-scale solutions intensify. Recognizing the incredible amount of planning and investment required to execute these fundraising efforts, Orr Group is convening leading nonprofit executives, board members, and fundraisers to explore the key elements for successful fundraising.

In this TALK, David Simas, Chief Executive Officer at the Obama Foundation will join Steve Orr, Managing Partner at Orr Group to discuss what it takes to plan and execute a successful fundraising efforts and the secrets to harnessing the vision of inspirational leaders.


David Simas is the Chief Executive Officer of the Obama Foundation. A native of Taunton, Massachusetts, Simas was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick in 2007. Simas joined the Obama Administration in 2009 as a Deputy Assistant to the President, working with senior advisors David Axelrod and David Plouffe. Simas then served as Director of Opinion Research for President Obama’s reelection in 2012. Following the reelection, he returned to the White House as Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Political Strategy and Outreach. Simas holds a B.A. in political science from Stonehill College and a J.D. from Boston College Law School.

Steve Orr is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Orr Group. Since the firm’s inception, Steve has facilitated the growth and evolution of the firm to its current position as a national leader in the nonprofit consulting sector.

Drawing on his investment banking and finance background, Steve brings a problem-solving approach, a focus on metrics, and an outcomes-driven perspective to the nonprofit sector. Steve is committed to enhancing philanthropy using innovative technologies and approaches developed in the business world to disrupt the established ways of working and encourage experimentation. He draws on his 30 plus years of experience to establish and build trust with staff, management, and boards, as well as to drive philanthropic revenue growth.

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