Industry body, the AI in Advancement Advisory Council (AAAC), has announced the appointment of Reed Sheard as its Chair. Dr. Sheard is a founding member of the AAAC, and in his new role he will continue to build on its work to facilitate discussion and evaluation on the impact of AI on advancement.
"Reed has been an amazing champion and partner to all nonprofit organizations as they embark on digital-first strategies that transform the ways we work, and ultimately produce philanthropic outcomes that weren't possible just a few short years ago," said AAAC member and Gravyty CEO Adam Martel. "As artificial intelligence rapidly accelerates advancement to new and more impactful outcomes, I couldn't think of a better person to take over the leadership of the nonprofit sector's AI council, and I look forward to working with him as we continue to expand our impact."
Dr. Sheard is the current CIO and Vice President of Advancement for Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA. An expert in cloud computing, technology and AI, he is also an experienced director, including on the Higher Education Practice Group of the CIO Executive Council, the CIO Innovation Council at Salesforce, and the MIT Enterprise Forum for the Central Coast.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to lead the AAAC and thrilled to accelerate the education of AI in advancement. I appreciate the work my good friend, Adam Martel, has done to introduce this discussion to the industry, and I plan to build on that momentum," said Dr. Sheard. "Over the next two years, we aim to make the AAAC an organization that extends its footprint to the entire advancement audience by educating our peers on why AI matters and how it can help grow support for our various nonprofit organizations."