As Senior Director of Development, Sunil Oommen is responsible for generating and sustaining financial resources for the organization from individual donors, law firms and corporations. Sunil also oversees fundraising database operations, and the execution of the annual Human Rights First Award Dinner and other events throughout the year.
Over nearly two decades, Sunil developed a broad base of skills and expertise in fundraising, communications, and community relations. Sunil most recently served as the Managing Director of Major Gifts for Amnesty International USA, the American division of the global human rights organization, and as Director of Development for A Better Chance, a national educational organization dedicated to developing future leaders of color in the U.S. As part of his larger commitment to social justice issues and professional development for the nonprofit sector, Sunil uses his spare time to serve on the Board of Directors for South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), a national civil rights organization, and as a member of the Professional Advancement Committee for the New York Chapter of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals (AFP).
Sunil has been a featured expert on fundraising through articles and citations in AFP’s publications and The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and as a faculty member for “Fundraising Day in New York,” the largest single-day annual professional development conference for fundraisers in the U.S. Sunil was also honored to be among 12 professionals from around the U.S. chosen in 2014 for the American Express NGen Fellows Program (organized through Independent Sector) for accomplished and innovative leaders under age 40 in the nonprofit sector.
Sunil earned a Master of Science in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts degree in French Language and West European Area Studies from American University in Washington, DC.