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Adam-Michael Royston, CFREChief Development Officer

Adam-Michael (A.M.) is excited to join Mission Graduates, coming from a decade of experience securing critical funds for causes that change the world.  Growing up in rural North Carolina, he felt the one place he could be himself was in a local afterschool program, and now is excited to be leading strategic fundraising strategy for Mission Graduates. Initially working as a private sector consultant, A.M. was inspired to dedicate his career to non-profit work after volunteering weekly for the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington. A.M. has worked or lived in over 20 countries, mostly in Asia. He has raised more than 50 million dollars for programs focusing on youth development, women’s economic empowerment, clean water, HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ+ inclusion, and IDPs/refugees. Having raised funds for many projects, he is most proud of leading the proposal design for construction of a new hospital on the Thai/Myanmar border, as it brought needed healthcare to half a million people. A.M. has responded to complex disasters and conflict settings including: the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster, 2015 Myanmar Floods, Rohingya Crisis in Bangladesh, and State Building in Timor-Leste. A strong advocate for male sexual violence survivors, he testified before the U.N-Cambodian Tribunal seeking recognition for male victims of the Khmer Rouge. A.M. worked most recently for the YMCA of San Francisco’s Association Office supporting 14 branches in their fundraising efforts, collectively raising 10 million annually.  A.M. also supports The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s Northern California Chapter as a member of their annual gala’s host committee. He is a proud graduate of The George Washington University.

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