SummaryDevelopment Specialist, Piedmont Environmental Council
Douglas Stewart specializes in organizing individuals’ skills and energies to raise funds and build sustainable community-based organizations. Douglas has 16 years of experience working in nonprofit development and foundation relations. He holds leadership roles in a wide range of smart growth efforts focused on promoting more compact, walkable and bike-able development and transportation policy reform.
Ph.D English and American Literature
1989 – 1997
1984 – 1988
Piedmont Environmental Council
Dates EmployedFeb 2012 – Present
Employment Duration5 yrs 6 mos
Directs foundation and government grants for one of the country’s largest regional land trusts and smart growth organizations.
Secured and managed new federal grants from US Fish and Wildlife Service and Department of Agriculture.
Secured $507,000 in new grants for agriculture, habitat and education programs.
Director of Foundation Relations
Center for Health, Environment and Justice
Dec 2009 – Feb 2012
Falls Church, VA
• Managed a wide range of fundraising projects including all foundation and government grants, fundraising phone banks and launch of new monthly giving program.
• Oversaw website redesign of CHEJ’s membership and donation pages, and incorporated new online donation portal, resulting in a seven-fold increase in online giving.
• Coordinated successful 3-month $60,000 matching gift campaign.
Development and Communications Director
1000 Friends of Maryland
Jun 2007 – May 2009
• Coordinated fundraising for four events raising $80,000
• Worked with Board fundraising committee to create and implement annual fundraising plans, resulting in new forum program and major donor program
• Wrote successful grants resulting in $550,000+ in funding commitments
• Implemented new integrated advocacy and fundraising database
• Increased responses on action alerts by more than 100% in one year
Washington Area Bicyclist Association
Jun 2007 – Mar 2009
Oversaw board governance and led bi-monthly meetings for Washington’s leading bicycle advocacy organization.
Partners for Livable Communities
Sep 2005 – May 2007
Wrote two community action guides for creating livable communities for all ages.
Experience Corps DC
May 2006 – Dec 2006
Directed development program and aided in transition to a new host agency; secured three new funders (Graham Foundation, AmeriCorps / Senior Corps, National Home Library Foundation)
Director of Program Communications
Jul 2003 – Jun 2004
Managed Atlanta pedestrian advocate’s media and member relations.
• Pitched stories to print, radio, and TV, generating 30+ articles and news segments
• Organized first fundraising house party, raising $6,000
The Clean Air Campaign
2002 – Jun 2003
• Raised $236,000 in foundation and corporate grants
• Developed $100,000 cause-related marketing partnership with BP-Amoco
Oct 2000 – Oct 2002
Managed a $3.5 million grants portfolio on smart growth, transportation, and energy.
• Developed relationships with program officers and executives at leading environmental philanthropies
• Oversaw an ambitious smart growth portfolio including national policy reform and regional advocacy in Atlanta, New Mexico, and western Montana
• Interviewed 50+ subject experts in air quality, transportation policy, and land use planning
Hands On Atlanta
1999 – 2000
Co-founder and leader
Fairfax City Citizens for Smarter Growth
Jan 2013 – Present
Fairfax City Citizens for Smarter Growth is a volunteer group promoting compact, walkable, mixed-use development and transportation choices for the City of Fairfax, Virginia. www.fairfaxcitysmartergrowth.wordpress.com.
Fairfax Committee Of 100
Aug 2015 – Present
Founded in 1977, the Fairfax Committee of 100 is a non-partisan, non-profit forum for discussing local, regional, and national issues that influence Fairfax County, Northern Virginia, and the region. Its membership is drawn from the public sector, business community, and civic leaders. As Program Chair, I identify programs, recruit speakers and facilitate discussions for monthly dinner events.
Company NameSierra Club, Virginia Chapter
Dates volunteeredJan 2014 – Present
Volunteer duration3 yrs 7 mos
— Develop and lead campaigns to improve transit, walking and bicycling. See for example http://wamu.org/news/15/04/27/environmental_transit_advocates_push_back_against_plan_to_widen_i_66_outside_beltway.
— Advocate with local and state elected leaders for expanded funding for transportation alternatives
— Helped secure national grant for I-66 transit campaign in 2015. The Virginia Sierra Club was one of only five Sierra Club state chapters to receive this competitive award.
Co-Founder and Member, Board of Directors
Company NameFairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling
Dates volunteeredApr 2005 – Present
Volunteer duration12 yrs 4 mos
FABB works to make bicycling an integral part of the transportation network in Fairfax County. In 2006 FABB led a successful campaign to fund a new bicycle coordinator staff position, the development of a county-wide bicycle map and the creation of a bicycle master plan. In 2015 FABB began the process of incorporating as a 501c3 nonprofit organization and elected its first Board of Directors.