Chief Development & External Relations Officer

Brandi R. Horton is a seasoned C-Suite leader with expertise in organizational advancement initiatives, development operations, and strategic internal systems development. In October 2022, she will join ICL’s executive team as Chief Development and External Affairs Officer.

In her current role, Brandi serves as Chief of Staff, Head of Operations and interim Head of Development at Children’s Health Fund. She joined Children’s Health Fund in March of 2018 as Senior Director of Individual Giving, was promoted to Associate Vice President of Individual Giving & Development Operations in 2019, and was appointed Chief of Staff & Head of Operations in 2020.

In her primary role as Chief of Staff, Brandi serves as the strategic advisor to the CEO and point of contact between top management and key organization stakeholders. Brandi is instrumental in planning and directing operational initiatives that support Children’s Health Fund’s mission to improve the health and wellbeing of children and families who live in the most marginalized communities across the United States.

Over the course of Brandi’s fifteen year tenure in nonprofit management, she has established herself as a trusted leader and partner among key stakeholders and teams established to enhance fundraising pipelines. Through effective stewardship program implementation, intentional targeted outreach, and carefully curated development activities, Brandi has engaged and cultivated ambassadors, major donors, and supporters to build long-standing relationships proven to yield a continuum of growth.

Brandi’s successful execution of strategic development initiatives made her the ideal candidate to partner with the CEO to lead, plan, and direct strategic operational objectives in alignment with CHF’s core mission and values.

Prior to joining Children’s Health Fund, Brandi held a myriad of leadership roles with esteemed like-organizations, including Young Adult Institute (YAI), Center for Anti-Violence Education (CAE), and The Edge (Formerly known as SASF), and founded her own consulting firm where she designed and implemented cutting-edge fundraising strategies.

Some of Brandi’s most notable accomplishments include closing a seven-figure gift from a lapsed donor, recruiting a national spokesperson to help an organization execute their first million-dollar gala, and reinvigorating Advisory Boards. Brandi’s passion, innovative approach, and expertise are highly respected across the industry and awarded her a special invitation to the invite-only Forbes Nonprofit Council.

Brandi holds a bachelor’s degree in applied sciences from the University of Pittsburgh and a certification in Executive leadership from Yale University, School of Management. When she is not in the office, Brandi enjoys keeping up on the latest news and trends in organizational development and spending time with friends and family.