Title: Young Professionals Rising Star Panel

Presenters: Peter Leon-Guerrero, Tiffanie Purvis, and Michelle Mancini

Date: April 6, 2021

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST

Members of CGP’s Young Professionals Network share their experiences getting started in gift planning. Learn how they transitioned to the profession and how they’re developing the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. Peter Leon-Guerrero and Tiffanie Purvis are both former recipients of CGP's Rising Star Award. The CGP Rising Star Award recognizes the talent and potential of a newcomer to the field of charitable gift planning, whether as a practitioner, advisor, consultant or other. CGP national board member Michelle Mancini will introduce the CGP Young Professional Initiative and lead this panel discussion. 

This program will feature content for young professionals in gift planning, but all are welcome to attend this free event.

Peter Leon-Guerrero

Director of Planned giving, UC Davis  

Peter Leon-Guerrero is the Director of Planned Giving at UC Davis, providing central planned giving expertise to more than 25 schools and units across the main university campus and medical center. He began his gift planning career in 2012 with the American Diabetes Association, after rising through the ranks and expanding his fundraising experience as a major gift officer. He is recognized for demonstrating a natural aptitude for supporting individuals in making smart and savvy philanthropic contributions through deferred-giving programs. In addition to his personal philanthropy, Peter serves on the boards of the Planned Giving Forum of Greater Sacramento and Rotary Club of Davis. He is also an active volunteer with the Knights of Columbus and Meals on Wheels. Peter is the recipient of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners 2020 Rising Star Award. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Pennsylvania State University and is a graduate of the University of Hawaii-West Oahu.  Driven by curiosity and an enthusiastic commitment to the field, Peter became a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) in 2019. He currently resides in California with his family and enjoys cooking, hiking, and traveling.

Tiffanie Purvis

director of gift planning, university of maryland, college park

Tiffanie Purvis is the current Director of Gift Planning at the University of Maryland, College Park, joining the team in 2018. As a front-line fundraiser, she engages alumni and friends to include the University in their estate plans, using comprehensive strategy and working collaboratively with development officers campus wide. Tiffanie has been working in charitable gift planning as a front-line fundraiser for the past seven years, including for a nationally renowned social justice nonprofit. Prior to, Tiffanie was a solo practitioner in the field of Estate Planning and Landlord Tenant Law in the state of Georgia. She received her bachelor’s degree from North Carolina A&T State University and her Law Degree from Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University, where she graduated with honors from both institutions. In 2017, Tiffanie won the inaugural Rising Star Award in charitable gift planning from the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners. Tiffanie is also a member of her local gift planning council, the National Capital Gift Planning Council, which serves the Greater Washington, D.C. area. She serves on the board of the Council where she is also the Ethics Committee Chair, PG Days Conference 2020 and 2021 Marketing Track Dean and serves on the program committee. Tiffanie has spoken on charitable gift planning through webinars and other educational programming. In her free time, Tiffanie enjoys traveling to new and interesting places with her family and friends. If you know of a new adventure she should experience, let her know.

Michelle Mancini

senior director, wealth consultant, american cancer society

Michelle Mancini is the Senior Director, Wealth Consultant for the American Cancer Society.  She works out of their Global Headquarters in Atlanta but is based in Ohio and oversees charitable gift planning giving efforts in Ohio, Michigan, and Kentucky, while also serving as a consultant for the ACS planned giving team nationwide, responsible for training, mentoring, and ensuring success for the team.  She secures funding for the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving work in cancer research, patient programing, prevention, early detection, and advocacy.  She joined the ACS in 2005 and has spent much of her career in public health and non-profit work.  She has been the recipient of numerous ACS national awards, including induction into the CEO Club. Prior to joining the American Cancer Society, Michelle was the Campaign Coordinator for the Cincinnati Clean Indoor Air Coalition.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Greater Cincinnati Planned Giving Council and served as President of the Board.  In addition, she is a Board Member of the Xavier University Women of Excellence Council and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network.  Michelle graduated cum laude from Xavier University with a BA in Political Science and a Minor in Business Administration and is currently in graduate school pursuing her Master of Global Health degree.  Michelle is an avid world traveler and is passionate about her work at the American Cancer Society and feels humbled and grateful to be a part of the team working for a world without cancer.


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Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - 02:00