Committed to fostering social justice and creating opportunities for underserved populations, Arielle Altman joined the National Urban Fellows with seven years of experience fundraising for New York City-based nonprofits that serve urban communities both locally and nationally.

Most recently, Arielle was an Associate Director of Development at Uncommon Schools, a network of K-12 charter schools that close the achievement gap and prepare low-income students for college. While in this role, she secured funds to support their ambitious growth from 15 to 20 schools across Brooklyn, and launched a multi-year capital campaign to open their first high school in upstate New York. Previously, Arielle played key roles on development teams at The Posse Foundation, Thirteen WNET, and United Healthcare Workers Training and Employment Funds.

Arielle graduated cum laude from Boston University with a Bachelor’s in Journalism and minors in Women's Studies and Art History. Throughout college, she wrote for various publications, interned at the Massachusetts State House, and was Vice President of the campus’ feminist activist group, the BU Women's Center. Since college, Arielle’s experience preparing data-driven grant proposals and reports, executing cultivation strategies with external stakeholders, and collaborating with executive leadership has given her valuable insight into how effective nonprofit programming is developed, implemented, and evaluated. She was drawn to the National Urban Fellows program to enhance her leadership skills and broaden her scope of experience in the public sector.

At her mentorship placement at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) in Washington, D.C, Arielle provided widespread support to the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards Program. Specifically, she developed an evaluation framework to measure the impact of the Engagement Awards Program which funds projects that encourage the more active integration of patients and other stakeholders in the healthcare research process. She also reviewed funding proposals to assess their alignment with the strategic goals of the Engagement Awards Program.

Arielle is honored to be part of NUF’s Class of 2015 and looks forward to a lifelong career working with nonprofits that bring positive change to the world.