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Poul Olson
Communications Strategist and Nonprofit Fundraiser

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Poul has more than 25 years of senior-level communications and development experience in the public health, nonprofit, social service, and academic sectors.

He has managed comprehensive development portfolios totaling more than $20 million in annual revenue including government, foundation, and corporate grants and sponsorships; direct mail and major gifts; and special events.

At the Atlanta-based Task Force for Global Health, Poul led a successful $13.6-million capital campaign and oversaw the organization’s successful nomination for the 2016 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, the world’s largest award of its kind at $2 million.

Poul also previously served as vice president at Ogilvy Public Relations where he provided senior-level policy communications support to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Poul has held communications roles at top-tier institutions of higher education where he specialized in science and research communications. He began his career in university relations at the College of William and Mary where he transformed the institution’s internal tabloid newspaper into a nationally award-winning publication.

Poul holds a master of science degree in strategic communications from Columbia University, a certified fundraising executive credential (CFRE), and a bachelor of arts degree in history from the University of Virginia. He has also completed course work in the Nonprofit Management Program at Columbia University.

In his free time, Poul enjoys hot yoga, cycling, and spending time with his dog Hudson. He is also a long-distance hiker and has completed more than 700 miles of the Appalachian Trail.

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