The Pepperdine University School of Law community welcomed its newest member in January. Carol Lindamood Harlow will serve as the assistant vice-chancellor, partnering with the university's advancement team in fundraising efforts.
A native of Illinois, Harlow took on the position with more than 15 years experience in fundraising for non-profit organizations. Her most recent role was as the chief development officer for the National Museum of the United States Army in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, Harlow was the senior associate director of major gifts and capital projects at the Washington University in St. Louis. She also served with Sen. Bob Dole as director of state programs and deputy director of veteran programs at the National World War II Memorial Capital Campaign in which more than $170 million was raised to honor "The Greatest Generation." Harlow has also worked as a fundraiser and legislative assistant to U.S. Congressman Jerry Weller.
"One of the most rewarding parts of this kind of work is meeting the people you are helping," Harlow said, specifically noting the emotional connection she gained with the World War II veterans she has interviewed over the years.
Though new to the Malibu community, Harlow was welcomed with open arms to family members and friends that live in the area. Her husband, Richard, is a native of Malibu. His parents John and Emily Harlow were both active members in the community. John served as a member of the Malibu City Council for six terms and as mayor for one. He was awarded the Citizen of the Year Dolphin Award in 1998.
"Every time I'd pass by the Pepperdine campus, I thought to myself 'that would be a great place to work,'" Harlow said. "The people I met when I came on campus sold me on the job."
Harlow's goals in her new role include building on scholarship funds, and strengthening fundraising campaigns associated with faculty and renovations. But her biggest goal is connecting with alumni.
"I want to engage those not involved," she said. "Help them to feel attached again. And I want to get to know those who are involved and keep them coming back."