Please welcome CFI’s new Development Director Connie Skingel

February 6, 2020

Our mission to advance reason and science has perhaps never been more critical, as we face unprecedented assaults on secular government, evidence-based medicine, and basic facts. To carry on this fight, the Center for Inquiry relies on the support of people like you, and we need dedicated and talented professionals to secure the resources we need to affect change.

That’s why we are excited to introduce the newest member of our team, CFI’s new Director of Development, Connie Skingel.

“We could not be more thrilled that Connie has joined CFI,” said Robyn Blumner, president and CEO of the Center for Inquiry. “She brings with her a tremendous depth of development experience as well as an abiding commitment to the cause we serve. I have no doubt that under Connie’s leadership CFI will grow and flourish.”

Connie comes to us from her previous position as development director for the Cleveland Institute of Music, one of only seven independent music conservatoires in the nation. There, she was responsible for the oversight of its $2.8 million annual fund, a $40 million endowment campaign, cultivating leadership gifts, empowering volunteer leadership, and oversight for the Institute’s Centennial celebration.

“I’m inspired by the Center for Inquiry’s mission,” Connie told us. “The level of commitment I see from staff, volunteers, donors, and members gives me great hope for the future. I’m honored to be here, serving the CFI community and its mission.”

A candidate for a Doctor of Philosophy in Global Leadership at Indiana Institute of Technology, Connie holds a master’s degree in Communication and Leadership from Gonzaga University and a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Hiram College.

Connie has also served the Veale Foundation as Interim Executive Director where she was responsible for management and oversight of $150 million in philanthropic assets, including grant making, program development, investment tracking, and personnel management. She also worked at Oberlin College & Conservatory as Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving where her team achieved record fundraising results each year of her tenure.

She and her four children reside in Cleveland, Ohio, with their two dogs—a Bernese Mountain Dog named Jasper, and a Golden Retriever named Willow.

All of us at the Center for Inquiry are delighted to have Connie on board. Help us extend her a warm welcome by showing your support for CFI today.

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The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is a nonprofit educational, advocacy, and research organization headquartered in Amherst, New York, with executive offices in Washington, D.C. It is also home to the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and the Council for Secular Humanism. The Center for Inquiry strives to foster a secular society based on reason, science, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Visit CFI on the web at