James Werner

James Werner Chief Strategy Officer
Vanderbilt University, BA
University of California, Los Angeles, MA

With a focus on advancement, James has been working in Education Technology from his days as a graduate student at UCLA. Serving in a leadership capacity with EdTech firms of all sizes, James has helped hundreds of institutions select and implement world-class systems, while measurably improving performance across all of their business units.

My Blogs

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First CEO Address to the Affinaquest User Group

In 1997, for the first time in history, a computer beat a grand master at the game of chess. IBM’s Deep Blue faced off…

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interview
An Interview with Jeff Shy

James Werner: Jeff, everyone in the advancement industry seems to know you. For any new-comers who may not…what’s the reason for your prominence? Jeff…

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Product
What the heck is an “iBOB”??

Affinaquest shares your pain. Like you, we’ve been pondering the advantages of “best of breed” vs. “integrated systems” for the past 25 years.  And now…we…

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Georgetown Wins Again!

What did Georgetown University do when they wanted to shed a legacy, on-premise Advancement system, increase fund raising by 100%, and meaningfully increase alumni…

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Salesforce and AQ refresh their ISV Agreement!

The Affinquest team is thrilled to announce to the advancement community that as of February 1, 2019, we have transitioned from our legacy ISV…

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Technology
5 Generations of Donors: How to Engage with your Diverse Donor Base

Imagine you go to your favorite restaurant and your favorite server is there. He greets you by name, knows that you don’t want onions…

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Technology
New Methods of Increasing Personalization in Advancement

Books, movies, music, and purchase recommendations of all kinds show up in our inboxes via “things you might like based on past history.” Combine…

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Technology
Engaging Your Global Alumni

While technology has made it easier to communicate with alumni, it hasn’t necessarily made it easier to engage alumni. There is, of course, a…

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Within the Advancement Offices: Independent Schools vs. Higher Ed Institutions

Advancement offices are not just mainstays at universities, the office responsible for fundraising money for capital campaigns, day-to-day expenses, and endowments, among other initiatives,…

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Release 15: Future-Proofing Affinaquest

Affinaquest is proud to announce new features as part of our 15th release. You’ll see a few highlights below and you can find a…

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