Carolyn Rudinsky joined the Alliance in 2017, but spent years as an Adopt-a-Beach volunteer prior to joining the team as Development Coordinator. In her role, Carolyn deepens engagement with existing supporters, connects with new ones, and manages key fundraising projects for the Alliance. She coordinates the organization’s special events, builds relationships with individual and corporate donors, and brings the full force of her drive and enthusiasm to every project. Carolyn believes in the power of individuals to effect change in their communities through giving, volunteerism, storytelling, and collective action. In addition to fundraising expertise, Carolyn has experience in teaching, communications, and database, project, and volunteer management.

Prior to joining the Alliance in 2017, Carolyn was the Development and Communications Coordinator at Gads Hill Center, an education nonprofit that supports children and families on the west and southwest sides of Chicago. She has also worked as a conference producer, editor, and writing tutor. Carolyn earned her B.A. in English with a History minor at Canisius College in Buffalo. She earned an M.A. in English from DePaul University in Chicago, during which she worked as a Graduate Assistant at the DePaul University Center for Writing-based Learning. From 2013 to 2016, Carolyn was a member of the Associate Board at House of the Good Shepherd. Carolyn has been volunteering with the Alliance since 2015 and believes that access to safe drinking water is a fundamental human right. She is thrilled to use her talents in alignment with her commitment to environmental protection. In her spare time, Carolyn can be found biking, running, or reading along the shores of Lake Michigan.