Director of Development, ACLU of Texas Cheryl Newcomb has been in the development field for 15 years. She served as the Director of Development for the ACLU of Texas since June 2010 before becoming Deputy Director. Since joining the ACLU, Cheryl has focused on soliciting major gifts and cultivating potential major gift donors, as well as identifying strategic grant opportunities. Prior to joining the ACLU of Texas, Cheryl was the Director of Development for Capital IDEA, a local non-profit providing career education and training for low-income adults. During her tenure, Capital IDEA’s fund raising revenues nearly doubled through outreach and solicitation of individual gifts to supplement the organization’s strong grant-writing program. Before moving to Austin in 2006, Cheryl served as the Director of Major Gifts for Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, the flagship institution of the Advocate Health Care Network in Chicago. Cheryl and her team were responsible for an annual fund raising goal of $8 million, the majority of which was secured through major and planned giving initiatives. Cheryl has also served as Assistant Director of Development for the University of Illinois School of Music, Development Manager for an AmeriCorps project in Houston, and began her career in development at the Children’s Museum of Houston.