Vanguard Public Affairs is announcing the hire of respected development professional Ann Marie Stafford as the company continues its growth in the Michigan marketplace.
Stafford, who joins Vanguard as the company’s Vice President of Development, has 25 years of experience in fundraising; grant writing, and corporate and non-profit giving strategies. For clients with aspirational goals that require financial and development resources, Stafford’s experience makes the impossible possible. Her work with Vanguard will be apolitical, focused solely on non-profit, corporate, and philanthropic issues.
“When you think about hiring a fundraiser for a non-profit or philanthropic cause, Ann Marie Stafford is generally at the top of your wish list of qualified professionals who can get the job done,” said Vanguard Public Affairs President and CEO TJ Bucholz. “We are thrilled Ann Marie has chosen to continue her expert work with us and she will be an asset to those who have a vision but require resources to make it a reality.”
Before joining Vanguard, Stafford worked for the Republican National Committee as Deputy Director for Intraparty Development, Appointments Director for Governor John Engler, and as Public Affairs Director for Secretaries of State Terri Lynn Land and Ruth Johnson.
“I’m delighted to join a group of talented, energetic individuals who really want to make the world a better place,” Stafford said. “As a group, our collective expertise in a wide array of areas makes Vanguard Public Affairs a premiere choice for current and prospective clients. I’m looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting to work.”
Stafford also has served as chief fundraiser for the American Heart Association - Michigan, R-PAC Director for the Michigan Association of Realtors, and Vice President of Development for Holy Cross Services. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Kalamazoo College.
Vanguard is a full-service public affairs firm with a workforce of 12 practitioners, specializing in strategic communications, fundraising, media relations, message development, public affairs, crisis communications, and digital media. It currently represents 18 clients in four states ranging from education, municipal government, financial services, energy, law firms, consumer products, transportation, and campaigns and elections.