Research Fellow, The Tzedakah Lab, Teachers College, Columbia University
Associate Editor, Philanthropy & Education
Senior Project Manager, Office of the Provost, University of Denver
Chase D. McNamee (he/him), Ed.D. is a higher education scholar-practitioner and current research fellow for The Tzedakah Lab. He is also an Associate Editor for Philanthropy & Education (Indiana University Press). He earned his doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University in Higher & Postsecondary Education, working closely with Professor Noah D. Drezner, his doctoral advisor. Chase’s research focuses on evidence-informed practice and policy in institutional advancement and identity-based philanthropy in higher education. His research centers institutional advancement in two critical ways: to increase awareness of how advancement practitioners can engage their alumni in more inclusive and equitable ways; and to better understand advancement practice to ensure organizational longevity for colleges and universities.
Chase has carried out a number of research studies and scholarly works. His most recent work includes “Breaking Stereotypes About Alumni Donors: Who Gives First? A Discrete-Time Hazard Model” in The Journal of Higher Education and his dissertation entitled “Evidence-Informed Institutional Advancement: An Organizational Understanding.”
In addition to his research and scholarship, Chase has served in a variety of roles in higher education and as a practitioner and leader in institutional advancement and higher education. He has practiced in alumni relations, donor relations & stewardship, fundraising, development strategy, and gift processing and management. His most recent role was Director of Alumni Relations at Bank Street College of Education. Chase was selected as CASE Advancement Intern, where he practiced at the University of Houston in the Data and Analytics department. He collected and compiled data for an institutional report on engagement scoring to be presented to leadership and staff members from data and analytics, alumni relations, and fundraising about data points for alumni affinity score at the institution. He also consults with Alumni Belonging Consultants, a fellow group of scholar-practitioners focused on belonging, justice, and liberation in institutional advancement.
In the field of higher education, he has worked in admissions, student affairs, residence life, counseling and dean of students work, and academic advising. He currently works full-time as a Senior Project Manager in the Office of the Provost at the University of Denver. Chase works closely with the Provost and the Chancellor’s Office, where he manages special projects, processes for the DU Impact 2025 Strategic Plan projects, and the Community + Values initiative, an initiative aimed at increasing the sense of belonging and community at the institution.
He completed both his Bachelor’s Degree in History in 2013 and his Master’s Degree in Counseling with a Mental Health emphasis in 2015 at the University of Wyoming (UW) in Laramie, WY. Chase actively gives to his alma maters, CASE, and non-profit organizations focused on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Some of these include the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Black Trans Advocacy Coalition, Athlete Ally, the New York Public Library Food Bank for NYC, Wyoming Equality, and Colorado Public Radio.