Association House is proud to announce the addition of a Lillian Bui as our new Development Director.

As Director, Lillian will lead the direction of Development Department in marketing, fundraising, donor relations, grants and more. Lillian is an award-winning fundraiser and Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), who brings experience from both large and small non-profits.

Shortly after her joining the Association House team, Lillian detailed her prior experiences and what she hopes to bring to Association House.

What college did you go to?
​I earned my Associate’s Degree from Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and then completed my college education with a Bachelor of Arts in History at Lake Forest College.

Where were you before now? How long?
I served as the Director of Giving & Resource Development for the Pueblo Zoo in Pueblo, Colorado for the past five years. I also had the pleasure of volunteering on the Advancement Committee for Catholic Charities Diocese of Pueblo and in direct service through the Laundry Love program providing free laundry to homeless and individuals in need.

What developed your interest in nonprofits?
My mother is a social worker, so I’ve seen the economic, educational, and racial disparities present in our society from a young age. I’ve always felt called to dedicate my life to building a more just and equitable society, so working in nonprofits was a natural fit. As a fundraiser, I get to know a lot about what’s on the hearts of our donors, and I’m able to connect them to needs where they can make a difference. That’s extraordinarily gratifying.

What originally drew you to Association House?
Association House has a long history of meeting the most urgent needs of people in this community, and with the leadership of staff and Juan Carlos, they also have a bold vision for the future. I’m excited to be a part of that.

What is one of your favorite facts that you have learned about Association House since you began? ​
I’m a data nerd, and I also want to make sure that I can tell donors that they’re investing in programs that work, so I’ve loved learned about all the work our Performance and Quality Improvement team does to ensure we’re performing at the highest level.

What do you hope to bring to Association House in your new role?
As the new Development Director one of my first priorities is advancing our marketing to better meet the needs of our donors, program staff, and participants. More philosophically, I always want to be listening, and I am always ready to try something new, so I’m sure many of our donors will be hearing from me over the course of the next year as we work to meet the very real resource needs of the children and families we serve while also striving to better meet the needs of our donors.