In 1986, Perry and Margy-Ruth Davis set out to empower non-profits by bringing social awareness into fundraising. That was 25 years before “cross platform” meant anything other than switching subway trains. Today, their mission continues: to bring agents of social change the tools and funds they need for the services that improve our world.
The Perry Davis Associates team is driven by dedicated Account Executives and talented support staff. Each Account Executive manages projects from start to finish, handling every element with care and thoroughness. Our support staff are on hand to execute the communications strategies you develop, to manage your headquarters administration, and to assist in events production.
Perry Davis has served in key positions in government, education, and the private sector. As the New York City Partnership’s Vice President for Economic Development, he directed the completion of the Partnership’s strategic plan and its new project selection process, and developed its first program-related budget of $8 million. Prior to joining the Partnership, Mr. Davis was the Director of Funded Programs for the New York City Board of Education, where he raised $350 million annually. Mr. Davis, who holds a doctorate in Government and Administration from Columbia University, has also served as an Assistant to the Mayor of New York City. He is the editor and a contributing author of a book on public-private partnerships published by the Academy of Political Science and has served as guest speaker at conferences sponsored by the White House, the International Downtown Association, and various corporations.
Margy-Ruth Davis is the founder and chair of Perry Davis Associates. Founded in 1986, Perry Davis Associates specializes in fundraising, board development and strategic planning. Ms. Davis formerly served as Executive Director of the Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry. In that capacity she organized the Solidarity Sunday marches; over 250,000 joined the marches each year. Ms. Davis was also the Associate Director of the Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center, where she established the Development Department; created an ongoing program of foundation support and corporate
membership; and oversaw all aspects of board and donor relations. She currently heads the PDA strategic development program and supervises the communications and outreach strategy for a number of top clients.
Tiffany Stirnimann Parnes joined PDA in 2015 from a top-tier global travel consultancy specializing in destination events. She is thrilled to be contributing her high-touch customer relations and account management experience to the PDA team and client base. Moving between the US and Switzerland throughout her life, Tiffany applies her passion for international cultural exchange and communications to the fundraising world. Tiffany is a graduate of New York University’s College of Arts and Sciences with a Bachelor Degree in Art History and a minor in German Literature. At PDA, Tiffany specializes in capital campaigns.
Rebecca Spilke joined PDA in 2018 as a Senior Account Executive. She is thrilled to be part of the team and bring her experience in non-profit consulting, strategic planning, grant management and fundraising to PDA clients. Rebecca is a graduate of the Wagner-Skirball dual-degree program at NYU where she earned both an MPA in non-profit management and an MA in Judaic Studies.
Heli Munshi joined PDA in 2018 after working as a Tax Consultant with Deloitte Tax LLP in New York City. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a B.A. in Accounting. From an early age, Heli has volunteered and worked extensively with many non-profits and continues to do so today. She hopes to bring to PDA her passion for improving and growing the non-profit sector and looks forward to helping her clients overcome their fundraising challenges!
Venika Menon is responsible for funder prospect research, preparing grant proposals and fundraising solicitations, generating funder acknowledgments and providing general support. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a focus on Public Policy and Gender Studies. As a student, she interned at the International Rescue Committee, PEN America, OneWorld Foundation India, and a French non-profit consultancy in Paris. She is excited to pull from her diverse experience to add to the PDA team!
Tamar Feld is the Controller and Director of Human Resources at Perry Davis Associates. She oversees the financial reporting obligations for PDA, manages client administrative services for our in-house non-profits and handles all Charity registrations with the AG’s office. Additionally, Tamar works alongside our Account Executives assisting them on Fundraising Events. Tamar earned a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and Computer Design from Brooklyn College and utilizes her creativity in all aspects of her work.
Lily Meyer is PDA’s IT and digital media specialist. She manages online communications, brand development, data and systems, and technology transition services for variety of clients. Lily helps PDA clients maximize their online efforts through training, website upgrades, data management, and social media strategy. She contributes to PDA’s R&D for the latest tools in non-profit marketing and fundraising. Lily also handles in-house IT, produces the PDA newsletter, assists with proposal writing and is a contributing copy writer/editor for client materials. Have a tech question? Ask her!
Howard Hirt is an auxiliary member of the PDA team, providing research and administrative assistance for current clients. He comes to Perry Davis after a career in Incentive Marketing. Howard was a Senior Account Executive at Carlson Marketing based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is a graduate of Yeshiva University, majoring in Political Science.
Ebony Scott worked in the Charities Department of the New York State Attorney General’s office for four years as an Executive Assistant prior to joining the PDA team. Ebony also worked for two years as an Account Executive at Clover Leaf Memorial Park, where she was responsible for a total of $105,000 in new sales. Ebony is currently working towards her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at Touro College.