Biography at a Glance
Aimee Mandolini is the epitome of passion and drive. The Chicago native is a self-described candy connoisseur, a former linebacker for a competitive football team, and a distinguished development professional with experience in individual, foundation, and corporate fundraising. Aimee joined the University of Denver’s Advancement and Alumni Engagement team in 2013, and she has been instrumental in engaging a growing number of alumni and friends. Her efforts have contributed to exponential growth and dollars raised for the Daniels College of Business and the Department of Athletics and Recreation.
In her current position as executive director of development for the Daniels College, Aimee has oversight of the College’s fundraising activities and a team who serve the interests of the dean, students, faculty and staff. Since her arrival on campus, Aimee has been recognized as an enthusiastic leader who has a strong passion for strengthening communities and the field of education. Prior to joining DU, she was responsible for creating the strategy and implementation of the annual giving program at the Illinois Network of Charter Schools in Chicago.
“My role at the University of Denver allows me to build meaningful relationships with alumni, donors and families who share a deep commitment toward transforming education. You will often hear me say that I have the best job in the entire world. I have the unique opportunity to connect those that want to change the world with those that can.”
Aimee holds a degree in organizational leadership from DePaul University and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). A strong advocate for LGBTQ and human rights, Aimee has volunteered for various nonprofit boards including the United Way, the Human Rights Campaign and DePaul University’s alumni board in Chicago. She currently serves on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee at the Daniels College of Business and volunteers at Camp Sunshine in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for persons with developmental disabilities.
Aimee and her wife, Lindsey, live in Denver and enjoy traveling, cooking and discovering new restaurants, running, and water and snow sports.