Kimberly Conway Dumpson

  • VP for College Advancement & Executive Director of RIC Foundation

Kimberly Conway Dumpson currently serves as vice president for college advancement at Rhode Island College and interim executive director of the Rhode Island College Foundation.  In this role, she leads a team of nearly 30 dedicated professionals in advancement services, alumni relations, communications and marketing, conferences and events, development and web communications. Under her leadership, the college launched its first multimedia advertising campaign in over a decade, increased engagement among the college’s more than 65,000 alumni and will complete its website overhaul in Spring 2021. She has motivated her team to embrace an innovative “what would happen if” mindset and inspired them serve as catalyst for increasing awareness, engagement, enrollment and philanthropy by creating memorable experiences and engaging content that amplifies the college’s brand promise on campus, online and through the community.

An attorney and certified fundraising executive (CFRE) with more than 16 years of progressive leadership in higher education fundraising, she has comprehensive campaign experience ($16M) and a proven track record in the solicitation of major and planned gifts. As a direct result of cultivation, solicitation, and/or supervision, she has raised more than $10M in philanthropic gifts of cash and assets to support student scholarships, academic program enhancements and special initiatives. 

She is an effective communicator with an authentic and approachable leadership style, who creates strategic alliances and relationships across a broad spectrum of stakeholders. She is a passionate advocate devoted to issues of educational access and affordability for those from diverse racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.

Never one to forget where she came from, she is a researcher of African-American history and a gifted storyteller with a passion for service.

A Maryland native, she earned her undergraduate degree from Towson State University, and a juris doctor degree from Ohio Northern University. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Theta Psi Omega Chapter (Providence), the Greater Providence Rhode Island Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and the Providence Rotary Club.  She is the mother of two children, Taylor and Jeffrey, II.

Her purpose-driven personal mission statement is “to use each day to renew myself, provide boundless love to my family and be of selfless service to my community, using my talent, time and resources to the best of my ability.”


Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) | CFRE International | Initial Certification: 2008 | Recertified through 2023

Juris Doctorate | Ohio Northern University | Ada, OH | May 1994
Admitted to Maryland Bar: 1995; Attorney Number: 9506210114, Status: Active

Bachelor’s Degree | Towson State University | Towson, MD | September 1990

Professional Associations

Certified Fundraising Executive, CFRE International, Inc.

Protégé, Millennium Leadership Institute, American Association of State

Colleges and Universities (2015-2016)

Charter member, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, UMES Chapter, 2010

Member, Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), 2006-


Member, National Association of Collegiate Women Administrators in Athletics

(NACWAA), 2010-2013

Member, National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD),

2011-2013, 2021

Member, Wicomico County Bar Association, 2004-2005, 2011

Graduate, Associated Black Charities Leaders 2000 Plus Program, 2001

Selected Publications

“In the Shadow of Death: A Guide to Estate Planning for the Client with AIDS,” The Journal of Pharmacy and Law, Vol. 3, No. 1, (1994)

“Environmental Equity: Sharing the Burden,” Environmental Law Newsletter, Vol. 1, No. 2, (1993)

Civic Engagement

Member, Touro Synagogue Foundation Board of Directors (2020-present)

Member, Providence Rotary Club (2018-present), Membership Committee

Member, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Theta Psi Omega Chapter

(Providence, RI) (2018-present)

Member, Greater Providence Rhode Island Chapter of The Links, Incorporated


Board Member, United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore, 2015-2018, 2004-2007

Board Member, Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce, 2014-2016 (Member,

Education Subcommittee, 2014-2017)

Member, Salisbury Rotary Club, 2011-2018

Member, Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission for Commission District

One- for Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties (Gubernatorial

Appointment, Governor Martin O-Malley), 2011-2015

Member, Wicomico County Executive’s Task Force Committee, 2011-2012