Shay Upadhyay

Senior Client Service Associate

Pronouns: she/her/hers
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“Life is short, and it is up to you to make it sweet.”

– Sarah Louise Delany

Shay Upadhyay is a creative thinker, problem-solver, and collaborator. Shay joined Alford Group in 2022 as a Client Service Associate and has worked with a myriad of clients to achieve their unique goals. Prior to joining Alford Group, Shay consulted for various nonprofit organizations in the domestic violence prevention and reproductive rights and health space, including The Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Pro-Choice Maryland, and Pro-Choice Virginia.

Shay has a breadth of consulting experience with a special interest in university fundraising and capital campaigns. She brings strong project management experience and is skilled in applying a rigorous, analytical approach to client situations to identify solutions that are grounded in evidence and experience. Shay enjoys staying up to date on trends in the nonprofit sector and adopting leading practices, products, and tools to inform and improve clients’ work. She has also worked with development teams of all sizes to establish long-range goals and objectives that reflect the priorities of the organization.

Shay graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington with a BSPA in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, a minor in Social Welfare Advocacy, and a certificate in Political and Civic Engagement.

Shay is a dedicated member of the Chicago philanthropic community with her involvement on the Chicago Women in Philanthropy (CWIP) Membership Committee and the Chicago Council on Planned Giving (CCPG) Program Committee. She is a mentee in the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Peer Mentoring Program and Women’s Leadership Mentoring Program (WLMP) through CWIP. She is also a Board Member on the Indiana University Alumni Association (IUAA) Board.

Fun Fact: In her free time, Shay loves to spend time at the lake, teach chess lessons, do hot yoga, and listen to the Armchair Expert podcast series.

Select Clients:

  • American Library Association
  • Amnesty International USA
  • Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
  • Cubs Charities
  • Food Bank of the Rockies
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Southern University System Foundation
  • Women Employed

Education & Credentials:

  • BSPA, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Indiana University-Bloomington