Dawn E. Koenning
     Chief Development Officer of University Advancement
     University of St. Thomas 
     Board Member




With more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, Dawn brings a passion for service and a commitment to philanthropy.  Serving the University of St. Thomas as Chief Development Officer, Dawn leads a team dedicated to ethical fundraising and best practices while collaborating across campus and the community to support the only Catholic university in the area. As the founder and President of Clarity Consultants, LLC, she provided strategic consulting services to a broad range of clients based upon her extensive experience with major gift fundraising, capital campaign strategy, and relationship management.  Dawn previously has worked as a consultant with Dini Spheris and served as a Director of Development at Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, and as a traveling Major Gift Officer at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.


Dawn is actively engaged in the Houston philanthropic community as a board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Houston Chapter since 2004.  She served as the 2007 and 2014 Chair of the annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon and eventually went on to serve as the President of the Greater Houston Chapter of AFP in 2017.  She continues to be extremely active with the organization, having developed a strong network of professional peers and friends.


Dawn graduated from Texas A&M University where she majored in Political Science and minored in Public Relations.  Always one to stay active and fully immerse herself, she enjoyed the opportunity to pursue her passion for World War II history by studying abroad with the James Earl Rudder Normandy Program in France.


Aside from her volunteer commitments across Houston, Dawn enjoys spending her free time with her two sons.