VENICE, Fla. — Rafael Robles recently joined the Loveland Center (LovelandCenter.org), a nonprofit that provides educational, vocational and residential services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as its chief development officer.
Robles brings a multicultural, customer-centric approach to the Loveland Center with more than 20 years of experience in higher education and fundraising. In this senior leadership role, Robles will support the Loveland Center’s strategic philanthropic objectives. He will oversee existing fundraising operations, grow individual, corporate and foundation revenue and build a giving culture across the organization.
“We’re excited to add Rafael to the Loveland Center team,” said Daniela Koci, president and CEO of the Loveland Center. “With his background and experience, Rafael will be an asset to advancing the Loveland Center’s mission and helping to secure the resources necessary for our continued growth and success.”
Prior to joining Loveland Center, he served as a philanthropy officer at Tidewell Hospice in Sarasota and a major gifts officer for the College of Engineering at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. His tenure at Miami included posts as a corporate liaison, administrator and educator.
Robles holds a bachelor’s degrees in comparative literature from Columbia University in New York and French studies from Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. He also completed postgraduate work in executive leadership at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business in Charlottesville, Va.
Robles has lectured on U.S. business acumen and higher education in Latin America, Asia and Europe, and he is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).
About Loveland Center
Established in 1962, the Loveland Center strives to help adults with developmental disabilities live their lives to the fullest. The nonprofit was founded by a group of parents who sought to provide a productive and safe place for adults with developmental disabilities. Loveland Center provides educational programs and vocational training for individuals with developmental disabilities. For more information, visit www.LovelandCenter.org or call 941.493.0016.