Where would many organizations, nonprofits or schools be without development directors? Practically non-existent. They are the backbones of many of these places, spending most of their time implementing numerous community outreach initiatives while tirelessly seeking donations, grants and contributions, all areas that Autumn Rose McMahon has succeeded and surpassed as director of development for the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education at the University of Oklahoma. During her tenure there, she has not only increased grant opportunities and nurtured individual donor relationships and patronage but also crafted and worked a plan to expand social media avenues in her quest to further build community outreach.
But McMahon is not content to rest on her laurels; she currently is pursuing her master’s of education in adult and higher education with an emphasis in higher education administration at OU. If this wasn’t enough to fill her schedule, she also makes it a personal priority to serve the Norman community in any way she can, be it by serving on various boards; service to her church; or, most notably, as an adviser for high school students involved with the Norman Chamber of Commerce’s Tomorrow’s Leaders program and the United Way of Central Oklahoma’s Teen Advisors of Norman. With her persistence and tutelage, it’s almost guaranteed the kids she mentors will become the next generation of Forty Under 40 honorees.