Meet the Team

Laura Alexander, MA, CFRE
Partner and Consultant | 520.405.6145

Consultant, Executive Director, Development Director, Program Director, Board member and volunteer. You name it and, over a 22-year career, Laura has worked in just about every non-profit capacity. That experience—and the unique perspective that comes with it—is the cornerstone of her consulting practice. Laura’s clients know that she gets where they’re coming from—their strategic challenges, organizational issues and development goals—and is dedicated to their success. She asks the important questions, and listens well, to give her clients the best advice, determine the best strategies, and find the best solutions.

Before starting Alexander | Carrillo Consulting with Jenny Carrillo in 2010, Laura ran her own consulting firm for three years. Her extensive experience in non-profit management includes: Executive Director of the Birth & Women’s Health Center (5 years); Development Director at the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona (3 years); and Executive Director of Domestic Abuse Intervention Services in Madison, WI (5 years). She also held positions at Native Seeds/SEARCH and Wingspan Domestic Violence Project, both in Tucson, and comes from a long history of programming and fundraising in the area of domestic violence.

Laura holds a Master of Arts in Philanthropy & Development from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. She is also a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), completing the highly respected certification process and demonstrating proficiency of professional practice, performance, education, service and commitment to ethical fundraising. Along with Jenny, Laura is a Certified Governance Trainer (CGT) by BoardSource. Laura has completed the Master Trainer program of the international Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the 42-hour Basic Mediation Training of the Center for Community Dialogue, a program of Our Family Services.

Laura has served as President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Southern Arizona Chapter, which also recognized her work in 2012 by naming her Outstanding Fundraising Professional of the Year. She serves the community as a volunteer for Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF), a board member for the YWCA of Southern Arizona, a member of the Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, and a volunteer for both the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Planned Giving Roundtable. In 2017, she was honored with the Dr. Jean Baker Community Ally Award by Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation for her work in the LGBT community. In her spare time, Laura enjoys yoga classes and a vast menagerie of pets with her husband Fabian Alfie, a University of Arizona Professor, and their daughter Cecilia.

Jenny Carrillo, MA, CFRE
Partner and Consultant | 520.907.7833

When it comes to fund development, non-profit governance, and strategic planning, Jenny Carrillo is a one-women wellspring of insight, knowledge and enthusiasm. With 24 years of non-profit experience, there is perhaps no one more capable at getting right to the core issues, assessing strengths and limitations, identifying challenges and opportunities, and integrating everything into a coherent—and do-able!—plan. Clients value her integrity, forthrightness and fervent support. And with that silver-bullet combination so prized in the non-profit world—a keen intellect and a big heart—Jenny offers solid and perceptive advice to help her clients grow, perform and exceed their expectations.

Jenny worked for seven years as an independent consultant before she founded Alexander | Carrillo Consulting with Laura Alexander. Her consulting practice, Beyond Fundraising, says it all. Her prior work included extensive experience in developing and executing effective fundraising plans as well as grant writing and public relations in the following jobs: Director of Development for the Arizona’s Children Association (4 years), Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson (2 years), and the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation/Shanti Foundation, Tucson (3 years) as well as public relations positions at Up with People in Denver, CO, and Youth Service America in Washington, DC.

Jenny holds a Master of Arts in Philanthropy & Development from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. She is also a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), completing the highly respected certification process and demonstrating proficiency of professional practice, performance, education, service and commitment to ethical fundraising. Jenny has served as the President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Southern Arizona Chapter (2005), and was a board member for more than 9 years. In 2006, she was honored as AFP’s Outstanding Fundraising Professional of the Year. Along with Laura, Jenny is a Certified Governance Trainer (CGT) through BoardSource. She is also serves on the Interfaith Community Services (ICS) Community Advisory Committee, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ben’s Bells Project, and a board member for the Amphi Public Schools Foundation. Her husband, Leo Carrillo, is a 5th-generation Tucsonan with deep roots in the community, and they have two daughters, Quincy and Carson.

Lisa Robinson

Lisa Robinson has dedicated her professional career to working with non-profits in the Tucson community. Her work has been instrumental in the development of effective fundraising plans for non-profit organizations, including grant writing, corporate partnerships, and individual gifts. Lisa’s knowledge offers the unique perspective and experience of working in non-profit programming and fundraising, which has refined her skills to develop strategies, processes and goals for the success of her clients.

Prior to joining Alexander|Carrillo, Lisa has worked as both an executive director and director of development. As executive director of the Petfinder Foundation, she led and managed a team with integrity and respect. From developing strong human resource policies and building a development program to following best practices in financial management and board governance she increased effectiveness and efficiency to help the organization succeed. In her role as director of development at Tu Nidito, Lisa implemented and led a development program that resulted in 13%+ revenue increase over budget, created and maintained a major gifts program, built strong board relationships, and executed a robust communications plan.

Lisa has a bachelor’s degree in Art Education from the University of Arizona and has completed nonprofit and leadership course with the Eller College of Management and Lodestar Center for Nonprofit Excellence. Lisa has presented on Fundraising Foundations at the National Alliance for Grieving Children. Active with the Southern Arizona chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals for many years, Lisa currently serves as President. Her husband, Mark Robinson was born and raised in Tucson and works in a leadership role at World View. Together they have two daughters, Rylie Jo and Harper, and live in Vail.

Eduardo Aguirre
Social Media Manager

Eduardo is the founder of EDUMEDIA, LLC, a social media marketing and consulting firm working in partnership with Alexander | Carrillo Consulting. He has worked as a community manager for social networks and online communities, as well as offering English-Spanish translation services and e-mail marketing campaigns since 2008.

Eduardo is passionate about social media and the networking power that it holds to connect people. He offers social media consulting and management to nonprofits, entrepreneurs, small businesses, and large companies. Eduardo serves as a megaphone for your mission by promoting fundraising campaigns, online community organizing, and constituency development.

In addition to managing social media for Alexander | Carrillo Consulting, Eduardo has worked with Tucson Meet Yourself, Up with People, Strike Out Stroke, and Moon Moosic, as well as Alexander | Carrillo Consulting clients, including Kino Border Initiative (KBI) and Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona (CCS).

Jessica Castillo
Graphic Designer

Jessica Castillo is the graphic design partner for Alexander|Carrillo Consulting and has worked with their clients since the beginning of 2010. “Jessica is one of the best designers I’ve worked with. She gets it right the first time and really understands how graphic design supports fund development.” says Laura Alexander.
Jessica has a bachelor’s degree in Visual Communications at the University of California at Davis. After five years at the printing company, AlphaGraphics in Tucson, Jessica has been designing for local non-profits since 2008. Including managing the direct mail fundraising program at the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Jessica also designs websites for a woman-owned company, Single Focus Web. She specializes in using the design process to help nonprofits and change-makers. Offering design services for brochures, annual reports, newsletters, infographics, logos, branding, direct mail, invitations, event graphics, illustration, websites … you name it!
Jessica has worked with Casa de los Ninos, Community Investment Corporation, El Grupo, Tucson Waldorf School, Live Theater Workshop, Emerge, Tucson Water, and small businesses all over Southern Arizona. Jessica balances her day job with personal creative work, including natural science illustration. See her portfolio here


“The remarkable duo of Alexander | Carrillo’s principals, Laura Alexander and Jenny Carrillo, are an integral part of Tucson’s fundraising community. They set the bar for integrity for our nonprofit community – and then through their instruction, through their counsel, and through their example, they help me and my colleagues to meet it.”

– Lana Baldwin, Pima Council on Aging