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Abby Southwell

Technology & Data Director


Abby Southwell joined NEFA in March 2017 as the Salesforce and IT Administrator. Since joining NEFA, Abby’s portfolio has expanded, and she was promoted to the role of Technology & Data Manager in September 2018, and then Technology & Data Director in late 2019. Prior to joining NEFA, Abby served as a graduate academic technologist at Harvard Business School, collaborating with faculty and technical staff, and designing tools for in-class learning. As an independent consultant, Abby has migrated data and customized Salesforce databases for both nonprofits and higher education. Born and raised in Cambridge, MA, Abby holds a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College and a Masters of Business Administration in public and nonprofit management from Boston University. Abby resides in Arlington, MA.

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