Interim Director of External Affairs
Mecca Billings is the Interim Director of External Affairs at the Youth Law Center. She has worked at the highest levels of fundraising strategy and management for nearly 30 years. She began her fundraising career at her alma mater, Harvard, where she worked in the Harvard College Fund during its $2.1 billion university-wide campaign. Within the first two years of joining the Harvard College Fund team, she was promoted from an assistant, to a junior class officer and finally to a specially created frontline fundraising position to manage a $25 million capital campaign project that included a Kresge Foundation challenge grant, and identify new major donor alumni prospects living on the West Coast. Her extensive work for Harvard on the West Coast, coupled with a relentless Boston winter that included a snowstorm in April 1997, inspired her to relocate to sunny California. In 2011 she founded Billings Consulting Group, a full-service fundraising consulting firm that provided fundraising counsel to wildlife and animal welfare, environmental education, performing arts, youth empowerment, education, and documentary film nonprofit organizations. A lifelong devotee of the performing arts, she has been an avid student of Spanish flamenco dance and music for nearly two decades.
BA, Harvard University, 1992