Our Team


Our consultants have decades of experience as vice presidents and in other senior development positions in a variety of educational institutions and nonprofit organizations. That professional experience enables them to develop effective and plans for their clients.


Michael J. Worth: Principal

Michael J. Worth has more than 35 years of experience in philanthropic resource development. He is known not only as an experienced and successful development officer but also as one of the field's most prolific speakers and authors.

Dr. Worth served for nearly twenty years as Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., including the University's medical center. He planned and directed two major campaigns which supported the University's extensive growth and managed Board of Trustees development. He previously served as Director of Development at the University of Maryland. Earlier in his career, he was Director of Development at DeSales University and Assistant to the President at Wilkes University. Dr. Worth is currently a Professor of Nonprofit Management at the George Washington University.

Dr. Michael J. Worth

Michael Worth has edited or written well-known books related to fundraising, boards, and nonprofit management. "Leading the Campaign," published in 2017, is a well-known guide for those preparing for a campaign. He is the author of "Nonprofit Management: Principles and Practice," a leading textbook in the field used at colleges and universities across the country. He holds a B.A. from Wilkes University, an M.A. from The American University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

Patricia Cornell: Senior Consultant

Patricia Cornell is Senior Consultant with Michael J. Worth & Associates. From 2009 to 2014, she was Director of Development at Food & Friends, a regional health and nutrition nonprofit in Washington, DC.

She has extensive experience in fundraising and management with a variety of nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions. Her previous positions include Vice President for Marketing and External Relations for Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF), a national children's literacy organization; Vice President for Resource Development at American Rivers, a Washington, D.C.-based environmental advocacy organization; Director of Development for the Children's Defense Fund, a national children's advocacy organization; and Associate Vice President for Development at the George Washington University during the University's $550-million capital campaign.

Patricia Cornell

Earlier in her career, Ms. Cornell managed capital campaigns and provided leadership in areas, such as annual giving and corporate and foundation support, and planned giving in her roles as Associate Vice President for Development at Hood College and as Director of the Campaign at Earlham College. Prior to becoming a development professional, she was a Director of Alumni Relations and served as the Executive Director of a community YWCA.

Elizabeth B. Herman: Senior Consultant

Elizabeth B. ("Beth") Herman is a Senior Consultant with Michael J. Worth & Associates in addition to leading her own private coaching and consulting firm, EBH Consulting LLC. After 30 years' success leading higher education advancement teams and helping philanthropists make large, useful gifts, Herman helps high-achievers lead themselves and others to peak, peaceful productivity. Her experience as a certified executive coach enriches all of her strategic planning, campaign planning studies, and team-building initiatives.

Herman's previous positions include Vice President for College Advancement at Washington College (MD) and Franklin & Marshall College (PA), 10 years leading development at the University of Puget Sound (WA), and director of development for the College of Forest Resources at the University of Washington (WA). She began her career in annual giving and specializes in helping development teams of any size and scope reach their full fundraising potential. She is a certified coach with Martha Beck Inc. and the Koelle Institute for Equus Coaching.

Herman is in high demand as a trainer for the American Council on Education, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (Crystal Apple Award for Distinguished Teaching 2000), and colleges and universities around the country.

Elizabeth B. Herman

An award-winning essayist, she contributes to CASE Currents and Equus magazine and wrote a chapter on managing gift officers for "Effective Measures: The Return on Investing in Talent Management (CASE 2012)."