Mr. Leonard Raley is president and CEO of the University System of Maryland Foundation, Inc. (USMF), and vice chancellor for advancement for the University System of Maryland (USM), where he has served since 2005. He is responsible for the oversight and investment of more than $2.2 billion in assets under management on behalf of 11 institutions within the USM and five Maryland community college foundations. Working with a board of 47 members, Raley has helped guide the USMF to engage in the best governing practices for nonprofit institutionally related foundations. In 2015, Institutional Investor announced the USMF as its winner of the Good Governance Award. As vice chancellor for advancement, Raley coordinates and provides leadership in support of USM’s fundraising efforts. Prior to the USM, he served as executive director of the Ohio University foundation and vice president for university advancement at Ohio University. Raley is an experienced foundation executive with 40 years of demonstrated history of working in public higher education. He is skilled in institutionally related foundations, private philanthropy, board governance, strategic planning, and higher education leadership.
Raley earned his BS degree from Towson University and his MBA from the University of Baltimore. Currently, he serves as treasurer of the Maryland Marketing Partnership (MMP) Board of Directors. He is past chair of the board of directors for the Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber and St. Mary’s Ryken High School in Leonardtown, MD. He is past chair of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s National Committee on Institutionally Related Foundations.