About Us

We help you to define your successes, goals and outcomes

Who we are

We are in constant motion. Whether we are swimming, biking and running. It always made sense that we would be drawn to triathlon. It is not just a sport for us by a way of life. Moving from one thing to the other – attempting to make a smooth transition, to get into a rhythm, to stop and start again. Two weeks before our wedding we ran our first marathon together. You could say that this was the official start to our long journey together. Or at least, the beginning of us supporting one another to reach for the seemingly impossible or at least ridiculous and accomplishing it. Since then we have run more running races, built the family we lovingly call Team Lunken, transitioned through multiple roles at different organizations, and landed where we are today… smack dab in the middle of our long run together. 

Just like a triathlon, life has its ups and downs, its variety and challenges. We approach our lives and our business the same way – pick the goal, make the plan, do the work and measure progress toward the goal while constantly reassessing, adapting and learning better ways and methods. 

We want to help you and your organizations get to that next level, the next leg of the race, move more effortlessly toward your goals. This stuff is hard work, we know! If we can help you with a curious conversation, a thoughtful dialogue and a sharing of ideas, reach out…

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Why Cedarcroft Advisors?

Everything we do is with a bias toward action! We want to help you win your race! We help you gain clarity by asking where you want to go, why you want to get there and helping you identify those goals with measurable outcomes; plan the details, get you over the hurdles and around the obstacles, and align action and people while measuring progress to goals.

Jessica Lunken

With nearly thirty years of experience in nonprofit leadership, Jessica has earned a reputation as an engaged and thoughtful program builder and strategic advisor serving mission-driven organizations. She has a successful track record in raising major and principal gifts, building advancement programs, establishing strategic fundraising initiatives, and board development while helping lead multi-billion-dollar campaigns. 

As the Johns Hopkins University Peabody Institute’s Associate Dean for External Relations and the School of Medicine’s founding Director of Development for Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Jessica and her teams have achieved unprecedented fundraising success. She also worked at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, for symphony orchestras and dance festivals serving in different leadership and fundraising positions.

Jessica received her psychology and comparative literature degrees from Indiana University, and more recently her MBA at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. She also holds certificates from the Creative Education Foundation for problem-solving, facilitation, and creativity.

As a former professional ballet dancer turned fundraising executive, she relaxes by participating in triathlons, long-distance races, volunteering and playing with her rescue dogs, Kobe and Shaq!

Clients:  Johns Hopkins University Press, Jewish Council for Aging for the Greater Washington D.C., Baltimore Beth Am Synagogue.
Industry:  Non-profit, academic advancement, primary and secondary education, hospitals, research, human services, conservancy, performing arts, visual arts, museums, places of faith and worship.

David Lunken

David works with organizations to build effective teams that are empowered to achieve and surpass company goals. He specializes in analyzing complex business issues, then develops and implements effective solutions to satisfy business, financial, and client demands.

David studied Philosophy at Hobart College and later attended Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business for his MBA with a concentration in marketing and entrepreneurship. David attended the Creative Problem Solving Institute and has become a Core faculty member teaching the Foundations Course in Creative Problem Solving for the Creative Education Foundation. You will find that everything that he does uses these tools and techniques to create engaging and productive meetings, workshops and conversations. 

David is an avid triathlete and creative problem solver with an entrepreneurial spirit which emerged at the age of 6 when he turned a gift of candy from an aunt into a candy store selling a wide variety of treats from his red Radio Flyer wagon in his suburban driveway.

Most days, you can find him out biking, running or swimming before the sun has started to rise.

Clients:  Cross Country Mortgage, Allianz Trade, Vectorworks, University of Maryland Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health, Annie E Casey Foundation, Sidwell Friends School.
Industry:  Technology, Education, Manufacturing, Non-Profit, Financial Services, Real Estate Development, Professional Services.

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