Our Team

Ingrid Alvarado, Ph.D.



Dr. Ingrid Alvarado Nichols is the founder and CEO of Advance LLC, where she secures and manages all contracts with partner organizations. She is responsible for the research, planning, and strategy to qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward major gift donors for capital campaigns and strategic initiatives. She also writes content, and manages a team that supports and responds to the needs of partners. Dr. Alvarado has secured multi-million dollar grants for partner clients from government and private foundation sources. She began her career in higher education  where she raised major gifts for capital campaigns and annual fund programs at Tulane University and Spring Hill College for nine years. In 2012, she transitioned to serving the PreK-12 public education sector.


Dr. Alvarado earned both her Bachelor of Arts and M.B.A. degrees at Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL. She earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at the University of New Orleans where she researched and wrote about teachers of color in New Orleans, their retention, mentoring experiences, and impact on the educational outcomes of students in public charter schools.


Dr. Alvarado serves on the Board of Directors at New Orleans College Prep, which directly manages the three schools in her neighborhood, and she volunteers her time on the Board as Chair of the Development Committee. During the mandatory school closures in March 2020, Dr. Alvarado was appointed to the Finance Committee at Algiers Charter charged with the planning of the re-entry and recovery of Landry-Walker High School and Martin Behrman Academy following the COVID-19 crisis.

She is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu honor society and a former Education Pioneers Fellow. In 2015, Dr. Alvarado was awarded the Magis Medal, which is given annually to two individuals who exemplify scholarship, loyalty, and service to better the world. Dr. Alvarado is an immigrant from Belize and intentionally resides in a predominantly Black and Brown neighborhood in New Orleans.




Just like your nonprofit, Advance LLC is driven by a strong belief in a core set of values, a mission and a vision. We believe that by aligning ourselves as partners with the nonprofits we serve we can create a drastically better future for disenfranchised communities across the world.

Our Values

social justice

We partner with nonprofits that focus on the equitable distribution of resources within their communities.


Our partners should expect us to keep our word in delivering high quality services in a timely manner.


We deliver results to our partners with the highest level of sincerity, ethics and respect.

Our Vision and Mission


Our nonprofit partners provide invaluable, impactful services to their communities. Our vision is to ensure that all our nonprofit partners are financially and operationally sustainable.


Advance, LLC, founded in 2015, provides financial and business services to nonprofits to secure funding from diversified sources, including federal and state grant opportunities, foundations, individual donors and corporate sponsors.

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