Denise Gustafson began her career in the nonprofit industry in 1994 as a teacher for YouthBuild USA in Washington, D.C. During her tenure, she helped at-risk youth earn their GEDs, conducted business writing classes for a welfare-to-work program, and established the school’s library through monetary and material donations. She joined America's Charities in 2000 as a campaign services coordinator, where she has worked closely with charities and public sector campaigns, raising $4 million for America’s Charities and its members.
In 2002, Denise transferred to the Charitable Funds Management Solutions (formerly the Fiscal Department) team where she streamlined the distribution process with increased use of technology, ensuring that administrative costs are kept to a minimum and that more dollars reach the charities serving the needs of the community.
She has a B.A. from the University of Maryland and an M.B.A. from George Mason University in Virginia.