Our History

In 1977, Essex & Drake was founded by Peter Drake and Glen Essex. For decades, Peter and Glen led the firm with an unwavering commitment to providing organizations with valuable fundraising counsel, helping to fulfill their missions most effectively. At first Peter and Glen worked exclusively on campaigns for churches before expanding to help organizations with a variety of missions. Throughout the years, new team members joined the firm, bringing development expertise and personal dedication to advising clients on the most successful fundraising strategies. In 1995, senior consultant, Sharon Svensson became president of the firm. Sharon understood and embraced the belief that strong relationships between consultant team members and the client’s staff and board lead to the most successful outcomes. Under Sharon’s steadfast leadership, the firm continued to garner a reputation for providing invaluable counsel.