Hired by ACE as Development Director in 2002, Norton was asked by the ACE Board of Directors in March 2005 to assume the role of Interim Executive Director. In December 2005 Norton was appointed as the permanent E.D. With oversight of the organization, Norton’s duties include private scholarships, online charters and other education reform activities. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Norton continues to serve as ACE’s Chief Development Officer.
During Norton’s five-and-a-half year tenure at ACE, he has helped the organization grow from a budget of one million dollars to over four million dollars. Norton directly attributes this success to the creation of the board of trustees, an advisory board that meets bi-annually with an average gift-per-trustee of $60,000.
Prior to joining ACE Norton was a major gifts officer at the Denver Rescue Mission. He started his development career immediately out of college as an intern for the University of Colorado Foundation in the annual giving department.
Norton attended the University of Colorado on a golf scholarship and graduated with a degree in business marketing. As a golfer, he lettered all four years and received academic all-American and Big XII honors his junior and senior years.
Norton and his wife of 6 years Kara, have two boys, Norton Moore Rainey IV (Jack) who is three, and Ethan Robert Rainey who is two.