Development & Alumni Relations

Donna Arbide

Donna Arbide, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations

The Division of Development and Alumni Relations leads the university’s efforts to strengthen and promote an invested alumni and donor community that inspires lifelong loyalty and advances GW. We engage GW’s more than 320,000 alumni located around the world, and connect the passions of our alumni and supporters with the aspirations of our students and faculty to ensure GW continues to do great things.

Every gift, every year, no matter the size, means a great deal to GW students and faculty. An investment in GW is an investment in the future.




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Key Functions



Gail Ferris




Advancement Services

Gail Ferris, Assistant Vice President, Advancement Services 

Advancement Services is responsible for:

  • Gift accounting and receipting
  • Maintenance of alumni and donor biographical data
  • Reporting and analytics
  • Advancement information systems
  • Gift agreement administration
  • Compliance
  • Policies and procedures
  • Administrative services for Development and Alumni Relations




Patty Carocci




Alumni Relations and Annual Giving

Patty Carocci, Associate Vice President, Alumni Relations and Annual Giving 

Annual Giving is responsible for:

  • Leadership Giving
  • Direct response appeals
  • Giving societies 
  • Senior Class gift
  • Faculty/Staff campaign

Alumni Relations is responsible for:

  • Alumni and Families Weekend
  • Regional Networks and Programming
  • Specific School-based initiatives
  • Career and Industry Networks and Programs
  • Young Alumni Network
  • Alumni Benefits and Services
  • Affinity Networks and Programs
  • Volunteer engagement
  • In-person and virtual events




Sarah Fosdick

Central Development

Sarah Fosdick, Associate Vice President, Central Development 

Central Development is responsible for:



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Anne Dean




Strategic Advancement Solutions

Anne Dean, Assistant Vice President, Strategic Advancement Solutions  

Strategic Advancement Solutions is responsible for:

  • Campaign/Bicentennial 
  • Donor Relations
  • Principal Proposal Writing
  • Research and Relationship Management



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Contact the Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations

[email protected] • 202-994-1058


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