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, Associate 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



Susan Boerstling

Corporate and Foundation Relations

Susan Boerstling, Assistant Vice President, Corporate and Foundation Relations

GW’s Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) works with institutional partners to:

  • Develop innovative programs
  • Support faculty research
  • Advance the university’s educational mission around the world



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Andrea Trisciuzzi



Principal and Legacy Gifts

Andrea Trisciuzzi, Associate Vice President, Principal and Legacy Gifts

Principal and Legacy Gifts is responsible for:

  • Managing the principal gifts program
  • Working with academic partners to identify, develop, and raise funds for university-wide strategic priorities



Anne Dean




Strategic Advancement Solutions

Anne Dean, Assistant Vice President, Strategic Advancement Solutions  

Strategic Advancement Solutions is responsible for:

  • Campaign/GW's 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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