Executive Leadership

Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
Donna Arbide
Executive Leadership Council
David B. Anderson
Ellen Beck
Lori Cwalina
Maryam Henson
Safiya Nyamekye
Katie Turcotte
Maisha Williams

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Donna Arbide
Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations

Donna ArbideDonna joined GW on March 1, 2018, after more than 30 years at the University of Miami, including serving as interim senior vice president for development and alumni relations. During her tenure at the University of Miami, Donna oversaw the university’s alumni relations, annual giving, and parent programs, as well as fundraising efforts of the school and college development programs.

As interim senior vice president for development and alumni relations, she worked closely with the university’s board of trustees and the institutional leadership to implement the University of Miami strategic plan and development efforts for its three campuses. She helped greatly expand alumni and parent giving, led several award-winning programs to establish a vibrant national and international network of University of Miami alumni and parents, and was the lead visionary and fundraiser for a new alumni center on the university’s Coral Gables campus.

Donna has served as a board member for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), where she chaired the Commission on Alumni Relations, helping to launch the international initiative creating standards of practice and alumni engagement metrics for the profession. She chaired the 2018 CASE Summit for Leaders in Advancement. Donna has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and a master’s degree from the University of Miami.

Phone: 202-994-6415
Email: [email protected]
Donna Arbide on LinkedIn

David B. Anderson
Senior Associate Vice President for Principal Gifts and Planned Giving

David B. Anderson David oversees principal gift and planned giving fundraising for the university. He joined the George Washington University in August 2014.

Most recently, David served as the associate dean for advancement for the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and as president of The Medical Foundation of North Carolina.

David has 30 years of experience in higher education fundraising. He has also served as associate vice chancellor for university development at North Carolina State University, and executive director of medical center development at Duke University. Earlier in his career, David worked at Rice University, the University of Pittsburgh, and his alma mater, the University of Virginia.

David received a BA from the University of Virginia, an MAT from Trinity Washington University, and an MBA from the College of William & Mary.

Phone: 202-994-9120
Email: [email protected]
David Anderson on LinkedIn

Ellen Beck
Assistant Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, Milken Institute School of Public Health

Ellen BeckEllen joined GW in August 2018 to oversee fundraising and alumni engagement efforts at GW’s Milken Institute School of Public Health.

Previously, Ellen served as the Executive Director of Development for Life Sciences at UCLA during the historic $4.2 Billion Centennial Campaign. She capped off her six years at UCLA with a $15 million gift from an individual that will name (along with an earlier $5 million gift) a historic science building on campus.

At UCLA, Ellen transformed the development team into entrepreneurial and independent fundraisers, worked tirelessly to implement the vision of her dean, and oversaw annual attainment of $27 million for all science initiatives. As part of this success, Ellen engaged a number of high-profile philanthropists, including many who have signed the Giving Pledge. Prior to UCLA, Ellen served in fundraising roles at Syracuse University, her undergraduate alma mater, and the University of Miami.

Phone: 202-994-7837
Email: [email protected]
Ellen Beck on LinkedIn

Lori Cwalina
Senior Associate Vice President for Schools and Academic Units

Lori CwalinaLori provides leadership to the development operations in nine schools and academic units, collaborating with deans, university administrators, senior management, and volunteers to create and implement comprehensive fundraising strategies that support the priorities of each school and unit. She also helps to set the overall strategic direction of GW’s fundraising efforts.

Prior to this role, Lori spent four years as the Assistant Vice President for Development at GW's Elliott School of International Affairs.

Lori brings more than two decades of experience in fundraising, board management, and strategic planning, primarily in the higher education sector. She has held management and leadership positions at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Virginia, and National Cathedral School.

Lori earned a BA at the University of Virginia and MEd in higher education policy and administration from The College of William and Mary.

Phone: 202-994-5902
Email: [email protected]
Lori Cwalina on LinkedIn

Maryam Henson
Associate Vice President for Central Initiatives

Ellen BeckMaryam oversees development for cross-university initiatives and is responsible for growing investment in, and philanthropic support for, presidential priorities. She leads the strategic operations of a strong team of professionals across multiple functions including marketing communications, donor relations, corporate and foundation relations, family philanthropy, athletics, libraries, academic innovation, student experience, scholarships, and Hillel. Previously, Maryam served as assistant vice president for corporate and foundation relations, managing partnerships with institutional donors in support of the university's mission to build a superior learning environment and to conduct groundbreaking research to advance innovation.

Maryam came to GW after 11 years at Georgetown University where she was Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations and served in a leadership role in strategic planning for the Advancement office. Previously, she was Executive Director in the Office of Fellowships, Awards and Research at Georgetown, where she managed applications to prestigious fellowships. Maryam has served on the board of the Network of Academic Corporate Relations Officers and previously chaired the National Capital Area CFR Directors Networking Group. She has a bachelor’s degree in foreign service from Georgetown University, a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, and is a member of the bar of the State of Maryland.

Phone: 202-994-0473
Email: [email protected]
Maryam Henson on LinkedIn

Safiya Nyamekye
Director of Business Analytics

Safiya NyamekyeSafiya works closely with Vice President Arbide on fundraising reporting and business analytics initiatives. She serves in a collaborative role with the Advancement Services team helping with continuous improvement.

She joined GW in June 2018 after 29 years at the University of Miami where she managed several Advancement Services functions, including finance and budget, development research, and gift processing. Earlier in her career, she worked at New York University’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations and at the Ford Foundation.

Safiya earned a bachelor’s degree from New York University and a master’s from the University of Phoenix.

Phone: 202-994-0854
Email: [email protected]

Katie Turcotte
Assistant Vice President, Development Strategy

Katie TurcotteKatie provides strategic leadership for the planning and execution of major university fundraising initiatives. Katie joined DAR in May 2017 as the Assistant Vice President, University Programs. In that role, she successfully managed a number of schools, units, and programs and became a trusted leader across the division.

Before she came to GW in 2017, Katie served as the practice manager for the Advancement Forum serving higher education fundraising at Education Advisory Board (EAB), a DC-based company that "forges and finds" best practices to address education's top challenges. Prior to joining EAB, Katie worked in the health care research arm of The Advisory Board Company where she served as the dedicated expert for academic medical center and children's hospital members.

Katie has a long history working in the nonprofit sector both with and for a variety of organizations, including colleges and universities, health systems, arts, and conservation organizations as an internal major gifts officer, fundraising consultant, and leadership coach. She earned an MS in organizational development from American University and a BS at Purdue University, where she started her career in development as a member of the Purdue Foundation Student Board running the senior class gift.

Phone: 202-994-0429
Email: [email protected]
Katie Turcotte on LinkedIn

Maisha Williams
Finance Director

Maisha Williams Maisha oversees all financial activities of the Division of Development & Alumni Relations and is a trusted financial advisor to the division’s senior leadership in areas of financial operations, budgetary management, and other strategic initiatives.

Prior to joining GW In October 2014, Maisha was the assistant controller at Howard University. She started her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers specializing in higher education and nonprofit auditing and consulting. Maisha is a Certified Public Accountant with a BS in accounting from Syracuse University. She has more than 14 years of financial and accounting experience.

 

Phone: 202-994-5529
Email: [email protected]
Maisha Williams on LinkedIn