Executive Leadership

Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
Donna Arbide
Executive Leadership Council
Jonathan Agree
David B. Anderson
Patty Carocci
Lori Cwalina
Gail Ferris
Maryam Henson
Nancy Hullihen
Safiya Nyamekye
Katie Turcotte

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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

Jonathan Agree
Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, Health and Medicine

Jon AgreeJonathan joined GW in October 2019 to oversee the fundraising teams for the entire array of health and medicine enterprises, including the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the School of Nursing, the GW Medical Faculty Associates, and the Milken Institute School of Public Health.

Previously, he was Vice President of Development at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center and Clinical Programs at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals and Health Sciences. In this role, Jonathan oversaw a team that raised more than $85 million while also securing numerous early campaign commitments, including principal gifts to support full-tuition scholarships and diversity programs within the Sidney Kimmel Medical College as well as for cancer survivorship and supportive medicine. Most recently, Jonathan closed the second-largest gift to the Cancer Center to launch the Philadelphia Prostate Cancer Biome Project. He has also held positions at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Prior to turning to health care sector fundraising, Jonathan had a successful entrepreneurial career in the private sector helping to launch multiple tech start-ups. He also enjoyed an extensive career in sports television producing and directing broadcasts for the Philadelphia Phillies, 76ers, and Flyers.

Jonathan holds a B.A. from Temple University.

Phone: 202-994-3150
Email: [email protected]
Jonathan Agree on LinkedIn

David B. Anderson
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

Patty Carocci
Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations and Annual Giving

Patty CarocciPatty joined GW in July 2019 to manage alumni engagement and annual giving efforts. She brings more than 25 years of experience in development and alumni relations, including roles at the University of Maryland Smith School of Business, Sidwell Friends School, Catholic University of America, and the University of Pennsylvania. Most recently, she served as Director of Advancement at The Spence School in New York.

At The Spence School, Patty brought management and fundraising expertise that completed the school’s fundraising campaign, enhanced parent and alumnae participation, and supported the head of school and board of trustees in key advancement and alumnae initiatives. As the Assistant Dean for development and alumni relations at the UMD Smith School, she designed and implemented a comprehensive advancement program to support strategic initiatives and helped secure the second- and third-largest gifts in the school’s history.

Patty earned a B.A. from Hood College and an M.A. from Villanova University.

Phone: 202-994-1969
Email: [email protected]
Patty Carocci on LinkedIn

Lori Cwalina
Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, Schools and Administrative Units

Lori CwalinaLori provides leadership to the development operations in six 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

Gail Ferris
Interim Associate Vice President for Advancement Services

Gail FerrisGail is responsible for gift and biographical records, technical services, training, project support, and gift agreement administration. He returned to GW in January 2016, having previously worked at the university from 1992 through 2003.

He has worked in advancement services at Yale, Georgetown, American, and Catholic universities, as well as at the World Wildlife Fund and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. A founding member of the Association of Advancement Services Professionals, Gail served as its president and is currently chair of its Education Committee. He served 10 years on the faculty of the CASE Summer Institute for Advancement Services, chairing the institute twice, and has chaired the CASE Gift Processing and Donor Records workshops twice.

Gail is the recipient of the CASE Crystal Apple Award for outstanding teaching and has authored chapters in several books published by CASE. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University, a Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati, and an M.B.A. from the University of New Haven. He is a member of the Connecticut bar.

Phone: 202-994-8954
Email: [email protected]
Gail Ferris on LinkedIn

Maryam Henson
Associate Vice President, Central Development

Maryam HensonMaryam 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 focused on multiple areas including corporate and foundation relations, university centers and institutes, scholarships, student experience, libraries, academic innovation, family philanthropy, and Hillel. Previously, Maryam served as Associate Vice President for Central Initiatives, overseeing a range of division functions, and 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 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

Nancy Hullihen
Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, Schools and Administrative Units

Nancy HullihenNancy oversees teams of professionals that focus on principal and major gifts, annual fund, and alumni relations for the GW Law school, GW School of Business, and GW Athletics. Before joining GW in December 2018, she served as the Executive Director of the Office of Central Initiatives & Scholarships and Executive Director at the Miami Business School at the University of Miami (UM). Nancy also served as a Senior Director of Development for UM’s Miller School of Medicine where she was responsible for raising funds for the UInnovation program, Tissue Bank, Department of Orthopaedics, and Department of Medicine.

Before she started her career with academic institutions, Nancy was a Private Wealth Advisor in the Investment Management Division of Goldman Sachs and a Project Leader in the Cash Management Division of Citibank. In addition, she worked for Merck & Co., Inc. as an International Brand Marketing Manager in the Cardiovascular & Migraine division and for Merck/Schering-Plough as a Senior Cardiovascular Sales Consultant and Team Leader.

Ms. Hullihen received an M.B.A. from Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management and earned a B.S. in Management and Finance from Carnegie Mellon University. She is fluent in Spanish with understanding of Portuguese and Italian.

Phone: 202-994-1426
Email: [email protected]
Nancy Hullihen 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
Associate Vice President, Strategic Advancement Solutions

Katie TurcotteKatie provides strategic leadership for major university fundraising initiatives, overseeing the division’s campaign planning, donor relations, marketing communications, research and relationship management, talent management, and training and support functions. 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