Senior Leadership

Interim Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
Matthew R. Manfra
Executive Team
David Anderson
Stephanie Schwartz
Jon Thorsen
Maisha Williams

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Matthew R. Manfra
Interim Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations

Matt Manfra Matt leads the university's development operations and its alumni relations and development functions. Previously he served as Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations, which leads the university’s efforts to strengthen and promote an invested alumni community that inspires lifelong loyalty and advances GW. The team cultivates a worldwide community encompassing more than 280,000 living alumni throughout the United States and around the world.

Matt joined GW in 2015 from Syracuse University, where he served as their first assistant vice president for alumni engagement, a position that led the offices of annual giving and alumni relations. Previously, he served as assistant vice president for alumni relations at the University of Northern Colorado and as director of regional clubs and director of outreach programs at Rutgers University.

He began his career in higher education at his alma mater, The College of New Jersey, where he held roles in human resources, admissions, and as the alumni director. Matt has been a part of the creation of four strategic plans for alumni relations and was an alumni volunteer for his alma mater, serving as an officer of the TCNJ alumni executive board on two separate occasions.

Phone: 202-994-6419
Email: manfra@gwu.edu

David Anderson
Senior Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations

David Anderson David oversees all fundraising for the university, other than principal gifts. 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: dbanderson@gwu.edu

Stephanie Schwartz
Chief of Staff

Stephanie Schwartz Stephanie works closely with Interim Vice President Matthew Manfra, facilitating alumni and donor engagement strategies, and helping to set the strategic priorities of the division. She also works closely with the DAR staff liaisons to GW President Thomas LeBlanc.

Previously, as assistant vice president of Development for Campus and Community, Stephanie provided direction and vision for a number of key campus fundraising priorities, including Family Philanthropy, the GW Museum, GW Libraries and Academic and Innovation, and the Department of Athletics and Recreation.

Stephanie joined the George Washington University in September 2011 as the senior director of Family Philanthropy. Prior to joining GW, she served as the Washington development director for AIPAC.

Phone: 202-994-5529
Email: steph724@gwu.edu

Jon Thorsen
Associate Vice President for Development, Advancement Services

Jon ThorsenJon joined DAR in January 2014 to oversee Bio and Gift Records, Donor Relations, Technical Services, Training and User Support, and Research and Relationship Management. Prior to GW, Jon led research and advancement services operations for such organizations as The Nature Conservancy, Princeton University, and the American Red Cross. He has given presentations on many facets of the development profession at conferences of AASP, AFP, CASE, and other organizations.

With AASP, Jon chairs the Best Practices in Advancement Services project, serves on the program committee, and provides strategic planning services to the board of directors. He is a charter member of the association and a recipient of the Volunteer of the Year award. He is a former president of APRA, and recipient of the association’s Distinguished Service Award. He is also a recipient of the CASE Crystal Apple award for outstanding teaching. Jon earned his BA and MLIS degrees from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and worked as a college librarian and instructor before entering the development profession in 1987.

Phone: 202-994-9646
Email: jthorsen@gwu.edu

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: mwilliams19@gwu.edu