GW Announces Senior Associate VP of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving

Patricia Carocci has more than 25 years of experience in development and alumni relations.

June 3, 2019

Patricia CarocciPatricia Carocci will join the George Washington University on July 22 as its new senior associate vice president of alumni relations and annual giving, the university announced Monday.

Ms. Carocci has 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.

“Patty’s strong background in strategic planning, fundraising, communications, volunteer partnership and alumni engagement will serve the university well as she leads our annual giving and alumni relations efforts,” said Donna Arbide, vice president for development and alumni relations. “I am confident our alumni, donors and her colleagues at GW will benefit from her ideas and experience.”

At The Spence School, Ms. Carocci 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, Ms. Carocci 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.

In several of her previous positions, Ms. Carocci has served in a leadership role with advisory and volunteer boards. At GW, she will work closely with the new GW Alumni Association (GWAA) Executive Committee to develop its strategic plan and to deliver the best possible alumni experience.

“I look forward to partnering with Patty to build the GW Alumni Association strategic plan with substantive feedback and input from our 290,000 GW alumni living around the globe,” said Richard Jones, J.D. ’84, GWAA president.

The GWAA and Ms. Carocci will solicit ideas from alumni during a virtual listening tour held later this summer.

“I am excited to join GW and its leadership as the university builds toward its bicentennial,” said Ms. Carocci. “I look forward to meeting many GW graduates in the months to come and hearing their stories about why this great university holds a special place in their heart.”

Ms. Carocci has a B.A. from Hood College and an M.A. from Villanova University.