University Advancement has hired the first director of development for the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies—and it’s one of their own!
Dean Ira A. Jackson announced the appointment in a message to faculty and staff last week, “I am delighted to inform you that our new director of development is Vanessa DiCarlo, a graduate of the McCormack School!”
DiCarlo earned a master’s degree in conflict resolution in 2011. A stellar student, she was the first recipient of the Ambassador John W. McDonald Leadership Award for Innovation in Global Governance and Conflict Resolution.
Ms. DiCarlo served as director of stewardship for the university before accepting this new role which she will begin on May 20.
“Vanessa brings with her a deep knowledge of University Advancement, a passion for UMass Boston and the McCormack School mission, a fierce work ethic, and the trust and confidence that she has built among faculty, staff, alumni, and donors with whom she has interacted,” Jackson noted.
Jackson told his colleagues in the McCormack School, “Vanessa and I will be working hard to help you gain a constituency for investing in your programs and for fueling your dreams. I encourage all of you to get to know Vanessa, to take the time to help her understand your strategy and needs, and to welcome her as a central partner in our enterprise.”
DiCarlo is eager to work with Ira Jackson and other university leaders to support the school’s development. “Having personally benefited from the McCormack Graduate School’s dedication to excellent teaching, research, and community engagement, I recognize that sustaining and growing the college requires identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding strong relationships with donors,” she said.
“Since joining UMass Boston in 2008, I have learned a great deal about our university: where we have been, where we are now, and more importantly, where we are going. The Chancellor’s vision for the university is one to which I feel deeply committed and I am excited for the changes that our fundraising campaign can generate.”