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Institutional Advancement

Institutional Advancement (IA) is responsible for engaging RISD’s alumni, parents, students and donors in meaningful ways and encouraging them to financially support the college. IA cultivates and stewards relationships and raises money from a variety of sources—individuals, foundations and corporations—to support the priorities of the college. These priorities are determined by the president, provost and deans and correspond to strategic initiatives and institutional needs.

For more about IA and our mission visit the giving section of


Emily Blackwell
Data Management and Systems Specialist
401 427-3136

Nora Bolinski
Senior Philanthropy Officer
401 454-6469

Lydia Breckon
Philanthropy Officer
401 454-6466

Liz Camara
Executive Assistant
401 454-6403

Meredith Carlone
Senior Executive Director, Major and Planned Gifts

Justin Connolly
Senior RISD Fund Officer
401 454-6476

Celia Contreras
Development Associate, Advancement Services

Kristen Cronin
Data Coordinator
401 454-6333

Katie Cush
Alumni Relations Officer
401 277-4986

Michaela Donnelly
Associate Director, Digital Communications
401 427-3121

Rebecca Dupras
Senior Planned Giving Officer
401 427-3151

Katrina Ellis
Alumni and Family Relations Officer, Regional Clubs and Programs
401 277-4931

Annabeth Faucher
Alumni Relations Development Associate
401 427-3146

Evan Gallivan
Executive Director, Campaign Planning & Strategies
401 454-6434

Amy Galt
RISD Fund Officer
401 427-3129

Ron Geary
Analyst, Data Management and Systems
401 427-3115

Kristen Hall
Data Management and Systems Specialist, BBNC Network
401 454-6331

Mariam Han
Assistant Director, Special Events
401 277-4813

Christina Hartley
Senior Alumni and Family Relations Officer, Global Engagement

Emily Hayes
Data Coordinator

Rebecca Henriquez
Operations Manager
401 454-6477

Michael Hill
Development Associate, Major and Planned Gifts
401 454-6116

Danielle Kachapis
Alumni and Family Relations Officer, Affinity Groups and Programs
401 454-6321

Emilee Kilburn
Development Associate, RISD Fund
401 427-3009

Gillian Kiley
Senior Associate Director, Strategic Communications

Serena Livingston
Director of Gift Administration and Recording Secretary
401 454-6325

Misa Lobato
Director of Prospect Management and Analytics
401 454-6792

Andrea Marth
Executive Director, Advancement Operations and Systems
401 454-8683

Aaron McGarry
Senior Philanthropy Officer
401 454-6398

Diane Michalowski Freedland
Senior Philanthropy Officer
401 709-8669

Suzanne Myer Smith
Philanthropy Officer
401 454-6436

Gabriel Navarro
RISD Fund Officer
401 427-3441

Chad Nelson
Senior Planned Giving Officer
401 454-6189

Sanaa Nelson
Alumni and Family Relations Officer, Reunion and Family Programs

Rob Odoardi
Data Administrator and Application Specialist
401 454-6340

O’Neil Outar
Vice President of Institutional Advancement
401 454-6532

Susanna Prull
Associate Director, Visual Communications
401 454-6399

Claire Robinson
Director of Special Events
401 454-6379

Joaquin Romero
RISD Fund Officer
401 427-3015

Kate Sawicki
Alumni Relations Officer, Lifelong Learning
401 427-3144

Ellen Scotto-Bourget
Campaign Project Coordinator

Lindsay Stanley
Executive Director, RISD Fund
401 427-3048

Laura Stubbs
Director of Advancement Communications

Lauren Thacker
Senior Associate Director, Strategic Communications

Ellen Walbrun
Associate Director of Annual Giving
401 454-6107

Bridget Wiffin
Executive Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations
401 454-6432

Jonencia Wood
Executive Director, Alumni and Family Relations

Amanda Wright
Associate Director of Donor Relations
401 454-6708