Institutional Engagement

Institutional Engagement (IE) is responsible for engaging RISD’s alumni, parents, students and donors in meaningful ways and encouraging them to financially support the college. IE 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.

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Babette Allina
Executive Director of Government Relations
401 454-6317

Alaina Angellis
Development Associate
401 454-6776

Christy Law Blanchard
Senior Associate Director of IE Communications
401 454-6525

Lydia Breckon
Philanthropy Officer
401 454-6466

Liz Camara
Executive Assistant
401 454-6403

Suzanne Cullion
Senior Analyst, Data Management and Reporting
401 454-6331

Katie Cush
Alumni Relations Officer
401 277-4986

Katrina Ellis
Assistant Director, Alumni Communities
401 277-4931

Joanne Ferchland-Parella
Senior Executive Director of Development
401 454-6431

Betsy Freedman Doherty
Executive Director, RISD Fund

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

Christina Hartley
Executive Director of Alumni Relations
401 454-6794

Marjorie Hutter
Executive Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations

Holly Kirkman
Advancement Services Data Coordinator
401 454-6791

Serena Livingston
Associate Director, Advancement Services
401 454-6325

Benjamin Longstreth
Alumni Relations Associate
401 454-6343

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

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

Susanna Prull
Associate Director of Institutional Engagement Communications
401 454-6399

Claire Robinson
Director of Special Events
401 454-6379

Sarah Sligo
Senior Philanthropy Officer
401 454-6469

Sojourna Thornton
Data Projects Specialist
401 454-6333

Tue Tran
Director, Alumni Communities
401 277-6296

Ellen Walbrun
Associate Director of Annual Giving
401 454-6107

Amanda Wright
Associate Director of Donor Relations
401 454-6708