Dr. Donna Thomas has extensive fundraising experience and has worked in numerous financial development positions throughout her career. Most recently, Thomas held the title of director of development at the China Institute. In that role, she was responsible for managing annual, special and capital campaigns, fostering corporate and foundation relations, as well as designing and implementing special events.
Thomas has also held the titles of consultant and vice president for development at the Freedoms Foundation, director of development at Lycée Français de New York, director of development at Don Bosco Preparatory School, director of fundraising and community relations at Boston Aging Concerns, and the director of development for the Parent Program in the office of advancement at Boston University.
The primary responsibilities of the vice president for advancement are to implement and manage strategies that expand the college’s relationships and increase funds; guide the research, identification, cultivation and solicitation of new donors; provide strategic leadership to the marketing and communications office; and oversee the grant proposing and writing processes.
Thomas holds a doctorate in psychology from Tufts University, as well as master of library science degree and a bachelor of arts in psychology, both from Simmons College.