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Tracy Church, MBA, CPA, Appointed Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations at SMHS

The GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) is pleased to announce that Tracy Church, MBA, CPA, will serve as the executive director of development and alumni relations. In this role, she will develop and execute a multi-year development plan to raise major and principal gifts for SMHS. She will be responsible for alumni engagement.

"Tracy's track record of success, experience leading development teams, and background with one of our major partners, Children's National Health System, position her well for this role. Her extensive experience working with major donors and her understanding of the health care environment is a wonderful addition to the team and an asset for the school," said Jeffrey S. Akman, MD '81, RESD '85, vice president for health affairs, Walter A. Bloedorn Professor of Administrative Medicine, and dean of SMHS.

Church will supervise a team of development professionals including gift officers, alumni relations staff, and stewardship staff. She will serve as an advisor to the dean and associate vice president on development communications and alumni relations strategies and assist in setting the vision for philanthropic support. She will also coordinate with the executive director of clinical care and research in developing gift opportunities and priorities to appeal to patients of GW Hospital and the GW Medical Faculty Associates.

Most recently, she served as the senior director of development at the Children's National Children's Hospital Foundation where she successfully led a development team and crafted fundraising strategies which resulted in transformational gifts that improved health for children. Previous roles also include director of development at Johns Hopkins Medicine's Fund, and director of donor relations at both the University of Maryland and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Church earned her MBA at Johns Hopkins University and Bachelor of Science degrees in accounting and finance at the University of Florida.

"It is an honor to join one of the nation's most esteemed universities. I look forward to meeting our alumni community and partnering with senior leadership and the development team at GW SMHS," said Church. "At this point in GW history, the opportunity to explore new philanthropic strategies, promote excellence and support health, science, and future leaders in health care is extraordinary."

She began her role as executive director of development and alumni relations on Sept. 18, 2017.