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Development & Alumni Relations Staff

Deanah McLeod
Assistant Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
2885 Science & Engineering Hall
Tel: 202-994-6059

Deanah McLeod is the assistant vice president for development and alumni relations in the SEAS Office of Development and Alumni Relations. In this role she works closely with SEAS alumni nationally to connect them with philanthropic initiatives throughout SEAS. Deanah brings more than nine years of development experience to this role, having experience in major gifts, corporate, foundation and government relations, and sponsored research.  She has worked within diverse sectors including higher education, youth development, and social service organizations. Deanah is a double graduate of Pace University and holds a dual degree MBA in international business and marketing management, and a bachelor of arts in communications.

Buthaina Shukri
Sr. Associate Director for Development
2885 Science & Engineering Hall
Tel: 202-994-4121

Buthaina Shukri has a 20-year career in higher education spanning leadership positions in career services, marketing, alumni relations, and development.  Before joining the SEAS Development team,  she was the SEAS alumni relations officer (2012-2015) and before that the director of the GW Career Center's employer partnerships team (2007-2012). Buthaina spent 11 years at the University of Baltimore as the director of their career center and later as the law school's publications manager. In her current role, Buthaina works with alumni in the DC Metro area, the West Coast, and the Southwest interested in supporting philanthropic initiatives to support SEAS.

Buthaina received a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish and English from Union College, a master of education degree from Boston University in counseling, and a master of science degree in applied psychology from the University of Baltimore. She's a  PMP (Project Management Professional) and is Myers-Briggs qualified. She volunteers on behalf of her alma mater, specifically for Union's ReUnion program and field hockey and lacrosse teams.

Durriyyah Johnson
Associate Director, Development & Alumni Relations
2885 Science & Engineering Hall
Tel: 202-994-4036

As associate director of development, Durriyyah manages a portfolio of major-gift prospects and serves as liaison to the SEAS National Advisory Council. In this role, she engages SEAS alumni in the Washington, DC area to facilitate volunteer engagement as well as cultivate philanthropic support for the school’s priorities. Durriyyah joined SEAS in 2011 and is a proud native Washingtonian. She received her bachelors degree in German Language and Literature from GW and is a certified project management professional. 

Antoinette Griffin
Administrative Assistant
2885 Science & Engineering Hall
Tel: 202-994-8474

Antoinette Griffin is a native Washingtonian and has more than 25 years of combined experience working in corporate America, higher education, and the public school system.  Antoinette is responsible for providing administrative assistance to the assistant vice president of Development and Alumni Relations, and the senior associate director of development at SEAS.  Before coming to George Washington University, she worked as a business support analyst for Dell Corporation, and prior to that as a budget analyst at Howard University for the Division of Allied Health Sciences Office of the Associate Dean.  She also worked as a donor relations coordinator within Howard University’s Division of University Advancement.  Antoinette received her business management degree from Southeastern University, in Washington, D.C.