Development & Alumni Relations Staff

Photo of Whitney Sweat

Whitney Sweat
Director, Development
2885 Science & Engineering Hall
E-mail:  [email protected]
Tel: 202-994-4051

Whitney Sweat joined SEAS in November 2019 as the director of development. In this role, she works to expand the network of graduates, families, and friends supporting the School. Prior to joining SEAS, Whitney worked in development with The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, The American Red Cross, and Vanderbilt University. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Alabama A&M University and a Master of Science degree in marketing from Florida State University. She is originally from Nashville, TN, and is thrilled to be working in the nation’s capital.


Durriyyah

Durriyyah Jackson
Associate Director, Development & Alumni Relations
2885 Science & Engineering Hall
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: 202-994-4036

As associate director of development, Durriyyah Jackson 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, D.C. 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 Bachelor of Arts degree in German language and literature from GW and is a certified project management professional.


Patrick WhitePatrick White
Associate Director, Development
2885 Science & Engineering Hall
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: 202-994-4121

Patrick White joined SEAS in March 2020 as an associate director of development. In this role, he manages a portfolio of major-gift prospects, and works to advance the priorities of the school. Prior to joining SEAS, Patrick worked in political consulting, where he led the fundraising efforts for multiple members of Congress and candidates in competitive races.

Patrick received a Bachelor of Arts from Hobart College, focusing his studies on political science, religious studies, and public policy. A native of Massachusetts, Patrick still enjoys cheering on his beloved Boston sports teams.


Justin Spence

Justin Spence
Associate Director, Alumni Relations
2885 Science & Engineering Hall
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: 202-994-2536

Justin has a clear passion for alumni affairs and philanthropy, and brings to GW a wealth of experience in volunteer management, event execution, and alumni engagement. Originally from Ohio, Justin is a two-time graduate of The Ohio State University, completing an undergraduate degree in medical anthropology and master’s degree in higher education and student affairs. Justin has worked at multiple institutions known for their highly-engaged alumni, including Ohio State, the College of William and Mary, and most recently Georgetown, where he served as the associate director of regional alliances and developed a strategic engagement plan working with alumni in the technology, entertainment and media industries.


Photo of Sarah ColomaSarah Coloma
Senior Administrative Associate
2885 Science & Engineering Hall
E-mail:  [email protected]
Tel: 202-994-8474

Sarah Coloma is the senior administrative associate for SEAS, where she supports the assistant vice president for development and alumni relations. Before joining SEAS, Sarah worked for Georgetown University as its third year medical school educational coordinator. Prior to that, she worked for several nonprofits in the Washington, DC area.

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in economics with a minor in gender, sexuality, and women’s studies.