Development & Alumni Relations Staff

Deanah

Deanah McLeod
Assistant Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
2885 Science & Engineering Hall
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: 202-994-8474

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 develops strategic initiatives for the school’s Development team and works closely with SEAS alumni nationally to engage them with philanthropic and volunteer initiatives throughout SEAS. Deanah’s development background includes individual fundraising; corporate, foundation, and government relations; and sponsored research.  She has worked in diverse sectors including higher education, youth development, and social service organizations.

Deanah received a dual concentration M.B.A in marketing management and international business, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in communications with a minor in Spanish from Pace University. She is motivated by a deep-seated desire to enhance access to quality education for all students.


Loida Tapia

Loida Tapia
Senior Administrative Associate, SEAS Development
2885 Science & Engineering Hall
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: 202-994-8474

Loida Tapia is the senior administrative associate for SEAS Development. In this role, she provides strategic project management of Development team initiatives and supports Assistant Vice President Deanah McLeod. She is also the Development team's liaison to the SEAS Innovation Center, focusing on developing donor-centered projects for alumni involvement.

Most recently, Loida served as a senior advisor to the Obama Administration as a White House appointee to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, where she led strategic outreach in workforce development in diversity and inclusion. She served as a principal coordinator for President Obama's Management Agenda, the People and Culture Pillar for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Loida’s previous roles also include working as director of scheduling and advancement in the U.S. Senate, and on various presidential and congressional campaigns. Loida earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and was nominated for the Young Women of Achievement Award in 2016 for her political work.


Buthaina

Buthaina Shukri
Sr. Associate Director for Development
2885 Science & Engineering Hall
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: 202-994-4121

In her current role, Buthaina Shukri works with alumni in the DC Metro area, the West Coast, and the Southwest interested in supporting philanthropic initiatives to support SEAS. Buthaina has an extensive 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 its career center and later as the law school's publications manager.

Buthaina received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and English from Union College, a Master of Education degree in counseling from Boston University, and a Master of Science degree in applied psychology from the University of Baltimore.


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.


Mary Harvey

Mary Harvey
Associate Director of Development
2885 Science & Engineering Hall
E-mail:  [email protected]
Tel: 202-994-4051

As associate director of development at SEAS, Mary Harvey manages a portfolio of major-gift prospects and donors which enables her to engage with the SEAS alumni community and cultivate potential support for the school. Mary has worked in diverse areas of non-profit fundraising, including university settings, theatres, and museums.  Before joining the SEAS team as associate director, Mary worked for six years on the Principal Gifts team in GW’s central Development office. Mary has a passion for philanthropy and enjoys working in a field that lets her connect people with their philanthropic interests.

Mary earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Mount St. Mary’s University and her Master of Arts degree in early modern European history from The Catholic University of America.  Graduate School brought Mary to Washington, D.C., which she has made her home for the past 10 years.


Photo of Elizabeth MellenElizabeth Mellen
Associate Director, School Alumni Programs
2885 Science & Engineering Hall
E-mail:  [email protected]
Tel: 202-994-1858

Elizabeth Mellen is the associate director of alumni relations for SEAS. In this role, she engages all SEAS alumni through communications, events, volunteer opportunities and philanthropy. Before joining the SEAS team, she was the assistant director of alumnae relations at The Madeira School in McLean, Va. Elizabeth received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Virginia.


Photo of Carolynn LodgeCarolynn Lodge
Assistant Director, Donor Relations
2885 Science & Engineering Hall
E-mail:  [email protected]
Tel: 202-994-8506

Carolynn Lodge is the assistant director of donor relations for SEAS. Carolynn coordinates events, liaises with the SEAS National Advisory Council, and oversees data projects that help SEAS thoughtfully engage the SEAS alumni community. Before joining SEAS, Carolynn worked for GW as an administrative associate with the Planned Giving Department. Prior to that, she worked at Johns Hopkins University in a variety of roles, including as both a budget assistant and administrative secretary for the Department of Epidemiology, and as an administrative coordinator in the Whiting School of Engineering’s dean’s office.

Carolynn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowie State University in English and modern languages, with a concentration in African-American literature, and a Master of Arts degree in professional writing from Towson University.