Susannah Chase ’90 P’20
Susannah “Susie” Chase ’90 P’20, who has worked for Washington College’s Development Office two previous times, has returned to her alma mater for a third time to become vice president for college advancement.
“I’ve always been grateful for the opportunities, as an undergraduate and a professional, that the College and its community have given me,” Chase says. “I’m excited to have this chance to give back, and to be in a position to ensure that future WC students receive the same extraordinary education and experiences that were afforded me.”
Chase has honed her skills in a career focused on development and management in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. She was a development director at WC from 1999 to 2005 and has served on the College’s Alumni Council and Alumni Board. She held positions as vice president of philanthropy and partnerships, and as vice president of the US Lacrosse Foundation; executive vice president of sales and marketing for Innovative Wellness Solutions (IWS) in Baltimore; and director of development for Baltimore’s Living Classrooms Foundation. Most recently, Chase was executive director of the Maryland region of the New York–based One Love Foundation.
“We’re thrilled that Susie will head up our Advancement team as it works toward fulfilling the goals of our Forge a Legacy campaign,” President Kurt Landgraf says. “Her broad experience in public and private philanthropy and fundraising, coupled with her depth of knowledge about the College and the greater community, give her a terrific foundation for continuing the Advancement team’s successes.”
While at the US Lacrosse Foundation, Chase oversaw the nonprofit’s $15 million capital campaign and annual fund; maintained relationships with the foundation’s board and corporate contacts; and worked closely with the finance and administration team. Similarly, at One Love Foundation, she helped to increase philanthropy and significantly expanded the educational reach of the organization in the greater Maryland region. In her early career at Washington College, Chase managed the mini-campaign that raised $2.5 million in 18 months to help fund the new Kirby Stadium.
“I can imagine no place I would rather be at this time in my life or at this point in my career,” Chase says. “To have the opportunity to serve the College alongside of people who truly understand all that is unique and special about our community is a gift. This is a place that brought out the very best in us as students, and I am humbled by the opportunity to work and give back in a meaningful way.”