Engaging Students in Philanthropy Symposium


Symposium Chair

Josh Harraman

Josh Harraman
Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations, Rutgers University Alumni Association
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Josh Harraman joined the Rutgers University Alumni Association as its new associate vice president for alumni relations in September 2017. He previously served as the senior director for alumni and constituent engagement at The Ohio State University.

In his role at Rutgers, Harraman oversees alumni operations and engagement including volunteer engagement, events and programs, business development, alumni career services and student engagement. The alumni engagement team serves alumni of all four university locations including Rutgers-New Brunswick, Rutgers-Camden, Rutgers-Newark, and Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences.

Harraman received his bachelor's degree in history from The Ohio State University and his master's degree in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University. He is pursuing a doctorate in educational philosophy at The Ohio State University, and expects to complete the program in 2019.


Felicity Meu

Felicity Lark-Hei Meu
Director, Partner Success and GiveCampus
Consultant, Stanford’s Effective Philanthropy Lab

Felicity Meu is a consultant with the Stanford Effective Philanthropy Lab as well as director of partner success for GiveCampus, the leading social fundraising platform for educational institutions. Previously, she served as director of Next Generation Giving at Stanford, where she helped to develop a long-term strategy for encouraging philanthropy among the university's young donors and future leaders, in light of significant demographic shifts and changing preferences. In addition to maintaining a major and principal gift portfolio, she also helped pilot new programs and technologies for the development office.

Previously, Meu spent 10 years at the University of California at Berkeley, her alma mater, as director of Cal Adventures, an outdoor education program, where she specialized in leadership development and team building. She also spent two years as a leadership consultant traveling to more than 60 universities. She volunteers for a variety of nonprofits and recently served as a member of the Chancellor's Task Force on Engagement for her alma mater, UC Berkeley.

Brian Gawor

Brian Gawor
Vice President for Research
Ruffalo Noel Levitz

Brian Gawor is a 20 year higher education veteran, and has worked in student affairs, recruitment, annual giving and major gifts. He now coordinates fundraising research for RNL, following the latest trends and industry data. He also hosts the Fundraising Voices podcast, available on Itunes, Stitcher and Spotify. He is completing his doctorate at Illinois State University.

John Tatum Grice

John Tatum Grice
Director of Annual Giving, Young Donors & Digital Strategies
Oklahoma State University

John Tatum Grice began his career in philanthropy as a student foundation member at Kansas State University, serving within the K-State Proud Student Campaign. This experience jump-started his passion for higher education philanthropy. Following graduation in 2012, he began his tenure in KSU Foundation's Annual Giving department, focused on direct mail, phonathon, student philanthropy and student life fundraising. In April of 2014, he accepted a role at the Oklahoma State University Foundation and is currently charged with developing student giving, young alumni programs and digital giving strategies.

Natasha Kanakkanatt

Natasha Kanakkanatt
Regional Engagement Officer, Northeast and Midwest U.S.
The Ohio State University

Natasha Kanakkanatt joined the alumni association in 2015 as the assistant director of young alumni engagement. In this role, she was responsible for managing and executing programs and projects to engage young alumni of Ohio State. She currently serves as the regional engagement officer for the Northeast and Midwest United States and connects Buckeyes in these regions to each other and to university activities.

Prior to her time with OSUAA, Kanakkanatt served as the director of constituent relations and annual giving at St. Vincent- St. Mary High School.

Julie Palmer

Julie Palmer
Senior Manager, Student and Young Alumni Engagement, Alumni Association
Georgia Institute of Technology Alumni Association

Julie Palmer has been with the Georgia Tech Alumni Association since June 2015, and has served as advisor for the Georgia Tech Student Foundation, the Georgia Tech Student Ambassadors, and the Georgia Tech Student Alumni Association. She is very passionate about student philanthropy, student and alumni programs, and loves engaging student leaders in the creation and implementation of those programs. Probably her proudest advising moment was when the student organizations reached more than 7,000 student donors for the first time ever in 2017.

More recently, Palmer took the lead on Georgia Tech's young alumni strategy, focusing on both engagement and giving. Along with a dynamic Young Alumni Council, she is developing a peer-to-peer solicitation model, creating programs to smooth the student to alumni transition, and building an alumni engagement road map.

Prior to her current role, she served as the advisor for the Student Alumni Connection and student philanthropy programs at Bowling Green State University. She earned a dual bachelor's degree in interpersonal and organizational communication and government and politics from George Mason University, and her master's degree in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University.

Lynne M. Pierce

Lynne Pierce
Associate Director for Student and Young Alumni Programs
Ithaca College

For almost 25 years, Lynne Pierce has worked to help create a community with Ithaca College students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends. She began in residential life, and moved to the development office in 2000. There she spent the next eight years in the Ithaca College Annual Fund where, among other duties, she was responsible for creating and advising the Senior Class Gift Campaign Committee.

In 2008 a position was created in the Office of Alumni Relations to develop and manage the student and young alumni programs at the college. Since that time, Pierce has worked to cultivate a culture of philanthropy amongst the students and young alumni of Ithaca College. As adviser to Ithaca College's Students Today Alumni Tomorrow, she supports them in their mission to promote further student involvement in the college community by building traditions, seeking links between students and alumni, and encouraging pride and spirit within the Ithaca College family.

Pierce earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and psychology from King's College and a master's degree in education from the State University of New York at Binghamton.