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David Erwin

Chief Advancement Officer
Central Catholic High School

Describe your role at Central Catholic High School and as an advisor to the school's ASAP chapter. 

I serve as the Chief Advancement Officer for Central Catholic High School in Lawrence, Massachusetts.  I oversee Annual Giving, Major Gifts, Alumni and Parent Relations, Capital Campaigns, Planned and Bequest Giving, and Communications.

I created the Student Alumni Association (SAA) at the High School level to engage our students in the life of our office. As a former President of the SAA at Stonehill College, I learned the importance of philanthropy and remaining engaged with our alma maters once we have graduated. I thought, “Why a program like this can’t exist at a high school?” I took a risk and started the group four years ago.  It has grown from 20 members to over 300 members today. I also hope it will serve as a feeder for colleges and universities around the country that have SAA programs on their campuses.

What is most rewarding about your work? 

Being able to work with the students through the Student Alumni Association (SAA) gives me great joy seeing them grow and to achieve their goals.  I enjoy the time I spend discussing, engaging, and executing strategies with members of my team.  It is important to have great chemistry with your team members.  I try my best to serve my team with compassion and care and strive to always be open-minded to new ideas.

What have you done with CASE District I?

For the last seven years, I have served on the Conference Committee as a member of the Sponsorship Committee.

I have presented at the District Conference on two separate occasions and at several CASE ASAP National Conventions.

It’s an honor and privilege to serve with my colleagues and friends of District I.