Rita has nearly a decade of fundraising experience in the healthcare, cultural, and higher education sectors. She has significant experience leading major, principal, and endowment gift strategies, developing proposals for individuals and foundations, securing transformative funding from government agencies, coaching and liaising with executive leadership, and planning and executing large scale commemorations and fundraising galas. Rita also serves as co-chair of her team’s DEI Committee at CCS and collaborates with several colleagues to provide programming and resources.
Prior to joining CCS, Rita was the Director of Development for the New York Region at Hadassah, served in multiple roles (including Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Major Gifts) at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust (New York’s Holocaust museum), and provided executive-level support to the Alumni and President’s Offices of Long Island University.
Rita holds an MBA (Strategic Management concentration) from CUNY Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business. She earned her MSEd in Elementary Literacy and BS in Elementary Education from Long Island University (LIU-Post). Rita resides in Westchester, NY with her husband and their very cute pup Nena. When she’s not thinking all-things fundraising, Rita enjoys traveling, cycling, hiking, baking, and learning.
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- SEEDS – Access Changes Everything
- Accademia Vivarium Novum
- Aurora Humanitarian Initiative
- The Motley Fool Foundation