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Office of Development and Alumni Relations

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences development and alumni relations team engages alumni and the broader community in the life of the college. We develop active volunteers, well-informed alumni, and committed donors. Our mission is to help the community make a meaningful contribution to the important work of the college and to ensure the college has the resources it needs to maximize its impact. We seek support for student scholarships, encourage interest in funding for faculty and research centers, and generate resources to sustain and expand the college’s educational footprint.

Connect with a member of our team to learn more about how to get involved in supporting our college.

Our Team

Eleanor Weis

Eleanor Weis, MPA
Director of Development

Eleanor has worked in fundraising for 20+ years, most recently at Mason for six years. She is responsible for the strategic goals for the team, serves as an advocate for the college’s goals, and is a resource to faculty and staff who wish to donate or to learn how to raise funds. Upon request, Eleanor offers a “How to Ask” workshop and has taught classes in Donor Stewardship and Professional Presence and Communication.

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Dawn Cassidy
Development Operations Manager

Operations Planning and Effectiveness

Dawn's work encompasses every aspect of office operation, especially prospect management, board relations, stewardship, and development activities for a campaign. She works closely with chairs, directors, and departmental staff to execute stewardship programs and provides financial management of our foundation accounts.


Alecia Bryan
Associate Director of Development
Communications, Grants, and Major Gifts

Alecia is the team’s strategic development communities lead – managing corporate and foundation grant applications, donor-specific proposals, direct mail, annual reports, newsletters, and alumni profiles. Alecia also works with top prospects and major donors on their initiatives.

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Kevin Stoy
Associate Director of Development 
Major Gifts and College Initiatives

In addition to his work as the lead major gift officer, Kevin collaborates with chairs and directors to plan and execute fundraising strategies for CHSS research centers and academic units.  Kevin works to support the college’s strategic priorities, including diversity and inclusion initiatives.  


Nikki Jerome

Nikki Jerome Ouellette
Associate Director of Development

Leadership Annual Giving

Nikki is a double alumna of George Mason University and as associate director, she is responsible for securing volunteer support and financial resources for the college with an emphasis on helping alumni manifest their passion into meaningful philanthropic and volunteer support for the college. She also leads the team for scholarship management, alumni recognition, and annual fund support.


Nadia Daghistani
Assistant Director of Development 
Events, Alumni Engagement, Giving

Building on her success leading the fundraising events for the Center for Psychological Services, Nadia is also developing virtual events for alumni engagement and events to honor alumni achievement. She is the project lead for LinkUp events, which involve alumni in student mentoring.  Nadia builds off of these events to form meaningful relationships with prospects and donors.