The Development and Alumni Relations Office is open Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm.
Office of Development and Alumni Relations
4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144-5497
Jesse R. Shafer
Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
Jesse joined PhilaU in July 2010 and remains focused on supporting his teammates to ensure the success of the Office of Development and Alumni Relations' numerous supporter-engagement programs. He works closely with the University’s senior leadership, the Board of Trustees and his teammates to rally PhilaU alumni and other supporters behind the University's strategic imperatives, including Power to Innovate: The Campaign for Philadelphia University, a five-year, $40 million comprehensive fundraising effort that surpassed its financial goal more than 18 months ahead of schedule. He brings to the University more than 20 years of diverse experience in fundraising with, among other organizations, Temple University, The Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Devereux Pennsylvania and The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. Prior to joining PhilaU, Jesse served for more than nine years as senior campaign director and, for the last several years, vice president with CCS Fund Raising, one of the nation’s oldest and largest fundraising consulting firms. He received his undergraduate degree in English from La Salle University.
Assistant Vice President of Development Operations
Tracie joined PhilaU in February 2014 to oversee operations for Development and Alumni Relations, with a focus on donor relations and stewardship, database management, research, and analytics. Her fundraising career began 16 years ago at Rutgers University-Camden as Assistant Director of Development responsible for scholarship fundraising and donor stewardship. She then joined St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, PA as Director of Donor Relations, where she implemented a donor-centered approach for fundraising and stewardship. Tracie received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a master’s degree in Liberal Studies from Rutgers University. She currently serves as President of the Rutgers University-Camden Alumni Association Board.
Michael S. Molloy
Assistant Vice President for Major Gifts and Planned Giving
Michael joined PhilaU in May 2011 and is responsible for engaging alumni and friends in the life of the University. He is also reinvigorating the planned giving program and encouraging donors to include PhilaU in their estate plans. He came to PhilaU from the Devereux Foundation, serving as the national director of development. Mike oversaw the successful completion of a $20 million capital campaign and the effort to meet a major challenge grant. He has also held leadership fundraising positions at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Philadelphia Zoo. Mike received his undergraduate degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Robert J. Skomorucha
Director of Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations
Rob, who joined PhilaU in October 2010, works with faculty and staff to advance the University’s Award-Winning Strategic Plan by managing a portfolio of corporate and foundation prospects. He also works closely with the Office of the Provost to provide support to University researchers and other faculty and staff in all facets of government grant application and management. Rob previously worked at Widener University, where he served as the director of government and external relations. He helped to attract $2.2 million in government capital construction awards and approximately $3 million in earmarks and competitive grants for academic programs. His higher education experience also includes serving as the assistant vice president for government and community relations at Saint Joseph’s University. Rob received his undergraduate degree in humanities from Saint Joseph’s.
Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, Development and Alumni Relations
Melissa joined PhilaU in July 2016 and is responsible for managing alumni relations and annual giving for the University. She came from the American Friends Service Committee where she served as the Director of Annual Giving. Her development experience also includes fundraising for Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals, National Association for Continence, Outward Bound West and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Melissa received her undergraduate degree in communications from Drexel University.
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations
Kelsey joined PhilaU in May 2016 from Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region, where she served as Manager of Special Events and Donor Relations. Previously, Kelsey was the Annual Fund Officer and Assistant to the Director Advancement at Mercy Career and Technical High School. In her current role, Kelsey manages a variety of programs, events, and activities designed to nurture connections between alumni and the University. She received her undergraduate degree in communications from Cabrini College.
Rayannin came to PhilaU in June 2016 and is responsible for the processing of alumni, foundation and corporate gifts. Her duties also include database maintenance to keep solicitation and acknowledgement as up to date and accurate as possible. Rayannin came to PhilaU with 8 years of non-profit experience from the Philadelphia Museum of Art where she worked maintaining the database and generating solicitation campaigns for the Membership Department there. Rayannin received her undergraduate degree in art history from Temple University.
John came to PhilaU in November 2007 and supports the effective solicitation of major gifts through individual prospect research and the development of donor profiles. Prior to joining PhilaU, he conducted donor and grant research and development duties for a variety of non-profit organizations, including the Ecological Society of America and the Anti-Defamation League, among others. John received his undergraduate degree in political science from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree in political management from The George Washington University.
Executive Administrative Assistant
Alicia joined PhilaU in December 2013 and is responsible for managing the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, and coordinating the Vice President’s calendar and work flow. Alicia came to PhilaU from Main Line Health System, where she served as the Senior Executive Assistant in the Human Resources Department. She received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Peirce College.