Ellen Leverich '90

Ellen Leverich ’90 serves Geneseo as the vice president for college advancement and executive director of the Geneseo Foundation

Leverich leads the college advancement division and manages a team of 19 professionals engaged in development and alumni relations. She brings nearly 30 years of experience in higher education and non-profit philanthropy, most recently at the Bloomsburg University Foundation in Bloomsburg, PA, where she has served as associate vice president for development for two years.

During her tenure at the Bloomsburg University Foundation, the development team grew the school’s annual philanthropy by 69 percent, raising more than $10 million in the last fiscal year. In addition, she developed the strategy for Bloomsburg University's next capital campaign and the cultivation of a 73,000 alumni base. She oversaw all components of the development operation, including principal gifts, major gifts, planned giving, and direct response marketing and communications. 

Prior to Bloomsburg, Leverich worked for 17 years as director of development at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy in Richmond, VA. In addition to other responsibilities there, she increased leadership gifts by 95 percent and helmed the strategy, direction, and success of a six-year capital campaign. She also spent seven years in major gift development and campaign direction at the United Way of Roanoke Valley in Roanoke, VA.

Leverich recently completed the Leadership Central Penn program in Bloomsburg, PA, and the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University. She currently serves as vice president of Richmond’s Foundation for Family and Community Healing, and she was a certified court-appointed special advocate in Richmond from 2014 through 2018.