Arias Joins UW Bothell as Advancement Officer

Monday, July 27, 2009
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BOTHELL, Wash. - The University of Washington Bothell is pleased to announce Melissa Arias as its new Associate Director for Advancement. "We are delighted to have Melissa join our team. She brings an impeccable record of development, fundraising and policy experience which will certainly benefit our institution" says Richard Penny, Vice Chancellor for Advancement and External Relations for the University of Washington Bothell.

As Associate Director, Arias will focus on the campus' development activities to secure major gifts and broaden the base of constituent support for the institution. Arias' most recent position was as Development Director for the Domestic Abuse Women's Network. In this role she was responsible for developing and executing fundraising and communication plans.  In just four years, through her fundraising activities she was able to increase the annual budget from $950K to 2.1 million. She also developed and implemented a successful major gift strategy that culminated in a 300% increase in unrestricted individual support over four years and the securing of over $500K in restricted capital funding. Prior, Arias was an attorney for Gendler & Mann LLC. Previous roles include work at the Center for Environmental Law & Policy and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. 

Arias received her Juris Doctor from the Seattle University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington. She also received a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Highline Community College. Additionally, she is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, National Development Officers Association, Washington State Bar Association, King County Bar Association and the Southcenter Rotary where she also served as secretary.

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About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell combines the benefits of a small campus with the resources and prestige of a world-renowned university. Offering over 30 degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, its curriculum emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, collaboration among students, and hands-on learning. UW Bothell celebrates its 20th year of operation during the 2009-10 academic year with the opening of student housing, an access ramp connecting the campus to SR522, and new degrees including a Master of Computing and Software Systems (MSCSS), and a Leadership Master of Business Administration (L-MBA) at an offsite location in Bellevue, WA.