Raina Lenney serves as assistant vice president for alumni relations. The alumni relations staff work closely with the university leadership, school and colleges, alumni, and Board of Trustees to support AU’s strategic priorities, attract new funding, and build lifelong relationships between AU and its 100,000 alumni.
Ms. Lenney joined American University in October 2009. As assistant vice president of alumni relations, she has worked to advance the mission of the university through programs, benefits, and services designed to engage AU’s alumni constituency. She oversees all aspects of the alumni relations and annual giving programs, including the AU Alumni Association board; domestic, local, and international programs; affinity outreach; school based outreach; student and young alumni programs, and phone, mail and e-solicitation outreach. During her tenure at AU, alumni engagement has more than doubled. Annual giving has benefitted from her team’s innovative approach, with new programs like AU’s first day of giving, the Founder’s Relay, which set a record for new donors in a single day.
Prior to joining the staff of American University, she served as senior director for alumni relations at The George Washington University. Ms. Lenney previously worked in the annual fund office, then development communications, before transitioning into alumni relations. She is actively involved in CASE and the Association of Private College and University Alumni Directors (PCUAD) and serves as a member of the board of directors for the Private College 529 Savings Plan. She earned a BA from Florida State University and MA from The George Washington University.
Meet the President's Council, a group made up of members of the president’s cabinet (senior university administrators), the academic deans (academic leadership), the university librarian, and the director of athletics and recreation.