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Aurora Carmichael

Director for Grants Administration & Program Development Washington College of Law

Aurora Carmichael is a Director at American University Washington College of Law. She is a senior manager and insightful leader charged with pioneering compelling projects that convey the law school’s mission and promote the institutional profile locally and abroad. Aurora serves as chief fundraising officer for sponsored programs and special projects and is responsible for stewardship and oversight of the law school’s private foundation, government, and international fundraising portfolio. In addition, she oversees the strategic, administrative, and operational aspects of summer and certificate programs in Washington, D.C., leveraging opportunities for collaboration, market expansion, and revenue enhancement. She is a trailblazer in the workplace and in the community -- her contributions to the law school and university have been recognized with the University Award for Outstanding Staff Performance and, in the community, she serves as Founder and President of the Broadwater Estates Community Association and Chair of the Advisory Board of St. Columba School in Maryland. Aurora came to Washington, D.C. in 1992, after being selected by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute for a public policy fellowship and, thereafter, held positions with the Office of Senator Claiborne Pell from Rhode Island, the Special Assignment Unit at Cable News Network (CNN), and the Office of Senate Fair Employment Practices. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley where she received her A.B. in the Social Science Field with an emphasis in International Relations and also studied the law and economics of international relations at the Institute of Political Science at the Université de Lyon, Lumiére II in Lyon, France. She completed an M.B.A. at the Kogod School of Business at American University with a specialization in International Finance and is fluent in French and Spanish and has working profiency of Italian. 


AB, U.C. Berkeley; MBA, American University

WCL - Grants & Programs
WCL (4910 Mass) - 118
Contact Info
(202) 274-4115 (Office)

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