Devon Villa Gessert

Devon Villa Gessert

Director, Research & Prospect Management
Office of Development and Alumni Relations

  • Devon is a native Washingtonian and has been with American University since August 2002. As Director, Devon manages prospect research functions, prospect management functions, and special projects. Prior to AU, she worked in the Development Office of the Atlanta Women’s Foundation and KCET-TV Public Television in Los Angeles. Devon serves as Board President of the APRA-Metro DC chapter. Most recently, she served as Co-Chair of the Volunteer Committee for Prospect Development 2014: APRA's 27th Annual International Conference in Las Vegas in 2014, and in 2013, she served as the Co-Chair of the Mid-Atlantic Researchers Conference. Devon is an active member of the Association of Prospect Researchers for Advancement (APRA), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Association of Advancement Services Professionals (AASP). She has presented at the following conferences: 2014 APRA VA conference, 2014 and 2013 Ellucian Conference, 2014 CASE Conference, and the 2012 AASP Summit.
  • Degrees

    SOC BA '95
  • Favorite Spot on Campus:

    The new SOC Building!

    Book Currently Reading:

    Unconscious Bias by Howard Ross

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