Dec. 19, 2016; Washington, D.C. – Stephanie Witte currently Assistant Vice Chancellor of Development for Health Sciences at UCLA, will become NPR's Chief Development Officer, announced Jarl Mohn, President and CEO of NPR. Her appointment begins January 23 and follows an extensive national search.
Witte's career includes leading fundraising roles at major universities and complex medical institutions, where she has overseen teams responsible for multi-million dollar fundraising campaigns and the cultivation and stewardship of major gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations. As NPR's Chief Development Officer, Witte will work in partnership with NPR's Development team, Foundation Trustees, and leaders at Member stations, to build collaborative fundraising capacities and help NPR secure transformational gifts for public radio, both nationally and locally.
"Stephanie brings a rare combination of skills and experiences that include proven success working on large-scale fundraising efforts, intellect and creativity, leadership skills, a dynamic style, and an incredibly deep and personal love of public radio. She will be a guide and champion for the Development team and their continued success," said Mohn. "The NPR team works tirelessly with leaders at Member stations to connect donors to local and national causes about which they care, to nurture and deepen relationships with major foundations and supporters of public radio, and to build a solid and long-term foundation of support for the industry. Stephanie will be a strong partner to me in growing support for NPR."
"I have had the great pleasure of working with incredible scientists and academics along my career to advance critical and innovative medical research, but the opportunity to join the NPR team is more than a dream job; for me, it is a tremendous honor and personal calling," said Witte. "NPR is one of the great gifts to American society, an institution that educates and empowers us, a cultural docent, and a force that pushes us to think beyond ourselves. I am ecstatic to join this institution and contribute to all that is NPR."
As the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Development for Health Sciences at UCLA, Witte has led a team that has exceeded its multi-million dollar fundraising goals this year and has built the groundwork for UCLA's $4 billion Centennial Campaign, of which she is responsible for $2 billion for the medical enterprise. Former Executive Director of Development at Columbia University Medical Center, she successfully closed and stewarded significant individual gifts and built collaborative, cross-departmental teams resulting in 5-year strategic plans for all divisions within the Department of Medicine. Earlier in her career at the University of California she established quarterly grassroots and major fundraising events and oversaw the successful implementation of major campaigns as well as leadership gifts in support of medical research.
NPR connects to audiences on the air, online, and in person. More than 26 million radio listeners tune in to NPR each week and more than 30 million unique visitors access NPR.org each month making NPR one of the most trusted sources of news and insights on life and the arts. NPR shares compelling stories, audio and photos with millions of social media users on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Snapchat; NPR News and NPR One apps, online streaming, podcasts, iTunes radio and connected car dashboards help meet audiences where they are. NPR's live events bring to the stage two-way conversations between NPR hosts and the audience in collaboration with the public radio Member Station community. This robust access to public service journalism makes NPR an indispensable resource in the media landscape.
Isabel Lara, NPR Media Relations