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NPR Names Chief Development Officer

Stephanie Witte comes from an academic background

National Public Radio has tapped UCLA’s current assistant vice chancellor of development for health sciences to serve as its new chief development officer. Stephanie Witte’s appointment is effective Jan. 23, NPR President and CEO Jarl Mohn announced in a press release.

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,” said Mohn.

She has previously held fundraising roles at universities and medical institutions. In addition to her work at UCLA, Witte is the former executive director of development at Columbia University Medical Center and has worked at the University of California on quarterly grassroots and major fundraising events.