Director of Major Gifts and Grants
Shawna Erickson brings twenty years of experience in fundraising and program development to her role as the Foundation’s new Major Gifts and Grants Director. Most recently, Shawna served as the Dean of Institutional Support at Regis College where she built significant streams of the University’s fundraising arm by growing local, regional, and national grant awards that contributed to the success of the largest fundraising initiative in Regis’ history, the $40 million Now We Fly comprehensive campaign. In addition to her development work in higher education, she has experience in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 education and the humanities at organizations including the Worcester Public Schools, the Worcester Center for Crafts, and the Fuller Museum. Shawna brings a mission-driven, collaborative approach to program development, philanthropic alignment, relationship building, and stewardship.
Shawna holds a bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies from Stonehill College, a master’s degree in art history from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a master’s degree in non-profit management from Worcester State University, and a doctorate of education from Regis College. A native of Central Massachusetts, Shawna now resides in Rhode Island.