Sterling College has appointed alumna Christina Goodwin ‘02, of Worcester, as its Dean of Advancement & Alumni Relations. In her new role, Goodwin will provide the effective leadership and administration of Sterling College’s fundraising, alumni outreach and marketing efforts.
Goodwin has a Grassroots Certificate, an Associate of Arts in Natural Resource Management (2000) and a Bachelor of Arts in Wildlands Ecology and Management (2002) from Sterling College, was a founding member of Sterling’s Alumni Task Force, and was a recent member of the Alumni Advisory Board. In addition to her foundational education at Sterling College, she holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Marlboro College, is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and will graduate from the Vermont Leadership Institute of the Snelling Center for Government in June.
“Sterling alumni do great work in the Vermont communities in which they live. Christina Goodwin is known around the state for the contributions she has made to important issues and causes at the grassroots level. To have her back at her alma mater to lead our fundraising effort is a great opportunity to bring a talented and accomplished alumna into the leadership of the College,” said Matthew Derr, Sterling’s 11th president, who is entering his seventh year leading the College.
As a leader for Sterling’s advancement effort, Goodwin will design and implement comprehensive advancement programs including annual fund, corporate underwriting, foundation relations, major gifts, planned giving, endowment, capital campaigns, marketing and stakeholder outreach. As a member of the leadership team, she will work closely with senior staff to advance the College’s strategic goals.
“My education at Sterling College can only be described as transformative,” said Goodwin. “I am thrilled for the opportunity to engage in learning and plain hard work with those that feel similarly — students, alumni, stakeholders, supporters, and the community at large.”
Sterling College is presently celebrating its 60th year and will complete the most ambitious comprehensive campaign in its history by October 2018. The Nourish the Roots Campaign has raised $10.6 million in gifts and pledges to date. In her role as Dean of Advancement & Alumni Relations, Goodwin will collaborate with the President and the College’s Board of Trustees to develop a case statement for the next campaign. “We’re thrilled to welcome Christina back to Sterling in this role that will bring to bear her understanding of and passion for Sterling’s mission and her deep experience in nonprofit development and administration,” said Eric Becker, Sterling College trustee and chair of the Advancement Committee.
Previous to her appointment at Sterling, Goodwin was the the Executive Director at Home Share Now for seven years. Prior to that she was a Co-Manager for the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps’ School Program, the Director for the Lamoille County Natural Resources Conservation District & Nature Center, and a grant writer for food access and security programs. Goodwin currently serves as secretary for the People’s Health & Wellness Clinic’s Board of Trustees and the Town of Worcester’s Social Concerns Committee.