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Caridad’s passion to give to the University Libraries stems from her life-long love of literature and belief that access to diverse educational resources is key to social advancement. Inspired by her mother’s community activism and philanthropic passions, Caridad aims to apply her upbringing and experience in nonprofit engagement to the University Libraries. Caridad enjoys partnering with donors to maximize their gift impact within the University Libraries while supporting student success.
Caridad has over a ten years of experience within development—she joined the Penn State family in December 2018. She started her career at her alma mater, The New School, as a Development Assistant. Caridad was hired immediately after graduation from a pool of successful phonathon student callers. After a few years at The New School, Caridad entered the field of healthcare fundraising, working at a few leading medical institutions such as Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Mount Sinai Medical Center. Caridad worked to support Major and Principal gifts fundraisers, maintaining successful portfolios while shadowing talented leaders within the healthcare nonprofit sector. When Caridad moved to New Jersey she transitioned back to higher education fundraising and worked as an assistant director of development for leadership gifts at Seton Hall University. There, she was able to reinvigorate several principal giving societies and led the charge to diversify the University’s donor base.
She holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts with a minor in urban planning from The New School University in New York City. Caridad enjoys many types of literature but is particularly drawn to magical surrealism and historical fiction. Her favorite author is Gabriel García Márquez.