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Walt Gillette, Development Director

Since October 2002, Walt has served as the Director of Development for WAMU 88.5, the NPR News station in the greater Washington, D.C. area, and the No. 1 radio station in the market.* The station’s diversified development program accounts for approximately 50 percent of the station’s annual operating budget. For the most recently completed fiscal year that ended April 30, 2012, WAMU's highly diversified individual giving program enjoyed a record year with approximately $9.4 million raised from more than 51,500 active donors. During the current year, annual revenues are running 6 percent ahead of the prior year, promising the seventh consecutive record year for individual giving. In the summer of 2013, the station will relocate to a new facility on Connecticut Avenue in the nation’s capital, and significant major gift fundraising has commenced to fund the conversion of the building to create a media center and community resource. More...


  • Stacy Mitchell, Assistant Director of Development, Membership
    • Lauren Gulley, Manager, Mid-level Giving
    • Lucile Horn, Manager, Member Services
      • Patrice Jackson, Member Service Associate
      • Heather Dannenfelser, Member Service Associate
    • Patricia Mowery, Coordinator, Gift Administration
      • Nancy Feldman, Gift Specialist
      • Simone Andrews, Gift Specialist
      • Erika Maxberry, Gift Specialist
  • Susan Dankoff, Director of Campaigns
    • Wendy Ponvert, Assistant Director of Development, Leadership Giving
      • Melanie McCarty, Major Giving Officer
  • Vacant, Planned Giving Officer
  • Allison Dickinson, Administrative Assistant for Development
  • Rachel Lesher, Prospect Research Analyst
  • Joelle Costello, Assistant Director of Development, On-Air and Online
  • Anthony Washington, Volunteer Service Coordinator



Membership questions: 202-885-1252 or membership@wamu.org

Major giving or Leadership Circle questions: 202-885-3802 or leadershipcircle@wamu.org

Volunteer Opportunities: 202-885-1254 or volunteer@wamu.org  

WAMU 88.5

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When Did Companies Become People? Excavating The Legal Evolution

The Supreme Court has been granting more rights to corporations, including some regarded as those solely for individuals. But Nina Totenberg finds the company-to-person shift has a long history.

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