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. The station’s development program accounts for approximately 50 percent of the station’s annual operating budget. For the most recently completed fiscal year ending April 30, 2014, WAMU's highly diversified individual giving program enjoyed a record year with approximately $11.554 million raised and pledged from more than 56,000 active donors. In the summer of 2013, the station relocated to a new facility on Connecticut Avenue in the nation’s capital, and significant major gift fundraising is well underway to fund the conversion of the building to create a media center and community resource. More...
Walt is also responsible for raising funds for WAMU's secondary music station, Bluegrass Country, which has 1,610 loyal members and enjoys support from listeners around the world. From 2013-2014, Bluegrass Country’s audience increased 30 percent and major giving from Bluegrass Country donors increased by 107 percent.
Walt has enjoyed a 26-year career in public media, serving as a Greater Public © philanthropic fundraising advisor for public media stations since early 2001. Previous employment in the system includes the Florida Public Broadcasting Service, the Friends of WLRN in South Florida and WUWF in Pensacola/Ft. Walton Beach, Florida.
His fundraising career also includes work for the American Red Cross, the American Lung Association of Florida and the Department of Defense Overseas Shows program in Okinawa, Japan. Other employment includes operating a Zamboni Ice Resurfacer, teaching SCUBA as a PADI Open Water Instructor, and serving a tour as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Walt is an active volunteer leader within the profession and he is a current member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Washington DC Metro Chapter. Prior AFP service includes one term on the International Board of Directors, and within the Professional Advancement Division, Chair and member of the Education and Training Committee, Chair of the Quality Assurance Task Force, co-chair of the AFP Collegiate Chapter Task Force, two terms on the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Board of Trustees, three years as Chair of the AFP Foundation Donor Relations Committee, two years as Chair of the AFP Communications & Marketing Committee and service on the AFP Leadership Academy Task Force.
He originally received his Certified Fund Raising Executive designation in 1995. In October 2008, he achieved certification as an Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive (ACFRE). Following the completion of the AFP Faculty Training Academy in 2002, he received the designation of AFP Master Teacher.
Walt was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors for Community 1st in America’s Charities in 2010, and in 2014, we was appointed Chair of the Community 1st Board.
Walt received the Public Radio Association of Development Officer’s Award as the Outstanding Public Radio Development Professional in July 2005, and was named the AFP (then NSFRE) West Florida Chapter's Outstanding Fund Raising Professional in 1998.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Maryland in 1981, and a Master of Arts in Communication Arts from the University of West Florida in 1996.
- Stacy Mitchell, Assistant Director of Development, Membership
- Lauren Gulley, Giving Officer
- Lucile (Lucy) Horn, Manager, Member Services
- Rachel Lawrence, Member Service Associate
- James Coates, Member Service Associate
- Gina Arevalo, Member Service Associate
- Tenesha Vines, Coordinator, Gift Administration
- Nancy Feldman, Gift Specialist
- Erika Maxberry, Gift Specialist
- Linda Nyakundi, Gift Specialist
- Wendy Ponvert, Assistant Director of Development, Leadership Giving
- Melanie McCarty, Major Giving Officer
- Louisa Swain, Major Giving Officer
- Eliza Saunders, Planned Giving Manager
- Susan Thomas, Foundation Relations/Grants Coordinator
- Allison Dickinson, Development Communication Coordinator
- Joelle Costello, Assistant Director of Development, On-Air and Online
- Anthony Washington, Volunteer Service Coordinator
Membership questions: 202-885-1252 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Major giving or Leadership Circle questions: 202-885-2802 or email@example.com
Volunteer Opportunities: 202-885-1254 or firstname.lastname@example.org