Role: Laura is responsible for designing and implementing individual and planned giving strategies that lead to lasting engagement and philanthropic support for the Washington College of Law. Therefore, Laura works with WCL leadership, and including the Dean and members of the Dean’s Advisory Council on fundraising priorities that further their mission and vision; and simultaneously fosters relationships with alumni, parents and friends who are vested supporters. Bio: Laura most recently worked at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she held a position as the Director of Development for CMUs College of Fine Arts. Laura is a graduate of the Washington College of Law. She returned to WCL to assume the position of Associate Dean in February 2020. She brings extensive experience garnered from positions at educational and arts institutions, where she has led individual giving and gift planning strategy and execution Laura earned her undergraduate degrees in psychology and anthropology from University of Michigan, and her law degree from American University’s Washington College of Law.
Role: Andrew is responsible for the strategic implementation of WCL’s alumni engagement, annual giving, stewardship and donor relations, corporate and foundation relations, and advancement operations/data/gift processing operations. Through these areas, Andrew’s primary mission is to create a lifelong culture of engagement and philanthropy to WCL with its alumni population. Bio: Andrew is a proud resident of Southwest D.C., where he lives with his wonderful husband and two handsome dogs. He is a native of Tennessee and a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). He is currently the President of the DC State Fair and is pursuing an M.S. in Data Analytics and Policy from Johns Hopkins University. Previously, Andrew served as the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations at UTC, overseeing alumni communications, chapter/regional programs, affinity groups, and data integrity. Later, he was promoted to lead UTC’s annual giving program, advancing the direct marketing, phonathon, faculty/staff/student philanthropy, and board giving programs.
Matthew Pascocello, Esq.
Director of Alumni Career and Professional Development
Role: Matthew leads WCL’s alumni professional development efforts through individual and programmatic counseling, access to a well-developed alumni network, and providing customized resources and coaching on matters involving career management, practice development, and career-change dynamics. He built and oversees WCL’s Alumni Mentor Database, with nearly 1,000 alumni participants, publishes WCL’s weekly Alumni Career Development Listserv (6,500+ subscribers) and Alumni Bulletin Board, features alumni Mentors of the Month, and presents monthly Alumni Webinars across practice sectors and fields. Bio: Matthew received a BA in Economics and Political Science from Boston University and his JD from Georgetown. He also completed programs at the London School of Economics and the National University of Singapore. Previous to joining WCL, Matthew worked as a corporate and international trade attorney in NYC and served as in-house Legal Counsel and Manager of Legal Information Systems for a Parisian-based, multinational assistance services company.
Role: Erik supports the Office of Development and Alumni Relations by promoting a culture of philanthropy and engagement by designing and implementing all digital and print materials for communication to WCL's alumni. Erik is also in charge of the digital signage throughout campus which is used for various events held on campus as well as day-to-day postings of events, calendars, and maps. Bio:Erik earned his BA in Digital Arts from George Mason University. Besides his devilishly good looks (and oddly-shaped egghead) he's an awesome graphic designer with experience in higher education and a wide range of freelance work. Erik thoroughly enjoys being a visual communicator with the unique challenges it brings and conquering them through simple and engaging design.