As senior vice chancellor for philanthropic and alumni engagement, Kris Davitt directs fundraising and cultivates relationships with contributors, alumni and other constituents on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh and its clinical partner UPMC. In this role, she oversees a staff of more than 270 and also leads efforts to connect with Pitt’s more than 331,000 alumni across the world.
Davitt’s career in fundraising spans more than 25 years. Prior to joining Pitt, she served as associate vice president for development for undergraduate programs at the University of Pennsylvania and vice president for development at Brown University. At both institutions, she held leadership roles in multibillion-dollar fundraising campaigns.
At the University of Pennsylvania, Davitt provided leadership and strategic direction to secure and strengthen philanthropic support among undergraduate alumni and parents of undergraduate students. During this time, she oversaw record-setting fundraising and donor participation from undergraduate alumni as well as significant increases in parent engagement and annual giving. She also led efforts to secure gifts of more than $250 million for undergraduate financial aid.
Before working in higher education, Davitt held positions at several human service nonprofits in Philadelphia. She earned a Bachelor of Arts, graduating magna cum laude, with a concentration in international relations at Brown University. She also holds a Master of Arts in nonprofit and human services management from Rider University.