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Johanna Thoeresz ’87, currently director of development at the Catlin Gabel School in Portland, Oregon, will join Reed College as director of development on July 16.

"I am looking forward to working with Johanna in raising funds to support Reed's mission," says Hugh Porter, vice president of development. "In the recently completed Campaign for Reed College, we raised over $50 million from friends and alumni in the Pacific Northwest. With her strong experience developing philanthropy in Oregon and Washington, Johanna will help us continue to build our important sources of regional support."

Thoeresz’s responsibilities at Reed will include leading and managing the development program for public affairs and development, providing support to the trustees’s development committee, and overseeing the annual fund, corporate and foundation relations, major gifts, planned giving, and development research. She looks forward to applying her skills and experience as a member of Reed’s development office. In particular, she welcomes the challenges presented by the college’s recent campaign success and hopes to continue building support for Reed.

Thoeresz has been an active member of the Catlin Gabel development office since 1988, when she helped raise $9 million for the school’s expected $3 million capital campaign. Appointed the school’s director of development in 1993, her continuing goal was to ensure that annual giving would not decline as the campaign ebbed. In fact, the annual fund met and exceeded ten percent increases over the last eight years. Thoeresz is currently leading a $20 million campaign for capital enhancement to the Catlin Gabel upper and beginning school, as well as the professional development endowment.

"I am pleased and honored to have been chosen for the director of development position," says Thoeresz. "As a student, my professors at Reed inspired my creativity and wholehearted effort. I hope to contribute these qualities to the college's advancement and look forward to being a part of the public affairs and development team–a group of professionals I already respect enormously."

Thoeresz graduated from Reed in 1987 with a bachelor of arts in German literature.

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