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Interim Director Mary Coniglio appointed Executive Director of the Portland State University Alumni Association
Author: PSU Alumni Association
Posted: July 6, 2020

The PSU Alumni Association is proud to announce that current interim director Mary Coniglio has been appointed permanent executive director.

“Mary has served and supported a generation of students, families, donors, volunteers and visitors,” said Eric Brown, president of the PSU Alumni Association and COO of Ronald McDonald House Charities Oregon & SW Washington. “We are thrilled to appoint her to this important role.”

Coniglio brings more than 30 years of experience in non-profit fundraising, and alumni and volunteer engagement. She was hired as assistant athletic director at Portland State University in 1993 before finding her true calling championing students and alumni.

Over the years she has worked closely with the Alumni Association team and its board of directors, PSU’s Student Affairs office, with most every student group on campus, and with the PSU Foundation to help ensure that PSU students can find their place in the world and maintain a strong affinity with their alma mater once they leave campus.

“In naming Mary executive director, we are recognizing her vision to expand what is possible at the intersection of engagement, fundraising and advocacy,” said PSU Foundation President Sarah Schwarz.

Coniglio has also long served as an important campus and community leader. She helped launch PSU’s flagship Portland State of Mind festival and the PSU Salutes awards, and worked alongside the Alumni Association Board, the Advocates Committee and PSU’s Legislative Affairs team to galvanize community and legislative support for Portland State and its remarkable students.

"I am delighted that Mary has assumed leadership of the PSU Alumni Association, said PSU President Stephen Percy. “She brings exceptional talents in program innovation, collaboration, and a commitment to forming the connections that link members of the Association to campus life and our students.”