Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) welcomes Michelle LeMay Santiago as the new Director of Development. Michelle brings to CNEWA more than 25 years of nonprofit leadership, with extensive experience implementing major gift and individual giving campaigns, securing public-private partnerships, creating and marketing donor stewardship programs, and coaching teams of exceptional staff. Michelle most recently worked with Jumpstart for Young Children where she led a team of Development Directors nationally in strategy and implementation to achieve their $10.4 million annual goal. She has also held senior leadership roles with a number of notable charities, including New York Cares, 92Y, City Harvest, Special Olympics and the FDNY Foundation.
As the Director of Development for CNEWA, Michelle will design and implement a comprehensive development plan that supports the goals of CNEWA, including planning, analysis, implementation, major donor identification and cultivation, and related activities. As an essential member of the leadership team, Michelle will partner with the Chief Administrative Officer and the President to lead and manage the comprehensive growth of the development department, with a specific focus on major gifts.
Founded by Pope Pius XI in 1926, CNEWA accompanies the Eastern Catholic churches, providing support to these communities of faith which form the backbone and lifeblood of so many — regardless of faith — who suffer and struggle throughout the Middle East, Northeast Africa, India and Eastern Europe.
CNEWA’s mission is simple: to reach out to the forgotten and care for the abandoned — spiritually and materially.