Hello, Comm Leaders! My name is Molly Schachter and I’m thrilled to introduce myself as your Community Advancement Officer. In this new role I will strengthen the program’s powerful community by managing how we connect the dots between students, alumni, partners and supporters. My work will deepen alumni engagement, increase philanthropic support, and streamline how we work with our partners. These efforts will increase the number of opportunities for all members of the Comm Lead community – particularly students – to form meaningful, symbiotic relationships.
Community building has been a common thread throughout my career. My parents met when they were community organizers, so I like to say that it is in my DNA. Understanding how to engage, connect, and influence others is a fundamental skill of community-building and I relish the opportunity to inspire others into action and create experiences that are meaningful to those involved.
I am a proud UW Communication and Political Science alumna, and studied intentional communities for three months while immersed in the city of Auroville, an international community in Tamil Nadu, India. I began my career at UW working on donor-targeted marketing as a member of the Advancement Communications team after specializing in events at Mackay Hospitality.
Prior to joining the Comm Lead team, I was the Assistant Director of Regional Alumni Relations for UW Advancement and built alumni communities in New York, Washington, D.C., and California by empowering volunteers to serve as ambassadors on behalf of their alma mater. Before focusing on regional audiences, I enhanced engagement opportunities for the UW Foundation Board of Directors while working for the Vice President of UW Advancement.
When I’m not standing at my desk in CMU 244 or racing between meetings, I’m usually chowing my way around Seattle, obsessing over the latest musical and/or Seahawks game, or planning a weekend getaway. I grew up in the Seattle area but understand this city can be tough to break into socially. For that reason, I am a big proponent of the anti-“Seattle-freeze” so most of the activities I engage in involve meeting new people or trying new things as an attempt to expand my community. I look forward to meeting you and including you in these efforts!