Philanthropy at Tech - Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe

February 28, 2017, 11:00am-12:00pm
Scheller College of Business – Classroom 316

Georgia Tech is well known for the passionate loyalty and support of its alumni, which make it possible for the Institute to achieve what it never could by depending only on state support and tuition. But passion is not found only among our donors. The philanthropic support we count on in ever increasing amounts, is the product of a very professional and passionate group of administrators that are able to shrug off daily rejection, moving on to the next, and the next, and the next. Leaving no stone unturned, they feed the insatiable needs of the Institute in specialized teams focusing on individuals, corporations, and foundations – each in a targeted and specific manner. Learn about their processes, successes and failures. Maybe you’ll decide your challenges are really tolerable! - or maybe you’ll want to join their efforts as a faculty volunteer!

Caroline Wood

Executive Director of Corporate Relations

Caroline Wood has led the Corporate Relations office since April, 2010. Prior to this appointment, she served as Director of Corporate Development from 2006-2010. In her current role, Wood is responsible for providing leadership and a strategic framework to the corporate development effort of the Institute, with the objective of increasing corporate engagement and philanthropic support to the Georgia Institute of Technology and its affiliated organizations. Wood and her team work with companies to help develop and maintain strong relationships at Georgia Tech, including coordinating faculty research collaboration, student outreach, recruiting initiatives, continuing/professional education, and economic interests. Prior to joining the Central Corporate Relations office, Wood was the Director of Development for the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech where she served for eight years. She has been at Georgia Tech since 1991 and has worked in the Georgia Tech Alumni Association and the Georgia Tech Financial Aid office. Ms. Wood has an undergraduate degree in communication from Vanderbilt University.

Marta Garcia

Associate Vice President for Development

Marta started her development career in the Vassar College Development Office, in New York.  In 1996 Marta joined the Georgia Tech program as Director of Development for the College of Engineering, starting a unit-based program for Tech’s largest academic unit, and ultimately taking on responsibility for the Development activities in all of Georgia Tech’s academic programs and interdisciplinary institutes.  In this role she began reaching out to Georgia Tech’s internationally-based alumni.  Eventually she was asked to head another new operation, this time focusing on International Development, where she is now joined by three officers with specific responsibilities for Asia/Pacific (based in Shanghai),  Europe (based in Brussels) and Latin America (based in Bogotá).   She is fluent in English, Spanish, Ukrainian and Russian, and has a basic command of German and French.