Office of Advancement

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Office of Advancement (OA) is dedicated to creating meaningful connections to advance the mission of the School. OA strategically fosters lifelong relationships with alums, parents, friends, and organizations to strengthen engagement and philanthropy.

We facilitate pathways to investment in SAIC through philanthropic councils, donor events, alumni relations, volunteer opportunities, and strategic communications.

Contact Us

Office of Advancement

116 S. Michigan Ave., 5th floor, 
Chicago, IL 60603

Phone: 312.499.4190

Vice President, Advancement

Courtney Rowe

Executive Director, Development

Reneé Finnell

Director, Development

Stephanie Lentz Wilkinson

Associate Director, Development–Parent and Family Philanthropy

Lauren Suitors

Director, Annual Giving & Alumni Engagement

Mary Beauchamp

Director, Donor Relations, Advancement Communications & Events

Christine Grodecki

Assistant Director, Engagement & Events

Aidan Korte

Assistant Director, Donor Relations & Advancement Communications

Yesenia Bello

Executive Director, Strategic Information & Prospect Development

John McBride

Associate Director, Strategic Information

Alex Marianyi

Assistant Director, Research & Prospect Management

Mackenzie White

Development Coordinator, Advancement Operations

Catherine Crain