Job Title: Executive Director of the Annual Fund

Organization: Rice University

Degree(s): BA (English)

Certifications: CFRE

Emily Kernan, CFRE, has worked in higher education advancement for over ten years, the last seven of which were in the Rice Annual Fund at Rice University in Houston. She is currently the executive director of the Annual Fund, overseeing a staff of 16 class officers and direct marketers. Prior to serving as the executive director, Ms. Kernan founded the Rice Annual Fund Student Initiative (RAFSI) with the help of several capable undergraduates who wished to make an impact at the university and led the Rice young alumni giving program, increasing the number of leadership donors and volunteers throughout her tenure. Prior to joining Rice University, Ms. Kernan was an associate director in the Lafayette College Annual Fund in Easton, PA. Ms. Kernan became a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) in December 2012 and earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton University in 2006. Like many fundraising professionals, her beloved work as a student Telefund caller at her alma mater led to a career in development.

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