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Rita Walters

Rita Walters

With over 25 years of notable achievements in fundraising and finance, Ms. Walters rserved as Chief Development Officer for the Washington National Cathedral (WNC) where she had been responsible for providing direction and strategic vision for all aspects of the Cathedral's advancement activities. Rita led a team of development professionals raising millions to support both operations and capital projects. As a member of the Dean's senior cabinet, she maintained active relationships with the governing board, as well as internal and external constituencies, in advancing the Cathedral's mission as a spiritual home for the nation. Under her leadership, she introduced sound fundraising principles utilizing proven methodologies leading to increased funding in all areas of support.

Prior to WNC, Rita served at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) as a Senior Associate Director of Development for the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, where she secured many high dollar endowment and capital gifts and bequests, and alumni came to view her as an especially thoughtful bridge builder. She also played an integral and creative role in the development of The Center for Africana Studies' Artist in Residence program, which has attracted artists like Renee Stout and Hank Willis Thomas. In addition, Rita has worked for several Baltimore area non­profits.

Rita received her Master of Liberal Arts degree from JHU, where she also earned a graduate certificate in Non-Profit Studies through the Institute of Policy Studies Center for Civil Society. She completed her undergraduate studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University with a major in Accounting. Her passion for the arts started early in life; she majored in theatre at Arts High School in Newark, NJ, and continued to perform locally for many years thereafter.