Social Work Spotlight: Meet Individual Giving Officer Katy Willoughby

Katy Willoughby smilingKaty Willoughby is nearing her one year anniversary with the School of Social Work serving as our Individual Giving Officer. Katy obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and American Culture from the University of Michigan and currently supports the School's mission through philanthropic engagement with University alumni, faculty, and friends. Katy also manages the School's Board of Visitors linking community organizations and area leaders to activities and engagement opportunities within the School.

What is your favorite thing about your job?

Interviewing alumni is one of my favorite parts of the job. Hearing first-hand from alums their personal stories of accomplishment since graduation is always interesting. School of Social Work alumni have incredible stories rich with Detroit history and in some cases with unconventional career paths I didn't expect. I am always amazed to hear what our alumni chose to do with their social work degrees and how much enjoyment they have had in their careers.

Do you have any advice for incoming students?

Join a student org! When I look back on my college experience I'm grateful that I was active in a student organization. Student orgs are a great way to meet people. They also introduce you to new opportunities and experiences that you may not otherwise experience while at the University.

Do you have any advice for graduating students and alumni?

Support others in their careers, as you grow in yours. Whether you're just starting out or are a well-seasoned professional, supporting friends, former classmates, current colleagues, and others truly goes a long way. You never know when your path may cross a former supervisor from your field placement! Maintaining positive connections with others can take you far!

How can those interested in giving connect with you remotely?

I can be reached at or 313-577-4429.

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