Individual Giving Officer
5447 Woodward Avenue, #269
A native Detroiter, Port worked for eight years as the development officer of the Henry Ford Village Retirement Community prior to joining Wayne State. Port was a one-woman-show, overseeing a robust student scholarship program, annual campaigns, events, planned giving, and volunteer activities. Most of Port's career has been working with individuals across the life-spectrum from youth to older adults, including serving as a third-grade teacher for 11 years. Port previously worked with at-risk youth at the Village of Boys Town, a residential treatment community in Omaha, Nebraska. While at Boy’s Town, Port worked with children with a dual diagnosis and a history of severe trauma in the Boys Town National Research Hospital step-down program. In addition, Port worked at Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, a residential treatment home for court and privately placed youth working as the admissions director, conducting therapeutic assessments for placement, and cultivating relationships with social workers across the state through in person presentations.
As the School of Social Work Individual Giving Officer, Port supports and participates in fundraising efforts, strategies and initiatives for the School. Port cultivates, solicits and stewards annual gift donors to meet established fundraising goals.
Degrees and Certifications
- Bachelor of Science, Western Michigan University
- Certification in Specialized Treatment Foster Care