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Giovanna Saffos

Giovanna Saffos

Development Director

First State Ballet Theatre

Wilmington, DE

Development Director at @fsbtheatre on a mission to move more behinds to theater seats. Passionate for the performing arts, marketing & travel. Opinions = mine.

Digital media marketing fundraising Web design- squarespace Portuguese- Fluent

Marketing | Advertising | Arts | International Business | Creative Problem Solving

Marketing/Advertising Executive working with US and Brazil based clients.

LITE Memphis

Web Designer

• Designed and created website for new, Memphis based, non-profit:
• Perform monthly updates and maintenance on website.

First State Ballet Theatre

Development Director

• Successfully raised over $176,160 in donations, sponsorships and grants since summer 2013.
• Redesigned company website to direct traffic to ticket sales and donations: Website received 62,224 page views since launch in April 2014 and 1,800 unique visitors a month.
• Submitted 30+ grant and sponsorship applications to local and national foundations and corporations.
• Coordinate events for patrons including Opening Night Donor After-Parties, Nutcracker Tea and more.
• Increased social media presence bringing in 500 Facebook likes, 600 Twitter followers, 410 Instagram followers and created 8 marketing videos published on Youtube.
• Executed an end-of-year individual donor campaign which tripled the amount raised the previous year and doubled the number of donors for the calendar year. Designed the campaign site at
• Execute major gifts, donor relations, prospect development, annual giving and events.
• Assist the Executive Director in board development.

Career medium 06
Career medium 06

Bravery Corporation

Marketing Intern

• Coordinated a $30,000 ad buy of both print and online packages of major trade and local publications for Events DC’s Walter E. Washington Convention Center 10th Anniversary campaign.
• Produced and managed social media strategies for major clients and Bravery Corp.
• Provided support on internal operations tasks including research, budgeting, analysis, and management of other partner-owned corporate entities as well as general public relations tasks.


Alpha Delta Pi Sorority


• Lead a 170-member organization with an operating budget of over $100,000.
• Managed thirty six officers ensuring that events and programs were executed professionally and our public relations remained positive.
• Served as head of the executive committee coordinating communication between chapter members, the university, chapter advisors, and the international executive office.

Career medium 02
Career medium 05

GWU Center for Latin American Issues

Program Intern

• Utilized Portuguese and Spanish language skills to coordinate registration and run events with international political leader and visitors.
• Managed details for company programs by finalizing the itineraries with venues and speakers, updating website materials, and proof reading program materials.


U.S. Department of Education

New Media Intern

• Supported the rebranding of Federal Student Aid and the launch of their new website by evaluating design options and testing website functions.
• Managed social media accounts by creating content and increasing engagement, followers, and likes.
• Compiled a weekly new media report comparing analytics from Spredfast, Bitly, ThinkUp, and more.

Career medium 03
Career medium 06

Meridian International Center

Development Intern

• Designed the website using the Ning platform for the Meridian Council on Women’s Leadership to make an informational and social media hub focused on women’s leadership. (
• Compiled research reports on grants, board members, and corporations for office files.
• Contracted for the spring semester to continue website marketing plan and maintenance.


Alpha Delta Pi Sorority

Director of Social Enrichment and Risk Management

• Balanced a budget of over $25,000 to plan and execute yearly events for 200+ guests.
• Worked on the executive board to operate and lead the organization of 170 members.
• Oversaw a team of 8 members that created programming for internal and external affairs and ran a 12 member committee to prevent risk in chapter functions.

Career medium 02
Career medium 03

GWU Department of Theater and Dance

Promotions Office Assistant

• Hand-selected publicized events in the DC metro area and promoted them via a daily e-newsletter.
• Supported department shows by promoting events through their social networking accounts, speaking with the GW community, and with general administrative support.
• Managed the box office and recorded ticket sales during department productions.


Colonial Connection

Alumni Caller

• Raised over $5,000 for the university to fund scholarship programs and the general annual funds.
• Served as a liaison for alumni to their alma mater by providing updates on new university projects and facilitating ways for them to give back to the university.

Career medium 04

The George Washington University - School of Business

Bachelor of Business Administration, International Business and Marketing

Universidade Federal do Paraná

Certificate of Intensive Completion, Portuguese