We are pleased to announce the appointment of the new Vice President for Advancement at The Hunger Project (THP), Betsy Deisroth.
Betsy joins THP after serving as the Director of Development at the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), where she was responsible for overseeing a team of approximately 40 development and outreach staff based throughout the United States. AFSC, a Quaker organization founded in 1917 that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace and humanitarian service, has long been a pioneer in fundraising trends that are mainstream today – direct mail, planned giving and donor-centered major gift fundraising and international partnerships.
At AFSC, Betsy developed strategies and goals to raise $30-35 million annually for AFSC’s worldwide work. She also visited major donors and worked with the Board and its development committee. AFSC launched its first comprehensive fundraising campaign in 2005 and will surpass their goal of raising $200 million as they close the campaign in 2011.
Prior to her role at AFSC, Betsy worked in communication and special events at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. As she is fluent in French, she started her career tutoring English to Red Cross staff in Switzerland and working for several years at the French-owned Banque Worms on Wall Street.
Betsy has lived abroad in France, Switzerland and Sweden, and grew up in an extended family that included three young women from Spanish Harlem and her maternal grandparents. When not working, she spends time with her husband John Lohac and a famous mutt named Superdog. Betsy was born in Sugarloaf, a rural agricultural and mining community two hours north of Philadelphia, and spends many weekends there gardening and enjoying her family.