Adrian Prieto Named Director of Development for University’s Office of Program Development
The Office of Program Development has announced the appointment of Adrian Prieto as its director of development. The appointment, which took effect Monday, June 26, establishes a dedicated gift officer within the office to cultivate and increase giving among the University’s diverse alumni community.
In this capacity, Prieto will work to secure major gifts from black and Latino alumni and increase overall giving among diverse alumni generally. He will also work on corporate partnerships for the Coming Back Together reunion and the endowed scholarship fund, and on fundraisers and donor events.
Prieto comes to Syracuse from Cornell University, where he established a strong record of success in a range of fund-raising and relationship-building roles with increasing levels of responsibility. He most recently served as assistant director for external relations for Cornell’s College of Business and assistant director for corporate relations for the School of Hotel Administration. In those capacities, he took a lead role in corporate fund-raising in all areas of real estate at Cornell, managed two advisory boards, managed multiple company and corporate relationships, and generated fund support for large-scale events.
Prior to that, Prieto served as assistant director of the Annual Fund at Cornell’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management. In that capacity, he focused on building strategic support for the Johnson School, cultivating and stewarding leadership gift donors and prospects, and managing the class agent program.
For the last two years, Prieto also has chaired the Alumni Affairs and Development Diversity Council at Cornell, a body dedicated to building awareness of, and promoting, diversity and inclusion at the university.
He also is proficient in Spanish and Chinese (Mandarin), which will help the Office of Program Development connect more personally with Latino and Asian alumni.