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David M. Carrera named VP for USC Health Sciences Development

Seasoned pro to oversee advancement for Keck Medicine of USC

David M. Carrera, an accomplished advancement professional who helped plan and implement one of the largest fundraising efforts in the history of academic medicine, has been named vice president for USC Health Sciences Development, effective Aug. 1.

Carrera will oversee the advancement activities for Keck Medicine of USC, including Keck Hospital of USC, USC Norris Cancer Hospital, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital and the 600-physician practice group known as USC Care Medical Group Inc., as well as for the Keck School of Medicine of USC, including academic departments, research centers, institutes and programs. He will report to Al Checcio, senior vice president for University Advancement.

“Dave has a collaborative style and has built successful principal, major and annual giving programs at several universities,” Checcio said. “At Johns Hopkins, he implemented fundraising practices that are now widely regarded as the gold standard. As USC’s medical enterprise continues to expand rapidly, Dave is the ideal person to help our team capitalize on the opportunities that lie ahead.”

Carrera comes to USC from Johns Hopkins University, where he served as associate vice president for The Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine (FJHM), the enterprise responsible for raising all private philanthropy for Johns Hopkins Medicine. He was the longest serving member of FJHM’s senior management team. Since 2005, his oversight of 14 clinical programs within Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Hospital and five affiliated hospitals in the Johns Hopkins Health System produced dramatic results in grateful patient giving and led to increased revenue each year.

Policy and management experience

Carrera also served on the Johns Hopkins University development and alumni relations executive team, helping to set policy and manage 450 staff who are supporting the university’s $4.5 billion campaign, which was announced in May 2013. Johns Hopkins Medicine seeks to raise $2.4 billion as part of that campaign.

“Dave clearly understands how our research, clinical care and teaching missions appeal to donors interested in making a positive impact on human health,” said Thomas Jackiewicz, senior vice president and chief executive officer for USC Health. “We are fortunate to recruit a professional whose skills, experience and energy are an ideal fit for USC at this time.”

Carrera brings more than 25 years experience to USC. Prior to his service at Johns Hopkins, Carrera held positions in development and alumni relations at American University, University of Maryland School of Law, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and Loyola University.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to join USC at this exciting time in the university’s history,” Carrera said. “I look forward to working with exceptionally talented faculty and staff of the Keck School of Medicine, as well as with alumni, patients, friends and volunteers throughout the Trojan Family to build support for this extraordinary institution.”

Carrera earned a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University in Baltimore.

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