Carolyn Jess is the Director of Development with a focus on all areas of philanthropy: development, strategic planning, marketing, project management, relationships, grants, alumni and events.
With a 30 year career in business and marketing, Carolyn has specialized in positive double digit growth in education for the past 10 years, with more than 48% compounded growth two years running. Prior to that, Carolyn was at the helm as General Manager of three media companies: websites, SEO/SEM and radio, all companies who enjoyed double digit growth. Before that, Carolyn was an Executive Director with Tupperware in business development, direct marketing, marketing, retail and strategic planning. The Tupperware World Wide Growth Award was presented to Carolyn with the highest double digit growth at more than 42% twice!
Teaching Visual Arts, Ceramics, Stoneware and Porcelain was Carolyn’s first profession. Carolyn still teaches, both in Children’s Liturgy and occasionally as a substitute teacher.
Having lived abroad in Australia and California, always in coastal cities, Carolyn and her family are surfers, nature enthusiasts and have a love of the arts and competitive sports. Philanthropy, social justice and personal responsibility is at the core of Carolyn’s soul having served on numerous boards and charity event’s including The American Women’s Club in Australia, granting wishes for Make-A-Wish, National Breast Cancer Association Mothers Day Walk in Sydney and Ronald McDonald House, Up All Night Marathon.
Discovering beautiful Arizona and growing the mission of Heritage Academy Schools and Paul Revere Academy is Carolyn’s focus.
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