This week’s Wildcat of the Week is Jamie Strait ‘98, a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications and the school’s director of development.
Like many who work in fundraising, Jamie began her career in another industry. She spent nearly a decade reporting and anchoring at television stations in Tallahassee, Nashville and Minneapolis. Then Northwestern came calling. “One of my best friends from college co-chaired our 10th reunion, then quit his corporate job and went to work for the University,” she recalls. “When he heard I was looking to make a change, he recruited me to Northwestern.” Jamie worked in ARD’s New York Regional Office for almost five years before returning to Evanston to lead Medill’s strategic fundraising campaign.
Even though Jamie is no longer reporting breaking news, she’s putting the skills she gained as an undergrad at Northwestern to good use. “I'm still telling stories, only now they're about the incredible students, professors and programs at Northwestern. I got into news because I wanted to make a difference. In ARD, we are. We see every day how generosity changes lives—funding groundbreaking research, providing scholarships for deserving students and making a difference in our community and around the world,” Jamie says.
Aside from supporting her alma mater with her professional talents, Jamie is a long-time annual donor to the University as a gold-level NU Loyal member and a member of the Northwestern University Leadership Circle. She also serves on the board of Northwestern Hillel.
Jamie says that Alumni Relations and Development at Northwestern is a great place for talented individuals to pursue a rewarding career. “Every day, I'm surrounded by smart people who have dedicated their careers to promoting opportunity, scholarship and research.”