Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and External Relations
Geraldine (“Geri”) Sicola is Vice President for Strategic Partnerships and External Relations for Lutheran World Relief. She oversees philanthropic engagement, constituent engagement, marketing & creative services, and new business development.
Geri has spent virtually her entire career working for faith-based international NGOs. She has had two stints with Catholic Relief Services, first serving in overseas postings in Haiti, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya. Later, in Headquarters positions she served as Director for Global Relations and Strategic Issues and as Director for Education and Institutional Relations, US Operations, where she established new organizational alliances with colleges, universities and a major national health association. She has also worked with the United Nations Children’s Fund, both in the field and at headquarters in New York.
Immediately prior to coming to LWR, Geri served as Director of Communications and Resource Development for the Aga Khan Foundation, which she joined in 2013. Before that, she worked for a decade with the American Friends Service Committee, serving as Associate General Secretary for International Programs. Geri holds a bachelor’s degree and an honorary doctorate from Marymount College, and a master’s of international affairs and a certificate in African Studies from Columbia University.
It is an honor and privilege to work for LWR at this point in its long and distinguished history, when it is poised to for greater outreach, innovation and impact to improve the lives of others by building bridges between our brothers and sisters in the United States and globally.