New hire brings wide range of skills and expertise to the organization

Sandra Sedacca, J.D.

Oak Bluffs, MA. (March 4, 2021) ‐ Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) is pleased to announce the hiring of the agency’s newly appointed Capital Campaign and Major Gifts Officer. Effective March 1, MVCS welcomes Sandra Sedacca, J.D. to the agency’s leadership team. 

A lifelong development activist, Ms. Sedacca has 35 years of senior advancement experience, serving in non-profit organizations and academic centers dedicated to expanding access to human rights, health care, and educational opportunity. 

A new year-round Island resident, Ms. Sedacca comes to MVCS from her role as Senior Vice President of Philanthropy and Chief Development Officer for Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, where she led its comprehensive fundraising campaign following her work as Harvard Medical School’s Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives and Campaign. 

Ms. Sedacca has served as Chief Development Officer for Planned Parenthood Federation of America and for the American Civil Liberties at their national headquarters in NYC, Vice President of Development at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Foundation, and Dean of Development and External Relations at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Earlier in her career, she was Senior Director for Development at Save the Children/USA. Ms. Sedacca holds a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

“Sandra brings an impressive range of experience, expertise and talent to the agency.  We are very fortunate to have her step into this central role at a critically important time in our capital campaign,” said Beth Folcarelli, Chief Executive Officer for MVCS.  “In addition to leading our capital efforts, Sandra will also lead Community Services’ major gifts fundraising efforts, which is critical to sustaining the agency’s vital programs and meeting the expanding needs of our Island community.”

In her role as Capital Campaign and Major Gifts Officer, Ms. Sedacca will be responsible for the overall management of the major gifts program at MVCS, charged with strengthening relationships and securing support from major donors to the agency’s general annual fund or to the capital campaign.

“I feel honored to join MVCS as it envisions the future and responds to growing demand for its comprehensive services,” said Ms. Sedacca. “The pressures of the COVID health crisis have it made clear that compassion and teamwork are our strengths, and that we must act and invest in each other to endure and to thrive as a community.”

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