Carolyn Ricci

Carolyn Ricci

Executive Director

Carolyn Ricci joined the Global Cancer Institute in 2022. As Executive Director, Ms. Ricci will oversee all GCI operations, including strategy, program, impact, growth, and fundraising.

Ms. Ricci has more than 23 years of experience focused on shaping innovative and high-impact responses to significant societal issues, including cancer. Ms. Ricci comes to GCI after serving as the director of development for the Melanoma Research Alliance.  Past work has included founding and serving as president of the Uplift Institute, where she advised executive leadership teams on strategy, partnerships, development, and implementation of programs. Prior to Uplift, Ms. Ricci was the director of programs of the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, leading strategy, grantmaking, and programmatic operations. In this role, she oversaw up to $40 million in annual giving aimed at improving breast cancer outcomes and reducing disparities in survival rates. She developed and implemented a communication strategy for Crusade activities, informational and educational tools for donors, sponsors, applicants, and beneficiaries, and impact documents for media outreach and communication.

Ms. Ricci's committment to patients is unending. Determined to drive real impact, she leads the Advisory Board, an award-winning patient website intricately designed to educate and empower those new to navigating a cancer journey.

Ms. Ricci earned her Bachelor of Arts in political science from Drew University in Madison, NJ.

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