Gwendolyn Perry Davis

Board of Visitors

Board of Visitors
220 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL


  • B.S., Butler University


Gwendolyn is the deputy director of development for the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. In this executive management role, she oversees the annual operational fundraising as well as fundraising for special projects. Gwendolyn works directly with MCA Chicago trustees, donors, and volunteers to facilitate annual and major gifts with a team of 10 development professionals.

Most recently, Gwendolyn was senior director of individual giving at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, a leadership position with the Booth Alumni and Development department. Working with a 14-person team, she has responsibility for all aspects of individual giving ($1–5 million); regional and international annual, major, and leadership gift officers; and reunion fundraising programs.

Previously, Gwendolyn was director, Annual Fund and Leadership Annual Giving (AFLG) where she managed a six-person professional development staff and programs generating over $6 million in revenue. As part of her responsibilities, she restructured the AFLG team, adding staff expertise in direct response, program analytics, and annual fund gift officers, increasing overall alumni participation and retention rates.

Gwendolyn has spent her career in higher education fundraising, supporting the institutional goals of a number of organizations, including the Independent Colleges of Indiana, a consortium of 30 private higher education colleges and universities. Prior to joining the Booth School of Business, she spent six years as the director of Chicago regional development for Marquette University, a Jesuit college located in Milwaukee, WI.

She has served as a board member of a number of nonprofit organizations, including a term as president of the Indiana Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and is a board member of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. Gwendolyn is also a faculty member of The Fund Raising School at Indiana University.