Susan is responsible for the management of planned gifts that incorporate the University into the estate and financial plans of alumni and friends. She reaches out to graduates from our historic Schermerhorn Street and Lewis Avenue campuses, hosting events designed to keep them connected to St. John’s and to each other. Susan also handles marketing, solicitation and cultivation efforts for The McCallen Society whose members have included the University in their will. She also focuses on the stewardship of all activities and initiatives pertaining to the Notre Dame College alumnae.
Susan, formerly an Associate Director with the Futures in Education Foundation/R.C. Diocese of Brooklyn, comes to St. John’s with more than 15 years of fundraising and marketing experience. She holds a B.S. in Marketing from St. John's.
Susan M. Damiani '87CBA
Director of Gift Planning
Shu manages the day-to-day administration and operations of planned giving's marketing and stewardship efforts. She works closely with the Director of Gift Planning to seek and secure major and planned gifts for St. John’s University. She also serves as Gift Planning’s liaison with the University’s Finance, General Counsel and Advancement Services units to manage trust and estate administration and related matters.
Prior to this position, Shu served as the Stewardship Office/Project Manager in Stewardship and Events at New York University; Assistant Director of Donor Relations at the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University and previously worked for the Advancement Office at St. John's University in various roles.
Shu received a B.S. in Communication Arts from St. John’s College of Professional Studies and an M.A. in Sociology from St. John’s Graduate School of Arts and Science.
Shu Zhen Bernardin '07CPS, '10G
Associate Director of Gift Planning