Mercy High School, San Francisco has hired Anne Farrah as Chief Advancement Officer. Her first day is Feb. 7.
Farrah, a 5th-generation San Franciscan, brings to Mercy more than 25 years of experience in fundraising, donor identification, cultivation and stewardship, community relations, and building partnerships for non-profit organizations. She is the daughter and niece of Mercy alumnae, served six years as a Board Trustee, and is the product of all-women’s education as a graduate of St. Rose Academy.
“I’m honored and excited to have the privilege of serving this community and building on the successes of the dynamic and visionary leadership team, dedicated faculty and staff, and Board of Trustees at Mercy High School,” Farrah said. “I hope to play an instrumental role in helping Mercy achieve its ambitious goals, and to ensure the school’s long-term success in the years to come. I hope to have a positive impact on bringing increased growth, sustainability and purpose anchored in Mercy’s strong mission and bold vision of preparing women for their expanding roles in society.”
In her previous role at the University of San Francisco, Farrah served as the Director of Development, for the Schools of Education and Nursing & Health Professions overseeing all major gift fundraising and managed a portfolio of high-net-worth individuals and the long-term philanthropic relationships between the schools and prospective donors. She also focused on building a strong donor pipeline in preparation for USF's $300M comprehensive campaign.
After college, Farrah worked at Mercy part-time establishing and managing a mentoring and college awareness program that engaged alumnae with students. Following her six years as a Board Trustee, Farrah was inducted into the Mercy Society - a group that recognizes serious commitment of people who are faithful to the goals of Mercy, as well as modeling those goals in one’s own life.
“We are very excited to welcome Anne to our community and we believe that her decades of experience and expertise in fundraising and donor relations will be invaluable in fostering a culture of philanthropy at Mercy High School,” said Scott McLarty, Head of School. “Anne is someone who is deeply invested in the values of Mercy and the continued success of the young women we serve through meaningful engagement and involvement.”
Farrah is the first Chief Advancement Officer at Mercy High School. She was selected from an all-female pool of five finalists. The Board of Trustees approved the position during the summer of 2017.