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Dr. Lou Traina recently accepted the newly established role of Chief Advancement Officer at The Immokalee Foundation.

As part of his leadership over the Philanthropy team, Traina will address specific goals to expand the major gift and planned giving operation, increase fundraising support for the Career Pathways and Take Stock in Children Programs, and initiate a fundraising investment plan to expand program support for a large population of students who are on a waiting list for the Foundation’s life-changing programs.

Before joining The Immokalee Foundation, Traina led successful capital and major gift campaigns for Florida SouthWestern State College, Hodges University, Ave Maria University, and the Diocese of Venice.

In his over 25 years of fundraising experience here in Southwest Florida, Traina secured the naming of Hodges University, the Suncoast Credit Union Arena, Kenneth Oscar Johnson School of Business, Jerry & Arlene Nichols School of Professional Studies, John W. Fisher School of Technology, Francis Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning, George H. Gaynor Campus Building, and the Lavern Norris Gaynor President’s Chair.

“Lou brings an extraordinary level of experience to The Immokalee Foundation—and at just the right time in our history,” said Immokalee Foundation President and CEO Noemi Y. Perez. “Since 1991, we have been blessed to serve over 15,000 very deserving young people. With Lou’s guidance, we hope to increase that number in the years ahead so that no student is left without access to our life-changing programs. We are thrilled to have him on the team.”

“The opportunity to work in one of Southwest Florida’s most outstanding organizations with a powerful mission, as well as the exceptional leadership provided by President and CEO Noemi Y. Perez and a highly engaged Board of Directors, is something that comes around only a few times in a lifetime,” Traina said. “I am grateful for this opportunity to serve the children of Immokalee.”

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