Carol Anne Baker Lajoie is Director of Development and External Affairs for the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to joining the ICA, she served as the Chief Development Officer for the YWCA of Richmond, where she led fund development and marketing efforts including major gifts, annual fund, grants, foundations, corporations, and special events. Included during her tenure was the successful submission and presentation of an Impact 100 grant award in 2013, which radically transformed the YWCA’s emergency housing program. She went on to lead a staff of three to meet and exceed annual fundraising goals in excess of $1M.
Lajoie has worked for Richmond area nonprofits for more than 15 years. She spent 11 years at the Virginia Historical Society before moving to the YWCA. At the VHS, she secured the last Save America’s Treasures grant to restore the at-risk Charles Hoffbauer Military Memorial Murals on display in the Battle Abbey portion of the building as well as sponsorship support for major exhibitions, collections, and capital improvements.
In addition to fundraising, she also spends time as a patient advocate for the Regional Hospital Accompaniment Response Team (RHART) collaborative. She currently serves on the board of the Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives and volunteers with the Marketing Committee for Nonprofit Learning Point. She is a member of the leadership team of Impact 100, an all-female grant making collaborative that gives away as many as two, $100,0000 annual grants to transform area nonprofits. She delivered a TedxRVA Women talk in November of 2013. She lives with her husband in North Chesterfield.