Alexandra Gradwohl

Alexandra Gradwohl

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Program: Masters in Public History


Faculty Advisor: Dr. Theodore Karamanski

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M.A., Public History,  May 2019 (expected)

Loyola University, Chicago, IL


B.A., History and Classical Studies, summa cum laude, May 2013

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA


Professional Experience

Teacher Institute Intern, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, May-August, 2018

-Assisted in the planning and in-person group management of week-long professional and curriculum development programs for over 400 teachers.

-Led educational programming sessions for participants according to Institute’s educational goals.

-Performed administrative duties, including coordination of weekly schedules, collection of participant feedback, and creation of portfolios for individual Institute donors.


Public Media Assistant, Loyola University Chicago Department of History, September 2017-Present

-Create and manage material related to the History Department’s online presence, including back-end web development, email communications, and social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr

-Design and execute web, email, and print promotions for upcoming events, student recruitment, course registration, and other departmental priorities.


Coordinator of Fundraising Events, Rare, November 2013-June 2016

Consultant, Rare, October 2016-August 2017

-Led planning processes and on-site logistics for over twenty events per year with responsibilities including overall project management across multiple teams, guidance on programming, selection of venue and vendors, preparation of staff and speakers, organization of invitations and materials, creation and management of budget, and coordination of follow-up efforts with attendees.

-Planned, managed, and led visits to international program sites for groups of current and prospective donors, resulting in up to $1 million in increased funding per trip.

-Organized logistics, communication, internal alignment, partner relationships, and on-site management for delegations at multiple major international conferences per year.

-Worked directly with senior leadership on organization-wide fundraising event strategies.


Intern, Smithsonian National Museum of American History Special Events Department, May 2012- August 2012   

-Assisted in the design and implementation of various special events for internal and external groups, including National History Day for over 8,000 guests, formal donation ceremonies, exhibition openings, after-hours programming, and high-level receptions for corporate clients.

-Served as liaison and guide to prospective clients during site visits and at events.

-Performed basic office work and managed schedule of daily museum programs and events.


"Herbal Abortifacients and their Classical Heritage in Tudor England,"Penn History Review: Vol. 20 : Iss. 1 , Article 3. 
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Activities & Skills

  • Loyola University Chicago History Graduate Conference Co-Chair, 2018
  • Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society Open Houses of Worship, Fall 2017-2018
    • Created event proposal & plan, coordinated day-of logistics, and provided background research.
  • University of Pennsylvania Alumni Interviewer, Spring 2010-Present
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite, Salesforce, MailChimp, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, & Instagram.
  • PMD Pro Project Management Certification for Development Professionals.
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