Colorado State University-Pueblo has selected one of its own graduates to lead the university’s alumni operations.
Puebloan Tracy Samora has accepted the position of Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund. Beginning September 28, Samora will be responsible for contributing to the advancement of CSU-Pueblo by building relationships and active alumni participation with the University’s 38,000+ ThunderWolf graduates and former students. The director will work in collaboration with the University’s development team to actively manage a portfolio of alumni volunteers and take an active role in building pride in the University, promoting the value of being an alumnus/a, and engaging current students to prepare them for participation after graduation.
Samora also will develop and implement a full program of on- and off-campus special events and gatherings, including reunions, homecoming events, athletic contests, distinguished alumni dinners, and alumni chapters nationwide and globally. The director also researches and manages various alumni benefits, including discount, insurance, and travel programs.
"I am genuinely excited about returning to CSU-Pueblo to serve in this capacity,” Samora said. “The excitement on campus is amazing, and the University is an outstanding institution. I am proud to be a CSU-Pueblo alumna and look forward to continuing to enhance the visibility of the Alumni Association among CSU-Pueblo staff, students, alumni and friends."
Samora is no stranger to the alumni office, having previously worked in the alumni relations and development office at the University of Southern Colorado as both a development assistant and the interim director of alumni relations. She also has served as a development director with the YWCA of Pueblo, as a systems marketing manager at the American Cancer Society, as the auction and corporate development coordinator with KTSC-TV (Rocky Mountain PBS), and most recently as the Colorado colorectal cancer grant coordinator for St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from the University in 1994.
“Tracy’s non-profit management skills in education and outreach, special event coordination and public relations make her a great fit as our new permanent director,” said DenaSue Potestio, executive director of the CSU-Pueblo Foundation.
Samora also brings an active community background. She serves as a board member of the Pueblo Community Health Center Foundation and the Southern Colorado Press Club and also is active with the Colorado Cancer Coalition and the Colorado Colorectal Cancer Task Force. She also has been involved with the Women’s Foundation of Colorado and the Pueblo Latino Chamber of Commerce.