Stephanie Viola is AIChE’s director of development and has more than ten years of fundraising experience in the AIChE Foundation. Since 2006, Viola has served in several essential roles to expand and enhance the Institute’s philanthropic operations and activities.
In her current position, Viola works closely with the AIChE Foundation Chair, Executive Committee, and Board of Trustees to manage annual, major and planned giving programs. She develops and executes all individual giving strategies supporting the Annual Fund, McKetta Lifetime Giving Society, AIChE Endowment, and AIChE Legacy Society. She also oversees the Foundation’s communication platforms, including the AIChE Giving website and quarterly newsletter.
Before working in the AIChE Foundation, Viola worked in the Institute’s Volunteer and Membership Activities Department. Her accomplishments included planning and organizing the revitalized Leadership Development Conference in Chicago in 2002 and enhancing several volunteer leadership and career development opportunities for AIChE Local Section officers and members.
In her “other life,” Viola is the co-founder and co-artistic director of The Riot Group, a critically acclaimed theater company that has created 11 original productions since 1998. Its work has been presented in New York, London, Philadelphia, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stuttgart, Belfast, and Minneapolis. Its plays have been published by Oberon Books, Playscripts, Inc., Yale School of Drama's Theater magazine. Riot Group’s plays have been produced in translation in Greece, Austria, Denmark, Brazil, the Netherlands, and India.
Viola holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and theater from Sarah Lawrence College.