CHICAGO--  (Jan. 28, 2013)  Ms. Barbara Abrajano, who has held executive leadership positions at several Chicago area educational, not-for-profit and government organizations, has joined East-West as Director of Development and Community Engagement as of Tuesday, January 22. 

“We’re very excited to have Barbara join our Development and University Relations team,” said Zafar Malik, Dean of Development and University Relations.  “We have worked with Barbara quite a bit through our fundraising efforts and outreach, and we have long admired her work with many worthy institutions that share a common mission with the University.”

Ms. Abrajano has significant experience in education, not-for-profit and government in Illinois.  She has recently been active with InterFaith Connect, serving as a consultant on community issues of social justice, including non-violence, education and housing.  She was previously Director and Program Director for The National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), a human relations organization promoting racial and religious common ground through education, advocacy and training.  

During Ms. Abrajano's career she has raised millions of dollars for a wide variety of events, organizations and institutions.  Her experience also includes close work with government agencies, community groups, legislators, young people, and special needs children.  She has worked with East-West’s Scholarship Dinner Committee since its inception in 2007, and sits on many boards of organizations focused on opportunity, community outreach, and civil rights. 

Ms. Abrajano can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by phone at extension 1819.  Her office will be in Room W819.


East-West University is a private, not-for-profit, and non-denominational institution of higher learning in Chicago’s South Loop.  East-West is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), and provides affordable, quality higher education to students from all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.


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