Grant Administration and Program Development
Aurora Carmichael is the Director of Grants and Programs at American University Washington College of Law. She joined the staff in 1995 and is a motivated and solution-oriented senior academic and administrative officer with twenty years of experience in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. She provides strategic and operational leadership, specifically in the areas of organizational development, financial management, and program development. Aurora serves as chief fundraising officer for sponsored programs and special projects and is responsible for stewardship and oversight of the law school’s private foundation, government, and international fundraising portfolio. In addition, she oversees the strategic, administrative, and operational aspects of summer programs in Washington, D.C. Aurora came to Washington, D.C. in 1992, after being selected by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute for a public policy fellowship and, thereafter, held positions with the Office of Senator Claiborne Pell from Rhode Island, the Special Assignment Unit at Cable News Network (CNN), and the Office of Senate Fair Employment Practices. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley where she received her A.B. in the Social Science Field with an emphasis in International Relations and also studied the law and economics of international relations at the Institute of Political Science at the Université de Lyon, Lumiére II in Lyon, France. She completed an M.B.A. at the Kogod School of Business at American University with a specialization in International Business and is fluent in French and Spanish. In 1997, she was recognized with the University Award for Outstanding Staff Performance.