portrait of Elise Betz

Elise M. Betz

Executive Director, Alumni Relations, University of Pennsylvania

Elise began her tenure at Penn as an associate director of The Penn Fund and currently manages a majority of the institution’s alumni relations efforts, including communications, alumni education, the multicultural alliance, and alumni travel. She also founded and manages “Penn Traditions: Building Our Community,” a comprehensive student advancement program. Elise’s work in this area helped increase senior gift participation from 18% in 2001 to over 68% in 2008 and earned her a 2006 UPenn Model of Excellence Award. She presents at advancement conferences across the country and has consulted with numerous institutions interested in starting student advancement programs.