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John Mitterling

Senior Director of Development
John Mitterling has 29 years of experience in development, having served organizations with missions that served those in need in the Triangle, the Southeast, and nationwide. He began his development career at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and then continued his work in educational development at Ruffalo CODY in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, serving colleges and universities across the Southeast, then expanded his work with national fraternities and joined the national staff of his own fraternity, Chi Psi, in Ann Arbor Michigan.
He then began an eight year focus in healthcare development, first at the North Carolina Affiliate of the American Heart Association and then the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians Foundation and the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri, where his work was mainly focused on creating more opportunity for medical students to pursue family medicine as a specialty and to practice in underserved areas. After working in healthcare, he changed his focus back to North Carolina as the Vice President for Development for the North Carolina Symphony for five years, managing annual and capital development. He left the Symphony to begin an eight year focus on youth development, first at the YMCA of the Triangle (NC), then the John Avery Boys & Girls Club in Durham and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle (NC). He now brings this background in youth services, healthcare, and education to his role at MDC, focusing on developing corporate and individual support to supplement the strong support of local, national and international foundations.
He served in numerous roles in his professional association, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and was recognized as Outstanding Fundraising Executive for the North Carolina Triangle Chapter in 2001. He has served in pastoral care in his church, including as a Deacon, Elder, and Stephen Minister in addition to leading stewardship and endowment efforts there. He continues to volunteer with organizations in the Triangle, focusing on annual and capital fundraising and community relations. He is a native North Carolinian, born in New Bern, NC and living in the Triangle since 1986.
Educational background: Speech Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations, BA, 1986, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He earned his Certified Fund Raising Executive credential in 1993.