With over 20 years of experience in philanthropy and higher education, Tara leads FAS’s Gift Planning team. Tara enjoys working with alumni, parents, and friends of Harvard to help them realize their greatest philanthropic potential while supporting the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Prior to arriving at Harvard, Tara worked for over ten years at Dartmouth College. She has also worked at Tufts University and Boston University, where she earned her law degree.
Sarah M. Carothers
Senior Associate Director
With more than 30 years of major and planned giving experience, Sarah has served Harvard since 2006, assisting alumni, parents, and friends create optimal gift arrangements for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Prior to Harvard, Sarah worked in gift planning at the Trustees of Reservations, a state-wide conservation organization, and major gifts and school development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She holds an AB in American Studies from Mount Holyoke College and worked in private banking before transitioning to development. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys domestic and international travel, skiing, biking, and cooking.
Grant H. Whitney
Senior Associate Director
A member of the FAS Gift Planning team since early 2002, Grant applies a background in law and alternative dispute resolution to philanthropic planning with Harvard alumni. In addition to his work completing irrevocable and revocable gifts with donors, he leads the FAS John Harvard Society, the University’s largest planned giving society. A national speaker on charitable tax and philanthropic planning topics, he recently began service on the Board of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, the industry’s 8,000-member professional group. Grant and his family reside in Worcester County.
Anna S. Chiumenti
Anna joined the FAS Gift Planning team in 2016, bringing over a decade of experience at visual and performing arts organizations in New York and Boston. At the FAS, Anna works with alumni of the College and the Graduate School, crafting tailored plans for charitable giving and helping alumni support Harvard now and for generations to come. Anna is a lawyer by training and is originally from Boston. She lives in Brookline with her husband and children.
Macy L. Fernandes
Macy joined the Gift Planning team in January 2020. Macy recently graduated with honors from UMass Amherst, where she majored in the history of art and architecture and wrote her senior thesis, "Architecture, Gender, and Domesticity: John Singer Sargent, the Vanderbilt’s, and the Gilding of an American Family." While attending UMass, Macy worked as a gallery assistant at the University Museum of Contemporary Art, as a social media assistant at the Fine Arts Center, and as a staff member for the Digital Scholarship Center of UMass cataloging art and architecture images. In her free time Macy’s hobbies include antiquing, creative writing, and making art itself.
Elisha joined the Gift Planning team in March 2020. She has previously worked at international travel company The Dragon Trip, taught English in South Korea, coordinated programs at the German International School in Boston and served as a stroke research assistant at Boston University Medical Center. Elisha is a graduate of Boston University, with a degree in psychology and biology. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, foreign language learning, social activism, and all things outdoors.