Ayanna McConnell

Ayanna McConnell

Executive Director of University/Student Engagement and LEAD Scholars
University of Michigan Alumni Association
Speaker

Bio

Ayanna McConnell is the Executive Director of University/Student Engagement and LEAD Scholars at the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan. She provides leadership for strategic university partnerships, and works to strengthen and diversify alum engagement at the university. Her team’s portfolio includes student engagement and membership; alumni volunteer recruitment; development; and university relations.  After a decade in Orientation and Student Affairs at U-M and Eastern Michigan University, Ayanna was recruited back to the Alumni Association to design the student community for the LEAD Scholars Program, which maintains a 90% graduation rate for students, and continues to attract new donors and volunteers to the university.

Ayanna has presented locally and nationally on alumni/donor engagement, diversity and inclusion, mentoring and networking, and is an active CASE District V volunteer. A lifelong learner, Ayanna concluded her formal academic journey with a graduate degree in Higher Ed/Student Affairs at Eastern Michigan University. She serves communities in Southeastern Michigan through multiple service organizations, and resides with her family in Ypsilanti, Michigan.