Chief Development Officer
1975 Elk Hill Road
Goochland, VA 23063
Phone: (o) 804-457-4866 x310, (c) 205-617-7448
Over the past 15 years, Jessica Cocciolones’ work has focused on creating long term partnerships that convert people’s passions into viable fundraising programs. Specifically, her ability to quickly walk into an organization, isolate stress points and quickly develop strength-based solutions to the organizations fundraising woes. Jessica’s work has resulted in leading turnarounds for development “shops” resulting in raising millions and creating sustainable organizations.
Jessica Cocciolone joined Elk Hill in 2016 to lead the development team in raising more than $1.5 million annually for Elk Hill programs through a regional based fundraising model, building public awareness through marketing communications, and engaging volunteer and community resources to advance Elk Hill’s mission.
Jessica serves as an Adjunct Professor with University of Richmond – Institute of Philanthropy. Where she teaches new fundraiser on Developing Giving Constituents. She is also a co-author of the Taos Publications book, Thriving Women, Thriving Worlds.
Prior to Elk Hill, she served as Director of Development at Higher Achievement in Richmond, VA, where she led and grew their fundraising program from $600,000 to $1.4 million in the first 18 months. During her tenure she successfully navigated and secured a six-figure partnership with one of the largest corporations in the city.
Before 2014, Cocciolone was Development Manager at JDRF, Albuquerque, New Mexico where she managed a $1 million dollar special events program. Which she successfully grew by developing new, and increasing support from past corporate partnerships. Additionally, she served as the Assistant State Director of the Alabama Court Appointed Specials Advocates where she not only led their statewide fundraising efforts, she worked on advocacy and policy.
Cocciolone earned a Master of Business Administration from Webster University. She has been actively involved in the Central VA Chapter, Association of Fundraising Professionals, serving on the Board Directors, in which she chairs the Diversity and Inclusive Giving Fellowship.
Cocciolone resides in Richmond and can often be found with her daughter and Corgi, rock climbing or hiking around the James River.