Director, Bauer Alumni Relations
Giovanni arrived at the University of Houston in 2013, joining Bauer's Rockwell Career Center where he advocated for employment opportunities on behalf of Bauer students. In 2017, Giovanni transitioned to the UH College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) to serve as Director of Development where he cultivated relationships with donors and prospective donors, leading to philanthropic support for students and faculty, raising both endowed and operating funds. Most recently, he contributed to the "Here, We Go" campaign, the University's largest campaign in over 25 years, collectively raising over $1B in funds. In 2020, Giovanni returned to Bauer as Director of Alumni Relations where he focuses on engaging alumni in meaningful ways.
Prior to working in higher education, Giovanni worked in professional sports for the NBA's Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs for two years and four years respectively. In these roles, he focused on corporate sponsorship, ticket sales, and season ticket account management.
A native Houstonian, Giovanni is passionate about establishing strong relationships within the community through networking and civic engagement. His volunteer interests include: serving as a mentor with the Houston East End Chamber of Commerce Foundation Scholar Mentoring Program, acting as a volunteer deputy voter registrar with Harris County, and volunteering with the League of Women Voters of Houston for election-related causes. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Houston BARC Foundation and has maintained memberships with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the League of Women Voters of Houston, and the National Italian American Foundation. Additionally, Giovanni is a Leadership Houston fellow (Class XXXVII), graduating from the 10-month program in 2019.
Giovanni remains actively involved in the UH community outside of Bauer, serving on UH Staff Council as the Membership & Elections Subcommittee Co-Chair and as a certified Cougar Ally with the UH LGBTQ Resource Center.
B.S. Sport Management, Texas A&M University
Master of Public Administration (MPA) Anticipated 2023, University of Houston