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James Gagnon

Director of Annual Giving


James Gagnon joined the USC School of Cinematic Arts in 2018 as the Director of Annual Giving.

In this role James oversees the continued growth of the School’s annual fund program, including the SCA Parent Project and SCA Network membership program that supports students and alumni. He also oversees the School’s constituent database, monthly electronic newsletter, and social media campaigns.

James began his career with USC in 2011 as the Program Center Manager of the University’s student calling program within USC Advancement’s Office of Annual Giving. Promoted in 2013 to Associate Director of Annual Giving Programs, James launched and oversaw the expansion and operations of USC’s digital philanthropy programs: mobile giving, crowdfunding, and USC Day of SCupport, the university’s annual global 24-hour online giving campaign.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, James holds a Bachelor’s degree from Boston University.