Mr. Joseph Geraci to Serve as Vice President for Advancement

JOSEPH GERACIJune 10, 2024

Dear Holy Cross Family: 

Holy Cross is pleased to announce that Mr. Joseph Geraci will serve as our Vice President for Advancement starting July 1, 2024. A native of Whitestone, Mr. Geraci grew up in St. Luke parish and graduated from PS 184 and Bayside High School, while his younger brother Michael is a member of the Holy Cross Class of 1986. Joe joins us from The Society of St. Vincent de Paul on Long Island where he is currently Director of Development and Social Media Management and manages all fundraising activities, events, programs, social media and staff. Prior to his current position Joe was Provincial Director for Development and Mission Fulfillment with the Passionists and worked at both Holy Trinity Diocesan High School in Hicksville and Fontbonne Hall Academy in Brooklyn as Director of Development. He will report to the President. 

Mr. Geraci has over thirty years of experience in development and alumni relations, with increasing responsibilities at various institutions in Queens and Long Island, including St. John’s University and Adelphi University, Catholic Health Services of Long Island and the Tiegerman School. From major gifts procurement to annual giving, the creation of affinity groups and alumni programming, to public relations, marketing and communications and events, Joe has significant experience that will serve Holy Cross well.

 “I am looking forward to Joe Geraci joining our Holy Cross family,” notes Mark Mongelluzzo ’92, President. “He has deep family roots in our Whitestone/Flushing/Bayside community, having grown up just blocks from Holy Cross and will fit in well with our alumni. What impressed me most about Joe, beyond his significant experience in all facets of development, was his strong Catholic faith. It is clear that his faith is a significant part of who he is and how he thinks. He has built a career in advancement at some of the premier Catholic institutions in our area. Joe will contribute a great deal in the years to come to all of our critically important efforts to support our Holy Cross mission.”  

Mr. Geraci adds, “I am thrilled and honored to come on board as Vice President for Advancement at Holy Cross. Growing up just four blocks away on 22nd Avenue, I passed by Holy Cross almost daily, and  always aspired to be a Knight, but given our family situation, only my youngest brother was blessed to attend. I grew up hearing the stories about friendships formed and the extraordinary education received here from my closest friends who wore the Green and Gold. Hearing legendary tales about Joe G, Brother Brown and others, I felt part of the Holy Cross family. Coming back to my Queens roots and raising awareness of this school’s outstanding Catholic mission while helping to further engage alumni is truly a gift. I look forward to enthusiastically serving Holy Cross.” 

Mr. Geraci lives in Smithtown, Long Island with his wife Lynn. They have two daughters Amanda and Alyssa. Joe is an active member of the Church of Saint Patrick where he serves as a lector, as a member of the Parish Finance Committee and as a Trustee. Please join Holy Cross in welcoming Joe Geraci as our new VP for Advancement.