Sharon Kucia and Ian Rangel will Join Senior Vice President of Development Jim Coffey to Enhance Outreach to Catholic Leaders throughout the U.S.

Chester, PA – August 9, 2022

Following an extensive nationwide search, The Papal Foundation today announced Sharon Kucia and Ian Rangel were named Vice Presidents of Steward Development, serving the Midwestern and Western regions of the United States, respectively. The Papal Foundation supports the Holy Father’s priorities to serve the poor in developing nations around the world, providing more than $200 million in grants since its founding in 1988.

In their roles, the two will work with Foundation Trustees, current donors, and staff to invite Catholic philanthropists across the country to become Stewards of St. Peter, a select group committed to supporting projects and initiatives prioritized by the Holy Father around the world, including the building of churches, schools, and hospitals, as well as comforting those experiencing issues such as hunger, abuse, hopelessness, and trafficking.

“Our Board of Trustees is committed to increasing the Foundation’s service to the Church by growing its community of Stewards of Saint Peter and its charity to the poor,” said David Savage, Executive Director of The Papal Foundation. “The addition of Sharon and Ian to the Foundation’s team is an important step in our plan to expand the Foundation’s impact around the world.”

“We welcome Sharon and Ian to The Papal Foundation. Their breadth of experience and philanthropic expertise, coupled with a genuine love of the Faith and authentic leadership qualities, will help drive our mission to serve the most vulnerable in developing nations,” added Eustace Mita, President of The Papal Foundation Board of Trustees. “I am excited to work with Sharon and Ian to ramp up outreach to Catholic leaders across the country and grow the Foundation’s resources to help the Holy Father and the Church,” concluded Jim Coffey, Senior Vice President of Development.

Both Kucia and Rangel have extensive experience serving the Catholic Church, with the proven ability to cultivate strong relationships and raise funds to support the poor in Dioceses throughout the U.S.

Sharon Kucia

Ian Rangel

Kucia comes to The Papal Foundation with more than 20 years of experience serving the Catholic Church, leading major gift initiatives in the Archdioceses of Milwaukee, Chicago, and Indianapolis. Throughout her career, she has raised more than $175 million for Catholic education, served more than 1500 Catholic organizations, and led high-performing teams that raised more than $700 million for the Church. Kucia is a founding member and President of the Charlotte Chapter of Legatus and serves on the board of St. Joseph College Seminary.

“I look forward to bringing my expertise in nonprofit strategy and philanthropic business development to The Papal Foundation, supporting the needs of families, widows, orphans, and children in developing nations around the world,” Kucia said.

Rangel joins the Foundation from his role as Director, Development & Pastoral Services Appeal for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange County, where he successfully reimagined and reinvigorated support for the Diocese’s annual appeal, setting numerous records over the last three years. Prior to that, Rangel served in advancement roles at two Catholic High Schools in Orange County, JSerra Catholic High School and Santa Margarita Catholic High School. Rangel was recently honored to be selected for the inaugural cohort of the Mathis Liturgical Leadership Program, an executive leadership initiative at the University of Notre Dame’s McGrath Institute for Church Life.

“I am excited and blessed to join The Papal Foundation, answering God’s call to serve our most vulnerable brothers and sisters,” Rangel said. “I am passionate about helping people experience the joy God provides when they invest in the works of the Universal Church.”

Rangel earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree from Texas A&M University.

Kucia earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Boston College and has studied at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.