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Joyce Payne Yette, left, and Julie A. Lucas.

Two new trustees join McDaniel Board

Joyce Payne Yette, left, and Julie A. Lucas.
November 26, 2013

Joyce Payne Yette and Julie A. Lucas will join the Board of Trustees at its next full meeting in February 2014.

Yette serves as managing director and general counsel with Promontory Financial Group, LLC of Washington, D.C., where she assists clients with due diligence activities and oversees the firm’s legal affairs, including advising the firm on ethics, governance, operations, risk management issues and all client matters.

Yette began her career at the law firm of Covington & Burling in the nation’s capital where she specialized in commercial real estate development and general corporate transactions. Later, as associate general counsel for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, she managed the structuring and financing of the transit agency’s public and private community development projects.

Yette earned a bachelor’s degree in Government and Economics at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S. C., and earned her J.D. in 1983 from Harvard Law School.

Lucas ’95 holds a bachelor’s in Political Science and Spanish from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College), a master’s in educational administration from Hofstra University and an advanced certification from NYU’s center for philanthropy and fundraising.

She is associate senior vice president for advancement for University Advancement at the University of Southern California with responsibility for fundraising efforts including the university’s international fundraising program.

A development professional with nearly 20 years of experience in higher education and external relations, Lucas was named to Crain’s New York Business “40 Under Forty” in 2010. She has been quoted in The New York Times and Forbes and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences nationwide. Lucas comes to USC from New York University (NYU), where she served as associate dean of development and alumni relations for the Stern School of Business.

Prior to NYU, Lucas served in a series of progressively senior development roles at Fordham University School of Law, Hofstra University and the Episcopal Church Foundation, as well as NYU and its School of Law.