The CMHS Alumni Spotlight showcases and recognizes outstanding Cardinal Mooney Alumni for their academic and professional achievements, service to their community, and their continuation of Cardinal Mooney’s tradition of “Sanctity, Scholarship, and Discipline”. With the Alumni Spotlight, we will explore and regularly share the diverse accomplishments of our graduates.
M. Andrea Calo
Class of 1998
M. Andrea Calo, JD, MNO, a 1998 graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School, is an Assistant Vice President of Development at Houston’s Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). BCM has been the intellectual heart of the Texas Medical Center (TMC) since becoming its first partner institution in 1943.
Over the past 20 years, Andrea has worked in the non-profit field with experience in foundation relations, non-profit management, and healthcare fundraising. Working in a collaborative role, she has led the development of national and local foundation relations programs for many world-class institutions. At BCM, she currently leads the teams of foundation relations, stewardship, planned giving, and proposal writing.
From 2014-2018, Andrea served as Executive Director for Foundation Relations at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. She was part of a team that closed a $1.6 billion campaign for the University. In fiscal year 2017, over $15 million in foundations dollars raised were attributed to her team.
From 2011-2014, Andrea served as Senior Director for Foundation Relations for the Cleveland Clinic. Andrea and her team contributed to building a national and local foundation relations program and securing funding sources for all Cleveland Clinic operations, including those in Las Vegas and Florida.
From 2008-2011, Andrea served a Director of Foundation Relations and Proposal Development for Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio. There, she led a team to develop a foundation, corporate, and government strategy for fundraising that brought unprecedented amounts of funding to the health system.
Early in her career, while attending law school, Andrea worked with the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office and the US Marshals’ Service in Akron, Ohio. She was part of the Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, a collaborative, district-wide law enforcement effort spearheaded by the U.S. Marshal Service that is dedicated to the pursuit, apprehension, and prosecution of violent adult fugitives.
Education and Awards
Andrea graduated from Kent State University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She was then accepted into the graduate program for Nonprofit Management at Case Western Reserve University School of Business and graduated with a Masters in nonprofit organizations (MNO) in 2003. There, she was competitively selected as an Everett Public Service Internship. She went on to receive her Juris Doctorate (JD) from The University of Akron School of Law in 2009, working as a legal intern for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, & Labor in Washington, D.C.
Andrea received the Athena Young Professional Award for the Cleveland community. She was a 30 for the Future awardee from the Akron Chamber of Commerce that awards honors to young professionals. She is a certified international negotiator and divorce mediator, has served on numerous boards, and continuously serves as a volunteer and advocate for several organizations.
Andrea remembers her years at CMHS as the building blocks that shaped her career and life aspirations. Her environmental activism began in environmental science class, and she fondly remembers when she was selected as the class winner for a recycling project she spearheaded. This high school experience influenced her work with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association and her activism with the Earth Day Coalition, as well as her efforts to reduce and eliminate the use of plastics.
While at Mooney, Andrea ran cross country. She never believed she could be a runner but was encouraged by classmates to try, and her love of running continues! Andrea was also active in the school’s Service Club and was the CMHS dance line captain. These leadership roles paved the path for her future roles as a leader.
Personal Life & Interests
Growing up in a life of faith, Andrea learned to always reach out and help those less fortunate. At Kent State, she served as President of the Catholic Student Association. Throughout her dedicated career in public service, she has helped raise millions of dollars from local and national foundations, corporations, government, and individuals for programs serving uninsured and underinsured populations, individuals suffering from mental illness, and community programs, while also raising funds to support research in heart disease, cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, diabetes, genetics, and stem cells. She has also obtained funding for hospitals to provide mobile outreach services to children that have been displaced because of natural disasters, children who are refugees, children who are here without legal status, women in need of mammograms and other screening and social work services. Living a life of service means every day trying to help someone else in need. While this work is often challenging with many rejections from potential funders, the reward of seeing positive outcomes is greater.
When they are not working, Andrea and her husband John enjoy traveling and spending time outdoors. Their travels have taken them all over the world with family and friends.
Andrea is an avid long-distance runner, competing in two full marathons and over 30 half marathons. (Last year, Andrea completed the Chicago marathon!) She enjoys traveling with her running group and her sister for races. Her travels have taken her as far away as Reykjavik, Iceland.
Andrea has an older brother and two younger sisters who are also Cardinal Mooney graduates (John Calo (1994); Kristen Calo, (2002); and Annamarie Calo, (2009). Andrea is exceptionally grateful to her parents John and Cathy Calo who provided every opportunity available and were her biggest cheerleader not only in high school, but for everything she’s accomplished in her personal and professional life.