Eric Johnson is senior vice president for University Advancement, overseeing the university’s fundraising, alumni relations, advancement administration, and donor relations across Tufts’ undergraduate colleges as well as its graduate and professional schools. Prior to his appointment in this role, he served as executive director of development, in addition to acting as principal-gift officer, working with the president and other senior leaders on leadership gifts to the university. He played a key leadership role during Tufts’ recently completed $1.2 billion Beyond Boundaries campaign. Johnson has 28 years of fundraising experience, 24 of them at Tufts, where he began his career as a major-gift officer in the School of Arts and Sciences. He has worked as director of development for the School of Arts and Sciences, deputy director of development for the university, and director of principal and leadership gifts. Johnson helped develop the President's Marathon Challenge in 2003, the year he ran his first marathon. Since then, he has stayed active in the program and has run 30 marathons to date. Johnson's parents are both Tufts alumni from the class of 1954.
Marah Atwell oversees the central service units within University Advancement including Prospect Development, Gift and Information Services, Advancement Information Systems, Donor Relations, Special Events, and Planning and Administration. She also serves as the division’s liaison with Human Resources, Tufts Technology Services, and the Budget Center. Marah joined Tufts in 2004 as a business analyst on the Advance implementation and later managed the information systems team for seven years. Prior to Tufts, Marah held previous positions at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, and Providence Children’s Museum. Marah holds a B.A. in American Studies from Colby College and an MBA from University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Margot A. Biggin is executive director of University Advancement where she oversees teams responsible for the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering, Tisch College, Annual Giving, Gift Planning, and Corporate and Foundation Relations. Prior to joining Tufts in 2013, Margot served the not-for-profit sector in various capacities for nearly 30 years. Most recently, she served as vice president of the Wayland Group, where she consulted on fundraising, planning, and board and leadership development to a wide range of non-profit organizations in New England and nationally. Previously, served as director of development at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, director of development at the Big Brother Association of Greater Boston, and held positions at two United Ways—the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and the United Way in White Plains, NY. Margot served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Massachusetts Chapter for 18 years. A graduate of Smith College, she earned an M.B.A. from the Boston University Graduate School of Management.
Ed Ellison, A83, was appointed executive director of Alumni Relations in July 2016. Prior to joining the Alumni Relations team, Ed held a variety of positions in military, corporate, and nonprofit organizations. Ed graduated from Tufts with a degree in Classics, where he earned 12 varsity letters in cross-country and track & field. He served five years as a Marine officer, attaining the rank of captain. He attended Harvard Business School from which he graduated in 1991. He next worked four years as an investment banking associate at Salomon Brothers and then CS First Boston. Ed followed that experience with four years in the private sector, reaching the position of vice president of operations with Oak Industries Inc. For the past 17 years, Ed has served in a wide range of roles in three outstanding K-12 independent schools (Milton Academy, Roxbury Latin, and St. Johns Country Day).
Bill Gehling, A74, G79, is senior advisor to Advancement, focusing on fundraising opportunities in support of Tufts Athletics, the School of Arts and Sciences, and other university priorities. During his 16-year tenure as director of athletics, Bill has seen the construction of new facilities, multiple NCAA championships won by teams and individuals and the expanded reach of the program. Bill's genuine and unfailing devotion to Tufts grows out of more than four decades at the university, first as a student, then a coach, and, ultimately, as director of athletics in 1999.
Jonathan Schwartz is executive director of campaign management and has principal responsibility for planning, directing, implementing, and evaluating both the annual and long-range activities of the university’s comprehensive campaigns, with particular focus on the structure and management of campaign volunteer leadership. Prior to joining Tufts in December 2014, he was senior associate vice president for advancement and director of university campaigns at the University of Rochester where he helped orchestrate that institution's first $1B+ campaign. At Rochester, he also oversaw the units of Capital and Special Projects, Advancement Communications, Alumni Relations, and Donor Relations. Jonathan previously served as assistant vice president for development and senior director of capital projects at Washington University in St. Louis, where he played a central role in execution of that university’s most recent comprehensive campaign.
Jo Wellins is executive director of University Advancement. In this role, she manages the senior directors of development and alumni relations of Tufts' professional and graduate schools (Medicine, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Dental Medicine, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy), and the senior director of Principal and University Initiatives. Her portfolio includes a focus on strategies and programs to engage the university’s key donors—both domestically and internationally. Prior to assuming this position, Wellins served in roles of increasing responsibility at Tufts, most recently as deputy director of development for the university. In her time at Tufts, she has participated as a member of campaign planning for Tufts’ $1.2 billionBeyond Boundariescampaign. Her career in fundraising spans 40 years and includes leadership roles in both public radio and television stations, including WGBH Boston. Wellins received her B.A. in communications studies from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
Jeff Winey, AG90, oversees the Principal Gifts Strategy Group, University Gift Officer and Asia Relations teams, and the Principal Gifts Donor Relations and Stewardship staff. In addition he manages the Tufts Financial Network and its advisory committee and the new President’s Council. Jeff started his fundraising career at Bowdoin College and was eventually hired by Tufts in December 1991. After seven years, he left Tufts to serve as the director of annual giving at Babson College but later returned to the Hill to manage the Tufts Fund for the Schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering and conduct major gift work. He has completed 25 plus years as a member of the Tufts Advancement team. During his tenure, Jeff has worked with many alumni classes and was awarded an honorary membership in the Tufts Class of 1952! A graduate of Bowdoin College with a double major in government and sociology, Jeff holds a master’s degree in urban and environmental policy from Tufts. In his spare time he serves as vice president of Friends of Melrose Drama, performs with a male a cappella singing group, and responds to the various whims of his children.