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About University Advancement

The Tufts University Advancement division is dedicated to advancing the mission of the university by engaging Tufts alumni, organizations, faculty, parents, and friends in mutually beneficial philanthropy and volunteerism. Tufts deeply appreciates its generous donors and is committed to ensuring that gifts are both stewarded well and aligned appropriately with university priorities and values. In 2020, Tufts updated its Gift Policy to articulate the vision for our work with greater clarity and transparency. The Policy opens with Guiding Principles for Gift Acceptance that we encourage all prospective donors to review. Thank you for visiting this site, and please feel free to reach out to any of the staff below with your questions or suggestions.

Office of the Senior Vice President

Senior Vice President for University Advancement

Eric Johnson is senior vice president for University Advancement, overseeing the university’s fundraising, alumni relations, advancement administration, and donor relations functions across Tufts’ undergraduate colleges as well as its graduate and professional schools. He is currently leading the university’s Brighter World campaign, the most ambitious campaign in Tufts’ history. Eric previously served as executive director of development, in addition to acting as principal-gift officer, working with the president and other senior administrators on leadership gifts to the university. He played a key role in the success of Tufts’ $1.2 billion Beyond Boundaries campaign, which was completed in 2011. Eric has 34 years of fundraising experience, 30 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. Eric helped develop the President's Marathon Challenge in 2003, the year he ran his first marathon.

Vice President of Development

Sara Judge is vice president for development, and provides leadership, guidance and mentorship to the fundraising and campaign management teams, and is a key strategic partner in leading fundraising efforts across the University.  Prior to joining Tufts in June 2020, Sara served as deputy vice president of development at Princeton where she managed the annual giving, leadership gifts, gift planning, strategic donor engagement and international fundraising teams.  Sara previously served as president of China Institute in America, the oldest U.S.-China organization in the country, and as global director at Avenues: The World School, managing operations in China.  She also served as director of Asia for AFS Intercultural Programs.  After graduating from Princeton with a degree in East Asian Studies/Chinese, Sara set off for China where she pursued postgraduate studies at Peking University and worked at a consulting firm for four years.  Sara is an avid reader and enjoys yoga, swimming, and spending time with her children.

Executive Director of Advancement Services

Marah Atwell is executive director of advancement services, overseeing 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 implementation of the Advance database 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.

Executive Director of University Advancement

Margot Biggin is executive director of University Advancement, overseeing fundraising teams responsible for the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering, Tisch College of Civic Life, Annual Giving, Gift Planning, and Corporate and Foundation Relations. Prior to joining Tufts in 2013, Margot served as vice president of the Wayland Group, where she consulted on fundraising, planning, and board development to a wide range of non-profit organizations in New England and nationally. Previously, she 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.

Executive Director, The Office of Alumni Engagement
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Bill Gehling, A74, G79, is executive director for the Office of Alumni Engagement and is responsible for overseeing alumni engagement efforts across the University. Working in collaboration with alumni engagement staff at the University’s professional schools, OAE has a special focus on supporting undergraduate alumni and coordinates programming for reunions, alumni chapters, shared interest groups, and a travel-learn program. Previously, he served as Senior Advisor for University Advancement for 4 years immediately following his 16-year tenure as Director of Athletics. As AD, Bill saw 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, followed by director of athletics before joining University Advancement. Bill was honored in 2015 with the Tufts Athletics Distinguished Achievement Award as well as the Hosea Ballou Medal. In 2016, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Tufts Alumni Association.

Executive Director of Campaign Management

Jonathan Schwartz is executive director of campaign management and has principal responsibility for planning, directing, implementing, and evaluating 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 $1 billion 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 campaign that concluded in 2004 and raised $1.55 billion. He started his career in Advancement at the California Institute of Technology. A graduate of Georgetown University, Jonathan also holds a master’s degree in radio, television and film studies from Northwestern University.

Executive Director of University Advancement

Jo Wellins is executive director of University Advancement. In this role, she oversees the work of the senior directors of development and alumni relations of Tufts' professional and graduate schools (Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, School of Medicine), and the senior director of Principal Gifts 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 during the $1.2 billion Beyond Boundaries campaignparticipating as a member of the campaign planning team. Her career in fundraising spans 40 years and includes holding leadership roles in public radio stations, and corporate fundraising for national programming produced by WGBH Boston. Wellins received her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

Senior Director, Principal Gifts and University Initiatives

Jeff Winey, AG90, A22P is senior director, Principal Gifts and University Initiatives, and 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.

Annual Giving

Sean Devendorf
Senior Director of Annual Giving

Parents Giving Program

Gina A. DeSalvo
Director of Parents Giving Program

Gift Planning

Brooke Anderson
Senior Director, Gift Planning

Corporate & Foundation Relations

Ippolita Cantuti-Castelvetri
Senior Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations

School of Arts and Sciences

Sara Lewis 21
Sara M. Lewis
Professor, Department of Biology
Nancy Mahler, J88
Senior Director of Development
Matt Scheck
Director of Development
Mark Adzigian
Senior Associate Director of Development, Athletics

School of Engineering

Kosta Alexis
Senior Director of Development

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Ana Alvarado
Senior Director, Development and Alumni Relations
Stephanie Mullervy
Director, Veterinary Annual Giving

School of Dental Medicine

Stephen Muzrall
Senior Director of Development & Alumni Relations (interim)
Marianne Blaney
Director, Dental Fund

The Fletcher School

Cory Diamond
Senior Director of Development & Alumni Relations
Paulina Kusiak
Assistant Director, The Fletcher Fund

Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy/Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA)

Cindy Briggs Tobin
Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations

School of Medicine

Rebecca Scott
Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations
Kristin Hill
Director, Fund for Tufts Medicine

School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts

Torrey Androski
Director of Development

Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life

Karen Culbert
Director of Development and Alumni Relations