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Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR)
Who are we and what do we do?

Meet the CFR Team!

CFR is staffed by development professionals with a wide range of experience and areas of expertise, brought together by a common commitment to enhance Rutgers' ability to attract philanthropic support for the projects, programs, and outreach and education efforts that define the character and spirit this great institution.  Each CFR Director has a portfolio of the schools, departments, centers, and institutes they support, as well as the various corporations and foundations with which they have established working relationships.  

Mike Marion
Associate Vice President
School Assignments: Bloustein, Eagleton, GSE, RFS, SCI, SMLR, University Libraries
Phone: 848.932.2349

Jeff Aron
Senior Director
School Assignments: SAS, SoE
Phone: 848.932.2352

Jennifer Taylor Smith
Senior Director

School Assignments: Newark Campus
Phone: 973.353.3289

Margarethe Laurenzi
Development Officer
School Assignments: SEBS
Phone: 848.932.2338

Paul Mouravieff
School Assignments: Grad School NB, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, Life Sciences, Math & Physical Sciences/SAS, School of Pharmacy
Phone: 848.932.2351

Anthony Nicotera
Director of Foundation Relations

School Assignments: All Campuses
Phone: 848.932.2350

Josie Faass
Director, Proposal and Content Development
School Assignments: All Campuses
Phone: 848.932.2341

Willis Richie
Development Assistant
School Assignments: All Campuses
Phone: 848.932.2336

Sandra Brill
Executive Secretary

Phone: 848.932.2333

What does CFR do?

The Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) team is dedicated to raising funds for Rutgers by building and sustaining mutually beneficial partnerships with funders and grant makers whose support reaffirms Rutgers’ position as a top-tier public research university.

CFR has three principal roles:

  • To understand the goals and interests of prospective corporate and foundation partners, strengthen existing relationships with corporate and foundation donors, cultivate new relationships, and connect corporate and foundation partners with the dynamic range of funding opportunities available at the university.
  • To support the priorities of deans, faculty, key staff, and directors of development most relevant to the interests of corporate and foundation partners and prospects.
  • To serve as a conduit between the Rutgers community and corporate and foundation funders and grant makers. CFR is well-equipped to provide current information about organizations’ funding priorities, contact with the many relationships they have cultivated at major donor organizations, and expert advice and counsel on communications with corporate and foundation prospects—from letters of inquiry and the proposal process to stewardship of funds awarded to Rutgers.

If you are a corporate or foundation partner, please visit For Corporations and Foundations to learn how the CFR team can assist you in connecting with the right faculty member, academic department, institute, or research program.

If you are a faculty member or administrator, please visit For Faculty and Administrators to see how CFR can help you build relationships with corporations and foundations to support your teaching, research, and programming endeavors.

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