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The Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) team is an integral part of the Tufts University Advancement Office. Organized as a central group that spans across the four Tufts University campuses, at least one team member is assigned to a specific school or program, allowing for collaborative and comprehensive engagement with internal and external partners.


Senior Director

Ippolita Cantuti-Castelvetri - Senior Director - Ippolita.Cantuti_Castelvetri@tufts.edu  /  617-627-5263

Ippolita became the senior director of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) in May 2016, after establishing a solid career as an effective fundraiser and as a neuroscientist. She joined CFR in 2013 as an associate director, where she successfully engaged corporate and foundation prospects on behalf of the Tufts University School of Medicine. Prior to joining Tufts University, Ippolita was an associate director of pre-clinical research and development at NeuroPhage Pharmaceuticals, and as an assistant professor of Neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She earned a M.S. in Biology (Neurobiology) at the University of Rome/La Sapienza, and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Tufts University. Ippolita has co-authored over 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters.


School of Medicine / Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Tracy E. Schmidt, PhD - Director  Tracy.Schmidt@tufts.edu / 617-636-3533

At the School of Medicine and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Tracy fosters relationships and secures support from local, national and international partners to advance the institution's priorities and mission. Prior to Tufts, she was an Associate Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations at UMass Medical School and also had an innovation commercialization role in their Office of Technology Management. Tracy has over 15yrs of biomed research experience; performing sleep, cardiovascular, and viral research in human, mouse and cell culture systems at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, University of Illinois Chicago and UMass Medical School. She has a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from UMass Medical School and a BS in Behavioral Neuroscience from Northeastern.


School of Medicine / Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging

Wendy King  - Associate Director - Wendy.King@tufts.edu  /  617-636-6696

Wendy joined the Corporate and Foundations Relations team in July of 2017. She collaborates with leadership, faculty and staff to obtain philanthropic funds to fulfill the mission of the School, Center and Tufts University to help meet its goals. Previously, she served as Associate Director of Development at YouthBuild USA for over 7 years where she developed, implemented and managed a foundation and corporate fundraising and stewardship program for the national headquarters. Prior to that position, she served as the Director of Development at North Shore Community College for 13 years where she oversaw and implemented campaign and fundraising strategies targeted towards foundations, corporations, alumni, as well as the college’s staff.


School of Dental Medicine

Sonnya Morales  - Associate Director - Sonnya.Morales@tufts.edu  / 617-636-2775

Sonnya supports the School of Dental Medicine, securing corporate and foundation support. She began her career as an English teacher in Japan, and then taught high school Spanish and worked as an adult ESL teacher in New Jersey. She has held a variety of roles in higher education administration, most recently as Dir. of Institutional Support at Cambridge College, where she helped to build a robust foundation and corporate funder pipeline. Sonnya also worked as Dir. of Project ALERTA at UMass Boston, leading a nationally recognized enrichment program for elementary school-aged Latino and English language learners in Boston Public Schools, and in state relations/regulatory affairs at Lesley University. She has a BA in Spanish from Ursinus College and an MA in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University. 


Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Associate Director

This position is currently open.


Grafton Campus

The Grafton campus hosts the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, the only veterinary school in New England, and the Cumming Veterinary Medical Center, a group of seven academic teaching hospitals and clinics.


Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

Amy W. Green, Associate Director

At the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Amy targets local, national, and international corporations and foundations for their support in advancing the school’s programs, research and other initiatives. Prior to joining Tufts in 2020, Amy served as a Foundation Development Officer at WGBH where she cultivated strategic relationships for educational media projects and their research components. She has extensive experience managing national corporate sponsorships, relationships with funders, and developing fundraising strategies for new projects. Amy holds a BA in Social Psychology from Wheaton College, and an MA in Mass Communication, Speech, and Theater from Austin Peay State University. She’s also a trained facilitator, negotiator, mentor and coach.


Medford Campus

The main University campus, located in Medford/Sommerville is part of a diverse community of over 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students from over 60 different countries. Here, you will find the School of Arts and SciencesGraduate School of Arts and SciencesSchool of EngineeringThe Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life


School of Arts and Sciences / Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life

Donna Tyson - Director - Donna.Tyson@tufts.edu / 617-627-5485

Donna has been with Tufts University since 2013, working with faculty and funders to maximize the impact of research support at the university.  She works with the School of Arts & Sciences, Tisch College and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, helping to identify and solicit foundation and corporate support for institutional priorities. Prior to joining Tufts, Donna worked at Boston Children’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, supporting their corporate fundraising efforts.  Donna received her undergraduate degree in History from Boston College and holds an MBA from Simmons College. She serves on the Executive Committee of Women in Development of Greater Boston as Treasurer and is a volunteer Girl Scout Troop Leader in Concord, MA.

Brett Hitchner - Asst. Director - Brett.Hitchner@tufts.edu / 617-627-4572

Brett joined the Corporate and Foundation Relations team in 2017. He works with the School of Arts & Sciences, the Fletcher School, and Tisch College, helping to identify and solicit foundation and corporate support for their programs, research and other projects. Prior to joining Tufts, Brett worked as a corporate attorney for a New York law firm, where much of his work involved investment and acquisition transactions. Brett has carried over much from this prior experience as now he works on behalf of Tufts and its faculty to help secure funding for their important projects and to navigate the complex multi-party relationships and transactions that this  involves. Brett has a BA in Political Science from Tufts and a JD from Hofstra University School of Law.


Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Teri Vienot - Associate Director - Therese.Vienot@tufts.edu / 617-627-5973

Teri joined the CFR team in November 2015 supporting The Fletcher School. Prior to joining Tufts, Teri worked at Lahey Health System and Beverly Hospital for seven years securing foundation, corporation, and government support for healthcare non-profits and initiatives throughout the system. She also worked in CFR at the environmental non-profits Trust for Public Land and the Union of Concerned Scientists. Teri received her MS in environmental studies and enjoyed a graduate semester in Brazil studying ecosystems throughout the country. Prior to graduate school, she worked for Pathfinder International and spent 6 months in Turkey training the Asia/Near East regional staff. Teri loves to travel, read, and cook, and enjoys yoga and kayaking.


School of Engineering

Kit Manning  - Associate Director - Katherine.Manning@tufts.edu  / 617-627-4293

Kit is an Associate Director in CFR supporting the School of Engineering. She started at Tufts in April 2015. Prior to Tufts, Kit was a Senior Development Officer, Corporate Relations at Boston Children's Hospital primarily responsible for raising funds for Community Health, Primary Care, Global Health, and Enhanced Communication. Before Children's, she spent nearly 7 years at Oxfam America, an international development and humanitarian support organization, focused on eliminating poverty, hunger and social injustice as the Manager of New Business Development. In 2006, after working in the for-profit world in high tech for many years, she received a Masters in Intercultural Relations with the intent of transferring to non-profit.


Administrative Coordinators

Tod McMahon - Tod.McMahon@tufts.edu / 617-636-6794

Tod joined the CFR team in 2017 as a researcher supporting the development staff. Currently, Tod works as an Administrative Assistant and helps the CFR team preparing briefings and strategies for potential corporate and foundation donors. Tod also helps maintain the CFR database and prepares donor profiles. Previously, Tod worked as an archivist for the City of Newton, where he helped to catalogue and preserve archival material in the city’s historical collection. Before that, he spent over two decades as a corporate research librarian supporting the engineering, business development, and strategic planning departments with General Dynamics. Tod has a BA in English from the University of Connecticut, and an MLS from Simmons College School of Library and Information Science. 

Sharon Solomon - Sharon.Solomon@tufts.edu / 617-627-3487