Updates to Foundation and Corporate Relations

I am pleased to announce several important changes to our Corporate Relations and Foundation Relations teams effective July 1, 2021 which will help us elevate our fundraising for faculty research and scholarship. CR and FR will be merged into one larger team with the goal of doubling production from corporations and foundations over the course of the next campaign to $200M per year.

Michelle Joyce will transition from Senior Director of Foundation Relations to the new position of Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR). In this role, Michelle will lead efforts to develop transformational proposals to advance faculty research at the $10M+ level across CFR, leverage the talent, creativity and potential of of the CFR team, and improve the operations for CFR from proposal development and coordination with Notre Dame Research and Research Sponsored Programs Accounting to stewardship and compliance. Michelle has her BS in chemistry from Notre Dame and her PhD from Duke University in analytical chemistry. Michelle has led the foundation relations team as Senior Director since 2018. Prior to joining the foundation relations as director in 2016, Michelle spent 12 years as a Special Professional Faculty in the Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics Facility in Notre Dame’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Amanda Retartha will be promoted from Director of Foundation Relations to Senior Director of Foundation Relations. Amanda has her BS in English from Notre Dame and her PhD in English from NYU. Amanda has cultivated relationships and secured large grants from numerous foundations, including Kellogg and Porticus, and has managed some more complicated foundation relationships with the utmost finesse and professionalism. Amanda joined Special Events & Stewardship in July 2014, and transitioned to Foundation Relations in November 2016.

Josh Tullis, currently Interim Senior Director of Corporate Relations, will be promoted to the permanent position of Senior Director of Corporate Relations. Josh has his BS in chemistry and his PhD in synthetic organic chemistry, both from Notre Dame. He joined the Corporate Relations team as director in January 2017 and has effectively worked on a range of complex corporate sponsored research including the $20M commitment to establish the Notre Dame IBM Tech Ethics Lab in 2020. As Interim Senior Director, Josh has worked to lead the CR team to a top 3 year in production this fiscal year. Prior to Notre Dame Josh has 20 years of combined experience in pharmaceutical drug discovery and real estate development.

Reporting to Michelle as Executive Director of CFR will be Amanda Retartha, Josh Tullis, Ernestine Gardner, Lori Tinkey, and Cathy Windeatt. Please join me in congratulating Michelle, Amanda, and Josh as they take on these leadership roles.

Drew Buscareno

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