Executive Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations
Michelle Plasse joined University Advancement in 2017 and currently serves as executive director of corporate and foundation relations. She brings 15 years of experience in fundraising, primarily focused on development of corporate and foundation partnerships. Plasse is responsible for leading a team of three front-line fundraisers, a grant writer, and a senior administrative coordinator, cultivating corporate and foundation partnerships, as well as stewarding current donors.
Her significant fundraising experience includes roles at organizations focused on pediatric health and well-being, including Starlight Children's Foundation as global partnerships director, and The Painted Turtle camp as foundation and corporate relations manager. During her tenure at both, she developed foundation relationship strategies, corporate strategic plans, built partnership programs from inception, and cultivated/stewarded major corporate donations into long-term partnerships, which are still in existence today.
Michelle earned her B.A. in journalism from the University of Massachusetts. In her free time, Michelle enjoys hiking, the beach, and working on projects with family, which includes writing a screenplay with her father.