Office of Development and Alumni Relations

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations cultivates key relationships that advance the School’s mission and builds robust relationships with funders. Along with conducting outreach to alumni, individual donors, members of the Board of Overseers, and institutional funders, the Office builds relationships with global bi-lateral organizations to educate leaders in multiple sectors about the importance of public health and the work of the Mailman School.

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drb2163 [at] columbia.edu (Debbie Rosenberg Bush)
Director of Institutional Partnerships

Debbie Rosenberg Bush joined the Development team in January 2013 and works with the Dean, faculty, and colleagues to secure support from foundations and corporations for major institutional initiatives and priority projects. She previously served as senior director of development for the Cancer Support Community, director of corporate and foundation relations at Gilda’s Club Worldwide, director of foundation support at the American Museum of Natural History, and director of development at the New York Academy of Sciences. Before her career in development, she worked at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center as director of publications and was an editor at Random House, The Sciences, and Consumer Reports. Rosenberg Bush has a Bachelor of Science from Yale University. She served on the board of Women in Development New York, where she co-chaired the sponsorship committee, and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Women in Development New York. She is also actively involved with the Yale Alumni Fund and the Yale Club of New York City.

eac2229 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Emily Calkins-Reed)
Development Officer

Emily Calkins-Reed joined the Mailman School as a Development Officer in November 2016. Her role encompasses research, as well as stewardship and outreach for the institutional partnerships team. Emily comes to us as a recent graduate from Columbia University, with a Masters of Arts in Medieval and Renaissance Studies and an emphasis in History. Prior to receiving her Master’s degree, she attended Augusta University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in History and worked as a tutor in the writing center.

mf2865 [at] columbia.edu (Mary Fiore) 
Associate Director, Institutional Events

Mary Fiore joined the Development staff in September 2012 and is responsible for Mailman School events that cultivate prospects and donors, as well as major fundraising events for the School. She was the founder and president of Mary Fiore & Co., Inc., a boutique events firm specializing in high-level protocol and fundraising events.  Through events such as galas, benefit dinners, cocktail receptions, meetings, golf outings, and walk/runs, Fiore has over 20 years of development experience in the non-profit sector as an event specialist.   Fiore has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Greater New York Chapter of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals (AFP), continues to serve on the committee to produce Fundraising Day in New York, and has chaired AFP's National Philanthropy Day celebration. She holds a dual B.A. in History and Art History from Syracuse University.

kp2697 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Kim Peters)
Associate Director, Alumni Relations

Kim Peters joined Mailman as a Development Officer in April, 2016.  Her Development experience includes roles in development and communications at the ALS Association of NY, and at the John A. Hartford Foundation.  Prior to her work at Hartford, Kim had a career in marketing and advertising, serving as an art director for several agencies including Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide, Gotham Inc., and Abelson-Taylor.  She is a graduate of Tulane University, and holds a certificate in Philanthropy and Fundraising from New York University’s School of Professional Studies.

kr2748 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Kristen B. Rozansky)
Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations

Kristen B. Rozansky is a highly accomplished fundraising leader with significant experience. At the Mailman School, she will build on her 22-year career working closely with university and school leadership, faculty, boards, trustees and other key stakeholders to align development goals with the organization’s mission. Prior to joining the Mailman School, she was Vice President for Institutional Advancement at The Jackson Laboratory (JAX), a world-renowned research institution that leverages expertise in genetics and genomics to increase understanding of human disease. In her previous role as Associate Vice President for Development at Penn State University and Chief Development Officer for Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Kristen was a lead member of the University’s $2.1 billion fundraising initiative, raising more than $300 million for the Medical Center, and increasing annual commitments to the Center from $23 million to $40 million. She holds a B.A. in English from Susquehanna University. 

Fs2475 [at] columbia.edu (Fern Schwartz) 
Director of Development, Major Gifts

Fern Schwartz, who joined the Mailman School in August 2012, is a veteran of the nonprofit sector with extensive experience in donor development. At Mailman, she is responsible for developing and implementing strategic fundraising approaches including the engagement and cultivation of current and prospective major gift donors. Schwartz has worked in fundraising for over 17 years, most recently as the national director of development for the Lupus Research Institute and as vice president of development at Nyack Hospital. She spent over 12 years at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine where she served as senior major gifts officer and helped secure one of the largest gifts in the college’s history. Schwartz holds a Master of Science degree from Brooklyn College and a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz.