Senior Staff

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    Nancy Winship, P '10, P '13

    Senior Vice President, Institutional Advancement
    Since Nancy joined Brandeis as the University’s chief fundraiser in 1994, annual giving has quadrupled and gifts from alumni have grown six-fold. Her efforts have helped transform the campus and aided Brandeis’ ascent to elite status among American private research universities. As senior vice president of institutional advancement, she oversees the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, including leadership giving, annual giving, planned giving, corporations and foundations, alumni relations, donor relations and advancement services. She is a member President Fred Lawrence’s senior leadership team. Nancy has also worked in senior fundraising positions at Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston and Northwestern University. She is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Massachusetts and has completed the coursework for a PhD from Harvard University.
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    Myles Weisenberg ’78

    Vice President of Development
    Myles, who earned a degree in economics from Brandeis, has served as vice president of development since 1999. He was previously president of the Miriam Hospital Foundation and the first executive director of development for Lifespan, a Rhode Island hospital healthcare system. Myles has also worked for Israel Bonds and was director of the New England office of the Jewish Theological Seminary. He received an MBA in marketing from Columbia University.
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    Patsy Fisher

    Vice President of Alumni and University Relations
    Patsy Fisher, who helped Dartmouth College establish one of the strongest alumni-relations programs in higher education, joined the Brandeis Office of Development and Alumni Relations as vice president of alumni and university relations in September 2013. She supervises the Alumni Relations teams on campus and at Brandeis House in New York, and is responsible for the design and execution of programs and activities to encourage strong relationships between the University and our alumni. She held a variety of leadership positions at Dartmouth, her alma mater, in the alumni relations and advancement fields over the course of 24 years, most recently serving as acting vice president of alumni relations.
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    Tim Cross

    Vice President of Advancement Services
    Tim Cross joined the senior advancement team in November 2013 following nearly seven years as executive director of advancement services at Tufts University. At Brandeis, he leads strategic planning, coordinates campaign preparations, manages the department budget, and oversees groups responsible for prospect research, gift processing, data management, and advancement communications. Prior to Tufts, Tim served as administrative dean and twice as acting development dean at Harvard Divinity School. He also held administrative positions at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College and graduate degrees, including a PhD in educational administration, from Penn.
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    Mark Ableman

    Assistant Vice President for Development
    Mark, who joined the Brandeis staff in 2004, is responsible for managing the annual giving, Reunion giving, special gifts and online giving programs. He has nearly 25 years of experience with development programs at a number of institutions, including Yale, Purdue, the University of Massachusetts, Bentley and the University of Wisconsin (his alma mater).
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    J. Michael Gilbreath

    Director of Development Planning and Operations
    As director of development planning and operations, Michael assists the senior vice president in short- and long-term planning, oversees all aspects of development budget planning and expense monitoring, and is the department's assessment analyst. He previously served as managing director of the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Prevention. He received his master's in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
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