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Meet Our Leadership Team
Senior Vice President of Institutional Advancement
Zamira Korff became senior vice president of institutional advancement on October 23, 2017. Korff serves as Brandeis’ senior fundraising executive and leads both alumni relations and advancement at the university.
Korff came to Brandeis from Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) of Boston. She joined CJP as director of the women’s division in 1997. She advanced to the positions of director of major gifts and director of development before becoming senior vice president of development in 2010. In 2015, she was named senior vice president of strategic philanthropy. In that role, she was responsible for working with CJP’s top donors, leading a $12 million-plus capital campaign, and raising $55 million annually to sustain and support CJP’s operations and community programs. In addition to leading the development department, Korff was responsible for developing the Israel and overseas agenda for CJP’s Strategic Plan.
Before coming to Boston, Korff served as legislative aide to the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs in Washington, D.C. On behalf of then-Senator Joseph Biden, chair of the subcommittee, Korff helped to create legislation on foreign-policy issues including arms control, collective security, free enterprise initiatives and market development in the newly emerging democracies of Eastern Europe. She also concentrated her efforts on the conflict in Bosnia and the role of the United Nations as peacekeeper in the post-Cold War world.
Korff earned her bachelor’s degree from the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C.
Vice President, Administration and Operations
Elizabeth Crabtree joined the Brandeis Institutional Advancement Division as vice president of administration and operations in October 2018. She serves as the chief operating and financial officer for the Division and oversees all administrative, financial, technology, human resource and operational support systems and services. Elizabeth is a key advisor to the senior vice president, effective partner with University Finance and Administration, professional schools, and units, and plays a leadership role in the planning and management of major fundraising campaigns and initiatives.
Elizabeth has over 20 years of senior management experience in fundraising and nonprofit management and is the Founder and President of Crabtree Lane LLC, a nonprofit management and consultancy practice. Recognized as a visionary leader and change agent with demonstrated team-building and problem-solving skills, Elizabeth’s leadership and guidance has helped a variety of top tier public and private institutions raise billions of dollars, increase fundraising revenues, grow donor participation and volunteer engagement levels, identify and engage new prospects, and develop best-in-class systems and practices for nonprofit administration and fundraising operations.
Before starting her own consulting firm, Elizabeth was assistant vice president for strategy and resource development at Brown University where she served for 13 years as a member of the senior leadership team, planned and supported two successful multi-billion-dollar campaigns, and managed a 50-member professional staff. Previously, Elizabeth served in fundraising, communications, grants administration and program management roles at public and private universities and led a corporate foundation in the Chicago area. Prior to her work in the nonprofit sector, Elizabeth was a marketing director and senior analyst in the consumer products industry and was a talent manager and music agent in her early professional career. She is an alumna of the executive master’s program in Philanthropic Studies at Indiana University and earned her bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Vice President of Alumni Relations
Patsy Fisher, who helped Dartmouth College establish one of the strongest alumni-relations programs in higher education, joined the Brandeis Institutional Advancement Division as vice president of alumni and university relations in September 2013. She supervises the Alumni Relations team 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.
Vice President, Development
As vice president of development, Hannah Peters offers a deep knowledge of fundraising best practices and a versatile skill set that draws on decades of proven success in individual giving and high-level major and principal gifts, corporate and foundation relations, and donor stewardship.
Peters joined Brandeis after concluding a 20-year tenure at Harvard University. She joined Harvard in 1999 as Harvard Business School’s director of corporate relations. She was promoted to associate dean for external relations at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. While there, she reinvigorated the school’s external relations program and prepared the groundwork for an upcoming campaign. Chief among her responsibilities at Harvard Divinity School was leading its first major comprehensive fundraising campaign in over a decade.
Prior to Harvard, Peters served as director of corporate relations at the Stanford University School of Engineering and director of corporate and foundation relations at Tufts Medical Center. Additional nonprofit work included positions at the Asia Society and the Executive Council on Foreign Diplomats, both in New York. She earned a bachelor’s degree in foreign service from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in international affairs and journalism from Columbia University.