Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
Lauren Taaffe joined Olin in 2010 and currently serves as Associate Vice President for Development, Family and Alumni Relations. She is responsible for the general operations of the College’s program to engage alumni, parents, interested individuals, private foundations, and corporations in the College’s mission and to build a culture of philanthropy. Previously, she served as Director of Development at the University of Illinois. She also served as a major gifts officer at the University of Minnesota, where she helped to complete a campaign to build a state-of-the-art studio art facility, develop the University’s West Bank Arts Quarter, launch a university-wide campaign for the Minnesota Marching Band, and increase support for students and faculty.
Dr. Taaffe also served as Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations at the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) and as the Director of Foundation, Corporate and Government Relations and Development Operations at St. Catherine University. At St. Thomas, she built relationships with corporations and foundations in support of a successful comprehensive campaign and the construction of a new science and engineering building. At St. Catherine, she increased corporate and foundation support, strengthened government relations activities, and led efforts to enhance major gifts, prospect research, gift processing, and donor stewardship practices. She began her career in higher education as a faculty member, teaching at both the University of Chicago and SUNY at Stony Brook. She earned the M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University and the A.B. degree from Barnard College, Columbia University.