Olin College is pleased to welcome Beth Kramer as the new Vice President for Advancement.
Beth brings to Olin College an impressive track record of experience in higher education advancement. In her most recent role as the Associate Dean of Development and Alumni Relations at Harvard Graduate School of Design, Beth helped to transform the development and alumni relations program into a high performing operation and provided campaign strategic planning oversight as a member of GSD executive team. While working at GSD, she also raised $162M in new gifts towards the Grounded Visionaries campaign, including a $70M pledge, the largest gift in their history, to create new research center focused on design technology and sustainable buildings. Prior to working at the GSD, Beth served as the Assistant Dean for Development and Major Gifts at Harvard University JFK School of Government where she helped to build a robust major and principal gift program, led a major gifts team of 11 staff, that raised $33M annually from a non-alumni-based constituency. Beth’s previous positions include serving as the Director of the Major Gifts at Northeastern University and Director of Major and Planned Gifts at Brandeis University.
Starting in her new position this March 2019, Beth will join Olin’s effort to advance its two primary strategic priorities: promote educational innovation within its campus walls, and collaboration with partners around the world to transform engineering education, and undergraduate education as a whole.
Leading a team of 11 staff, Beth will be charged with building an innovative fundraising program within a collaborative and student-centered culture at Olin. She will be responsible for leading and long term oversight of the transition to a new structural model, bringing the departments of Development, Family and Alumni Relations (DFAR) and Marketing and Communications under one coordinated umbrella. Beth will also serve on the President’s Cabinet and fill a key partnership role with the President and Board of Trustees Governance Committee. Beth is looking forward to supporting the pedagogy of the Olin educational method and contributing to the success and growth of the institution in present and future.