Vice President for Development and Alumni Engagement
Laura Rose was appointed Vice President for Development and Alumni Engagement in May 2020 and has more than 20 years of experience as a fundraising executive at two major research universities and at one of the world’s premier museums. She is responsible for Stevens’ ambitious goals including: completing our $200 million campaign, The Power of Stevens; increasing alumni engagement; and continuing to build world-class development and alumni engagement programs.
Prior to joining Stevens, Ms. Rose led teams of fundraisers, served as a major and principal gift fundraiser, worked with alumni and volunteer boards, and academic leadership, and helped to advance multi-billion-dollar capital campaigns. Most recently at the American Museum of Natural History, where she served as Vice President for Development and Membership since 2013, Ms. Rose led individual fundraising efforts including major gifts, planned giving, membership, annual fund, special events, research, and donor relations, as well as corporate fundraising, in support of the Museum's programs, operations, and $380-million building campaign.
Before joining the Museum, Ms. Rose served as Senior Executive Director for Development, Columbia College and Arts & Sciences, where she oversaw College development as part of Columbia’s $6 billion campaign. In that role she secured the College’s capital and annual fund goals, working with alumni and parent volunteer boards, and leading the College’s fundraising team.
Over a 14-year career at the University of Chicago and based in New York, she ascended to positions of increasing responsibility and scope leading teams of major, principal, and leadership annual gift officers during the university’s $2.3 billion capital campaign. She managed the university’s alumni relations and development programs in the northeast, western U.S., Europe, and parts of Asia and oversaw regional offices in London, Palo Alto, New York, Boston and Washington D.C.
Ms. Rose earned a Bachelor of Art in French (cum laude) and a minor in Art History from Wellesley College. She also matriculated at the Sorbonne and Ecole du Louvre during her undergraduate education.