Tamara Michel Josserand joined University of Redlands in October 2018 as vice president for advancement. Prior to joining the University, Tamara served as assistant dean of advancement for University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health. In this role, she successfully directed the school’s alumni and community engagement activities, as well as led its $80 million comprehensive campaign.
Tamara has held key roles and leadership positions in development, comprehensive and capital campaigns, external relations, and special gifts for the University Libraries at University of Nevada, Las Vegas; University of Chicago, Booth School of Business; Northwestern University; and Yale University. She has also served as a senior consultant for the national fundraising consulting firm, Campbell and Company, and over the years has assisted numerous not for profits, small colleges, and universities across the country in successfully expanding their fundraising and friend-raising operations. Her deep interest in supporting the work of charitable and humanitarian organizations and causes is demonstrated by her personal leadership service to the Daughters of Charity Ministries of Chicago and her ongoing work for the DuSable Heritage Association, which provides support and resources to the people and country of Haiti.
Tamara holds a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Chicago, Booth School of Business; a Master of Education degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education; and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Connecticut College.
Reporting to the President, the vice president for advancement is responsible for advancing the University’s mission through active engagement and lasting philanthropy. In addition to overseeing all fundraising and advancement efforts for the University’s historic $200 million Forever Yours comprehensive campaign with the President and Board of Trustees, the vice president for advancement is also charged with energizing and leading an increasingly robust alumni relations function, connecting traditional U of R alumni with non-traditional alumni, including adult learners and graduates of satellite campuses. Serving on the President’s Cabinet, the vice president of advancement collaborates with many internal and external constituencies, including the local community of Redlands, as well as business, community, and government leaders in the region and state. To achieve these goals, the vice president of university advancement leads a staff of 40 within the Advancement division, including the Development, Alumni and Community Relations, and Advancement Services teams.