Conferences & Training
Faculty - International Advancement Conference: North American Strategies for Global Alumni Relations and Fundraising

Conference Co-Chairs

Marc Weinstein

Marc Weinstein
Vice-Principal of University Advancement
McGill University

Marc Weinstein is vice-principal of university advancement at McGill University, where he spearheaded "Campaign McGill: History in the Making." "Campaign McGill" was the university's most ambitious and comprehensive fundraising effort ever and raised a remarkable $1.026 billion in just eight years.

He has previously served as vice-president and general counsel of the MUHC Foundation, playing a key role in the $300-million "Best Care for Life Campaign," and as executive director of the Jewish General Hospital Foundation in Montreal. In 2015, he was the recipient of the Outstanding Philanthropic Career Award from the Quebec Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Weinstein holds degrees in arts and law from McGill, as well as a master's degree from York University in Toronto. He is a member of the Quebec Bar.

Benjamin Zoll

Benjamin Zoll
Assistant Vice President, Principal and Major Gifts
Boston Children’s Trust

Benjamin Zoll is the assistant vice president for principal and major giving at Boston Children’s Hospital. He oversees a number of teams at BCH, including international giving, which features two dedicated front-line officers. Zoll and his team develop and implement the international fundraising strategy for the hospital’s current $1.3B campaign. His team oversees international development travel for leadership and hospital faculty, as well as creates new materials and communications tools for a global audience, working to expand and build the BCH brand among grateful patients and unaffiliated donors alike.

Prior to working at BCH, Zoll served as senior director of international advancement at Harvard University, where he oversaw university-wide international giving and policy. He has more than 15 years of experience working internationally, including development roles at Conservation International and Johns Hopkins University. He speaks Mandarin Chinese, has a master's degree from the Jackson School at the University of Washington in East Asian Studies, and a bachelor's degree from Hamilton College in world politics.



David W. Cashman

David W. Cashman
Senior Director, International Advancement
University of Chicago

David Cashman has more than 13 years of experience in higher education development and is currently senior director, international advancement for the University of Chicago. In this capacity he leads a team to increase philanthropic support of the University from alumni, parents, friends and organizations in key markets outside the U.S. In addition he helps implement a coordinated program of activities which expand the University's international fundraising capacity globally. From January 2013 to April 2015, he was Director of International Advancement-Asia, with a focus on India and China and, since April 2015, his work includes oversight of global advancement initiatives.

Prior to this, Cashman spent 8 years at Chicago Booth, most recently as Senior Associate Director for Alumni Affairs and Development where he served as principal relationship manager for the dean's advisory boards, including cabinets in Asia, Central/South America, and Europe/Middle East. He managed a portfolio of high-capacity individuals in support of fundraising and alumni engagement goals globally, helped establish the school's first Global Advisory Board, and managed global board recruiting.

Cashman has an M.B.A. from Chicago Booth, a master's degree in social science from the University of Chicago, and a bachelor's degree in history from Boston College.

Verónica Martini

Verónica Martini
Senior Executive Director, Global Initiatives
Columbia University

Verónica Martini is senior executive director for global initiatives at Columbia University. Previously, she served as the associate director for strategy and development at Harvard University's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS).

She holds a bachelor's degree from the Patagonian Institute of English Teacher Training in Argentina, a master's degree in English education from Armstrong Atlantic State University, and an Ed.M. degree in international education policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). A native Argentine, while at the HGSE she created a mentor-tutor program for Latino teens at a local high school, and co-founded the Harvard Argentine Society, in which she remains an active member. She has been published and has spoken professionally on topics related to education and fundraising, is an adviser to the Council on the Education Professions at the Fetzer Institute, and volunteers with other organizations and initiatives in the United States and Argentina.