Preconference Workshop Session Speakers
Carla Ingrando is director of university corporate and foundation relations at Cornell University. Prior to joining Cornell in January 2018, Carla served as senior director of foundation relations at the University of Notre Dame. Carla comes to CFR work from the academy, where she previously served on the faculties of Denison University and Marylhurst University. Carla earned her PhD in Ethics from the University of Notre Dame; MDiv from Vanderbilt Divinity School; MPA from the University of South Carolina; and B.A. (political science) from Furman University.
Kate Norton serves as the director of corporate and foundation relations (CFR) at Dartmouth. Kate has been successful in higher education and non-profit organization development. Over the last three years, she has strategically grown her team, overseen a doubling of proposal submissions, including to Moore, Mellon, Keck, Luce, Templeton and others, and realized a 100% increase in foundation and corporate support. Before heading the Dartmouth team, Kate was Sr. Associate Director of Foundation Relations at Princeton, where she contributed to new all-time highs private foundation support. Prior to Princeton she was at Yale Law School in a dual CFR and Major Gift Officer role, where she secured significant foundation gifts for a human rights program as well as other programs. Kate is committed to fostering diverse and inclusive workplace environment, fostering professional development of employees through internal mentorship and external training and leadership opportunities. Finally, Kate is a strong advocate for expanding communications and partnerships between Principal and Leadership Giving and Corporate and Foundation Relations, among other areas, taking a holistic approach to maximize individual and organizational engagement and stewardship. Kate received a B.A. in Studio Art and Religion from Dartmouth College and a M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Ryan Sauder is assistant dean of academic advancement and senior director of college grants and foundation & corporate relations at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In that capacity, he leads his staff in the Office of College Grants and collaborates with Advancement and Academic Affairs leaders to source, develop, resource, and implement creative projects that leverage the support of both organizational and individual investors to advance the College's liberal arts mission.
Michelle is the University of Richmond’s assistant vice president for foundation, corporate, and government relations. In this capacity, she and her team provide campus-wide leadership and support to faculty and administrators seeking to secure external funding for individual research, institutional programs, and other scholarly and creative endeavors. Prior to joining the University of Richmond in 2009, Michelle spent 12 years at the University of Virginia, most recently serving as the UVA Health System’s director of foundation and corporate relations. With a background that includes annual, major gift, and grateful patient fundraising, she has presented, lectured, and trained others on topics ranging from proposal writing for gift officers to the changing landscape of healthcare philanthropy to non-profit board development. Michelle co-presented two sessions at the 2018 CASE CFR conference, as well as “Leading from the Middle: Amplifying the Role of CFR Officers” at the 2017 CASE CFR and 2018 NACRO conferences. She holds a Master of Public Administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and received her undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire.