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Madeleine d’Ambrosio


Madeleine d’Ambrosio
Acting Chief Operating Officer
and Director of Development

Madeleine d’Ambrosio joined the ASRC team in January 2012, reporting directly to Gillian Small, CUNY’s vice chancellor for research and ASRC executive director. Recruited to play a pivotal role in all aspects of final planning for the new science center, Ms. d’Ambrosio is involved in recruiting the center’s faculty and staff, establishing and equipping its core facilities, and coordinating its marketing and communications efforts.

As director of development, she works closely with CUNY’s top leadership to secure private philanthropy supporting the center’s research and education initiatives, supplementing its capital funding by New York State.

Prior to her arrival at CUNY, Ms. d’Ambrosio had a distinguished career as a senior executive and innovative leader at TIAA-CREF, a major financial services organization that manages more than $400 billion in employee retirement assets for academic, medical, cultural, government and research institutions. In her most recent position, she served as vice president and executive director of the TIAA-CREF Institute, which provides research, information and programs to help clients make informed decisions about financial security and higher education. She oversaw all operations, programs, personnel and budget decisions.

She was a member of the TIAA-CREF Senior Leadership Team and served on a number of boards, including the Cornell University Higher Education Research Institute Advisory Board.  

Ms. d’Ambrosio earned a B.A. from Manhattanville College and completed the Aspen Institute Executive Program. 


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