Staff Directory

Corporate and Foundation Relations
Maryam Henson
Susan Boerstling
Dorota Amin
Sarah Katz
Stephanie Aboukasm
Skye Landgraf


Maryam Henson
Associate Vice President, Central Initiatives

maryam hensonMaryam Henson, Associate Vice President for Central Initiatives, oversees development for cross-university initiatives and is responsible for growing investment in, and philanthropic support for, presidential priorities. She leads a team of professionals across multiple functions including corporate and foundation relations, marketing communications, donor relations, family philanthropy, athletics, libraries, academic innovation, student experience, scholarships, and Hillel. Previously, Maryam served as assistant vice president for corporate and foundation relations, managing partnerships with institutional donors in support of the university's mission to build a superior learning environment and to conduct groundbreaking research to advance innovation. Maryam came to GW after 11 years at Georgetown University where she was Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations and served in a leadership role in strategic planning for the Advancement office. Previously, she was Executive Director in the Office of Fellowships, Awards and Research at Georgetown, where she managed applications to prestigious fellowships. Maryam has served on the board of the Network of Academic Corporate Relations Officers and previously chaired the National Capital Area CFR Directors Networking Group. She has a bachelor’s degree in foreign service from Georgetown University, a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, and is a member of the bar of the State of Maryland. An avid fan of the outdoors, she enjoys hiking, running, swimming, and exploring the many beautiful parks around the DMV.

Phone: 202-994-0473
Email: [email protected]

Susan Boerstling
Director, Foundation Relations

Susan Boerstling Susan Boerstling, Director of Foundation Relations, spearheads foundation engagement strategy for the university. Susan brings 20 years of development experience to her role, having worked most recently for the Communications Consortium Media Center, a strategic communications nonprofit, for 13 years in a variety of positions, including development director and chief of staff. She also served at Georgetown University in the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations, and at the United Way of Massachusetts Bay in the marketing department. Susan is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Boston College with an A.B. in Communication. She is originally from Maine and enjoys being on the water in her family’s 1986 Boston Whaler.

Phone: 202-994-7384
Email: [email protected]

Dorota Amin
Director, Corporate Relations

Dorota Amin Dorota Amin, Director of Corporate Relations, plans corporate engagement strategy for the university. In addition, she is directly involved in building corporate partnerships for the Milken Institute School of Public Health, School of Business, Elliott School of International Affairs, and the School of Nursing. Dorota has over 11 years of nonprofit management and fundraising experience. She is a proud graduate of a Master in Nonprofit Management program at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Phone: 202-994-5228
Email: [email protected]

Sarah Katz
Associate Director, Foundation Relations

Sarah KatzSarah Katz, Associate Director of Foundation Relations, joined GW’s Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations in January 2019. Sarah brings many years of fundraising and grants management experience to her role, especially in the areas of healthcare delivery, financing, and policy. Prior to coming to GW, Sarah served for over six years as the director of development at Christ House, a medical respite facility for men experiencing homelessness. There she managed private foundation grants as well as all other areas of philanthropic support. She also worked at AcademyHealth, where she supported a large grant-making project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and at Georgetown University, where she managed manuscript processing and peer review for the primary care journal American Family Physician. Sarah holds a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland and an MS in Health Systems Administration from Georgetown University. In her spare time Sarah enjoys running, baking, and working her way through her stack of unread books (recommendations welcome!).

Phone: 202-994-1678

Email: [email protected]

 

Stephanie Aboukasm
Assistant Director, Corporate Relations

Stephanie AboukasmStephanie Aboukasm, Assistant Director of Corporate Relations, works on corporate engagement with the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Global Women’s Institute, and School of Business (GWSB) to secure funding for research, events, and programs. Additionally, she handles corporate sponsorship for events and programs across all schools, units, and initiatives. Prior to joining GW, Stephanie worked in corporate and foundation relations at The Kennedy Center, and held positions in marketing and public relations for Classical Movements and Washington Performing Arts. She holds dual B.M.A. / B.A. degrees in Vocal Performance and Communication Studies from the University of Michigan and is a current M.B.A. candidate within the GW School of Business. Stephanie sings with the 18th Street Singers, a community choir in D.C.

Phone: 202-994-8714
Email: [email protected]

Skye Landgraf
Assistant Director, Foundation Relations

Skye Landgraf Skye Landgraf, Assistant Director of Foundation Relations, joined GW’s Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations in 2018. Skye facilitates the expansion of a robust foundation relations giving program across all schools and units at the university. Skye is an experienced fundraiser with a diverse background of work with both arts non-profits and higher education. Most recently, Skye worked as the development director for Theater J, where she oversaw all aspects of the theater’s fundraising efforts from prospect research to stewardship for both individuals and foundations. Before moving to D.C, she worked as an event coordinator and young alumni outreach officer with the alumni and family relations unit at Hampshire College in Massachusetts. When not at work, Skye can be found writing plays and tinkering with her vintage stereo.

Phone: 202-994-0860
Email: [email protected]