Corporate and Foundation Relations

Corporate and Foundation Relations Staff

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Matt Meyer

614-688-5730
meyer.31@osu.edu
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Matt Meyer
Senior Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Matthew (Matt) Meyer currently serves as Senior Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at The Ohio State University. In this role, he leads a team of fundraising professionals that partner with Ohio State’s academic units to secure private support from national corporations and foundation. Before becoming Senior Director of the team, Matt served as Director of Corporate Relations. Beyond his experience with the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Matt has also held the position of Assistant Director of Annual Giving Programs at The Ohio State University where he developed the Reunion Giving Program, led the parent fundraising component and directed the student-based outbound calling operation.

Prior to his roles with Corporate and Foundation Relations, Matt spent a brief time away from Ohio State serving as the Director of Development and Interim Vice President at Ohio Dominican University.

Matt holds a BS in education from The Ohio State University.

Ryan Zinn

614-247-1880
zinn.7@osu.edu
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Ryan Zinn
Director of Corporate Relations

Ryan serves as the Director of Development for Corporate Relations, having joined the team in January of 2013.  Focusing on corporate partners that have a multi-college interest in the university, Ryan aligns their interests in research, student recruitment and service with the many philanthropic opportunities available throughout campus. Prior to his role with The Ohio State University Foundation, Ryan served as a Senior Licensing Associate for ten years in Ohio State’s Office of Technology Commercialization & Knowledge Transfer. Previous to that role, Ryan worked for three years as a process engineer for a global CD-ROM and DVD-ROM manufacturer and as a staff engineer for two years at Ohio State’s Center for Net-Shape Manufacturing while earning a Master of Science degree in Industrial Systems Engineering. Ryan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at Ohio State and is currently pursuing a Master of Labor and Human Resources degree from Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business. He is a Professional Engineer and a Notary Public, both for the State of Ohio. Ryan is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) and the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE).

Casey Grisez

614-292-3972
grisez.4@osu.edu
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Casey Grisez
Assistant Director of Corporate Relations

Casey serves as the Assistant Director of Corporate Relations. In this capacity, he connects the university to corporations in Ohio and throughout the Midwest. Prior to joining Corporate and Foundation Relations, Casey worked for JPMorgan in New York City as an Investor Relations Associate, then as a Latin America Portfolio Manager. He began his career with JPMorgan in Columbus, Ohio, as a Portfolio Manager in Private Wealth Management.

Casey earned his BA in economics from The Ohio State University.

Dinessa Solomon

614-688-3049
solomon.189@osu.edu

Dinessa Solomon
Director of Foundation Relations

Dinessa Solomon serves as the Director of Foundation Relations for The Ohio State University Foundation. There she works with faculty and staff to secure foundation funding for university programmatic, academic and facility needs.  Dinessa has secured major gifts through successful grant writing, relationship building and fundraising for immigrant and refugee populations, institutions of higher education, charter schools and government agencies. Formerly, Dinessa served as the Director of Grant Development for the United Way of Central Ohio, where she conducts several trainings a year around grant writing. Dinessa is a native of Phoenix, Arizona, and holds a BA in organizational communication from Arizona State University.

Emily Irwin

614-688-2180
irwin.290@osu.edu
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Emily Irwin
Director of Foundation Relations, OSUWMC and Health Science Colleges

Emily Irwin serves as Director of Foundation Relations for Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center and seven health science colleges. In this capacity, she secures philanthropic foundation support for a variety of community outreach, education and research initiatives. Emily also works with faculty and staff to identify collaborative programming opportunities within the health sciences, and between the health sciences and main campus. Prior to joining Ohio State in late 2012, Emily lived in Washington, D.C., working primarily in the non-governmental sector to strengthen democracy and good governance in Sub-Saharan Africa. Earlier in her career, she spent time working on state-level economic development and international trade in Ohio. Emily is a proud alumna of The Ohio State University (BA, international studies and French) and American University (MA, international service).

Meg Savane

614-292-3058
savane.1@osu.edu
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Meg Savane
Program Coordinator, Corporate and Foundation Relations

Meg serves as the Program Coordinator for Corporate and Foundation Relations. She is responsible for organizing prospect strategy development, campaign preparation and data. She manages the submission process for smaller grant applications and assists with large grant applications and research for funding opportunities. Meg also coordinates the strategic and operational planning efforts for the CFR team.

Meg comes to us from the Human Services Coalition in Miami Florida where she served as the Development Coordinator, raising funds through direct marketing campaigns and events. Prior to her time in Miami, Meg held numerous positions in the Annual Fund at Denison University, including management of the calling program. Meg earned a B.A. in Psychology from Denison and a J.D. from Florida International University.

Office of Corporate and
Foundation Relations
1480 West Lane Avenue
Columbus, OH 43221
Phone: (614) 688-1563
Fax: (614) 292-4121
cfr@osu.edu

REASONS TO SAY “THANK YOU!”

The But for Ohio State campaign is a $2.5 billion fundraising endeavor that invites those who believe in Ohio State to invest in our students, our faculty, and our potential.

*Gifts through June 30, 2014

“BUT FOR OHIO STATE AND THE EDUCATION I RECEIVED, I NEVER WOULD HAVE STARTED MY BUSINESS.”

—Leslie Wexner ’59