With the long-planned Advanced Science Research Center moving toward completion, a key member of the team bringing it from vision to reality is its newest: Madeleine d’Ambrosio, recently named the ASRC’s acting chief operating officer and director of development.
A former senior executive with the financial services giant TIAA-CREF, d’Ambrosio was recruited by Vice Chancellor for Research Gillian Small to take a leading role in final planning for the $350 million science center.
Reporting directly to the vice chancellor—who is also the ASRC’s executive director—d’Ambrosio is involved with all aspects of the center’s planned 2014 opening: recruiting the 20 scientists who will lead the ASRC’s five initiatives, assembling its technical and support staff of more than 50, equipping its state-of-the-art core facilities and overseeing the center’s marketing and communications. As director of development, d’Ambrosio is working closely with CUNY’s top leadership to attract private philanthropy to support the center’s research and education initiatives, supplementing its capital funding by New York State.
“Madeleine d’Ambrosio brings extensive experience in areas that are vital to a successful launch of the ASRC,” Vice Chancellor Small said. “To create a center for innovative scientists, we need equally imaginative executive leadership. Madeleine is an experienced administrator, a strategic thinker and someone who can lead our mission to bring CUNY’s high-end science to the public.”
Prior to joining CUNY, d’Ambrosio was a senior executive and innovative leader at TIAA-CREF, which 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.
“The ASRC is one of CUNY’s most important and highly anticipated ventures,” d’Ambrosio said, “and many people took part in conceiving and planning it. They’ve created the blueprint for an extraordinary science center, and I’m excited to be part of the team that is bringing it to fruition. The next two years will be challenging and exciting. But that will be just the beginning of an extraordinary new chapter for CUNY.”