Office of Development and Alumni Relations

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations cultivates key relationships that advance the School’s mission and builds robust relationships with funders. Along with conducting outreach to alumni, individual donors, members of the Board of Overseers, and institutional funders, the Office builds relationships with global bi-lateral organizations to educate leaders in multiple sectors about the importance of public health and the work of the Mailman School.

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Catherine Block
Senior Associate Director, Research and Prospect Management

Catherine Block joined the Development team at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in August 2018. Prior to joining the Columbia Mailman School, Catherine was an assistant director on the research and prospect management team at Harvard University. Catherine has over 10 years of experience in development having begun her career in healthcare working for Children’s Hospital Boston as well as Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. She holds a B.A. in Art History and Sociology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and is pursuing her M.A. in Library and Information Science at Simmons College.

Debbie Rosenberg Bush
Senior Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations

Debbie Rosenberg Bush joined the Development team in January 2013 and works with the Dean, faculty, and colleagues to secure support from foundations and corporations for major institutional initiatives and priority projects. She previously served as senior director of development for the Cancer Support Community, director of corporate and foundation relations at Gilda’s Club Worldwide, director of foundation support at the American Museum of Natural History, and director of development at the New York Academy of Sciences. Before her career in development, she worked at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center as director of publications and was an editor at Random House, The Sciences, and Consumer Reports. Rosenberg Bush has a Bachelor of Science from Yale University. She served on the board of Women in Development New York, where she co-chaired the sponsorship committee, and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Women in Development New York. She is also actively involved with the Yale Alumni Fund and the Yale Club of New York City.

Fern Schwartz 
Director of Development, Major Gifts

Fern Schwartz, who joined the Mailman School in August 2012, is a veteran of the nonprofit sector with extensive experience in donor development. At Mailman, she is responsible for developing and implementing strategic fundraising approaches including the engagement and cultivation of current and prospective major gift donors. Schwartz has worked in fundraising for over 17 years, most recently as the national director of development for the Lupus Research Institute and as vice president of development at Nyack Hospital. She spent over 12 years at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine where she served as senior major gifts officer and helped secure one of the largest gifts in the college’s history. Schwartz holds a Master of Science degree from Brooklyn College and a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz.