Zamira Korff

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Senior Vice President of Institutional Advancement
BA, American University

Zamira Korff became senior vice president of institutional advancement on October 23, 2017. Korff serves as Brandeis’ senior fundraising executive and leads both alumni relations and advancement at the university.

Korff came to Brandeis from Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) of Boston. She joined CJP as director of the women’s division in 1997. She advanced to the positions of director of major gifts and director of development before becoming senior vice president of development in 2010. In 2015, she was named senior vice president of strategic philanthropy. In that role, she was responsible for working with CJP’s top donors, leading a $12 million-plus capital campaign, and raising $55 million annually to sustain and support CJP’s operations and community programs. In addition to leading the development department, Korff was responsible for developing the Israel and overseas agenda for CJP’s Strategic Plan.

Before coming to Boston, Korff served as legislative aide to the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs in Washington, D.C. On behalf of then-Senator Joseph Biden, chair of the subcommittee, Korff helped to create legislation on foreign-policy issues including arms control, collective security, free enterprise initiatives and market development in the newly emerging democracies of Eastern Europe. She also concentrated her efforts on the conflict in Bosnia and the role of the United Nations as peacekeeper in the post-Cold War world.

Korff earned her bachelor’s degree from the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C.