Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations
Dr. Marianne Smith is the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations in University Advancement, where she is responsible for developing strategies to build the University’s relationships with corporations, foundations, and nonprofit organizations. Her focus is on the Schools of Medicine and Nursing, as well as related centers and units. The Corporate and Foundation Relations team can help review letters of intent and proposals, interpret funding guidelines, conduct searches for funding opportunities and help prepare faculty and administrators for site visits with foundation representatives.
Dr. Smith received her Ph.D. (1998) in Physiology and Biophysics from the University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine) where she identified a specific region of the rat brain sodium channel that is critical for fast inactivation. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences, as a content scientist in private industry, and most recently as Director of Research Development in the Office of Research at UC Irvine. Her career has included research in multiple biological sciences disciplines as well as extensive experience in scientific writing and editing.