Welcome Cory Miller
Cory Miller MS, the Assistant Director, Alumni Relations is proud to join the Jefferson Foundation team. Cory serves as the liaison for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the Jefferson Schools of Health Professions, Nursing, Pharmacy and Population Health. She responds to alumni inquiries and works in collaboration with the Deans, faculty and Alumni Boards in order to engage Jefferson graduates and keep them continually informed. She manages alumni related matters around communications, events and fundraising.
Before beginning her nonprofit administration career Cory received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre at the College of Charleston. She performed as a singer, dancer and actress as well as being a director, stage manager, producer and playwright. Cory then earned her Masters of Science in Arts Administration at Drexel University as the Dean’s Fellowship recipient of her class. She studied nonprofit administration including marketing and communications, board and volunteer relations, special events, fundraising and management. Cory completed her thesis on nontraditional cross sector relationships analyzing the changes that have occurred in the world of corporate philanthropy. She served as the Development Administrator at Philadelphia Young Playwrights during her studies helping to manage grants and individual giving as well as events and programming.
She then became the Program Director, later promoted to the Network and Communications Director of the Southeast Philadelphia Collaborative, a coalition funded by the William Penn Foundation of seven nonprofits including Fleisher Art Memorial and United Communities Southeast Philadelphia. In this position she managed collaborative grant writing, joint marketing, special events and communications in an effort to encourage partnerships and effective use of resources throughout the coalition. She also directed their annual event, a youth talent show at the Kimmel Center Perelman Theatre involving 94 Philadelphia youth and a full house of almost 400 audience members in 2011. She also partnered with Jefferson University and Hospitals in her work as part of the Philadelphia Urban Food and Fitness Alliance (PUFFA), a W.K. Kellogg Foundation funded initiative that promoted advocacy around the health of school food and the accessibility of space for physical activity.
Cory looks forward to providing assistance to all of the Jefferson Schools around alumni communications and continued engagement whether through online tools, events, alumni boards or other outlets. She also aims to further connect with current students in an effort to provide information about what it means to be a Jefferson alumnus before one earns a diploma.