Liesl Downey, B.A., Vice President

Institutional Advancement is responsible for strengthening the University through strategic initiatives, programs, events and campaigns executed by the unit’s Offices of Alumni Relations, Development, and Public Relations. It also directs the operations of the NEIU Foundation in collaboration with the Foundation’s board of directors, which includes the raising and provision of scholarships and other student aid processed through the Office of Financial Aid, as well as the building of the University’s endowment.

Alumni Relations / Alumni Association (NEIUAA)
Alumni Relations hosts a variety of events and programs throughout the year including social gatherings on campus and in Chicago, academic lectures, community service activities, volunteer opportunities, and professional development programs. Our Alumni Association is now more than 79,000 strong with members throughout the United States and around the world. The Alumni Association offers a five-level membership program to alumni and friends of the University. The annual membership fee is a fully tax-deductible donation that supports student scholarships for internship experiences. Current students can engage through a variety of programs with the NEIUAA including a student membership, internship scholarship, and an alumni/student mentorship program.  

Development / NEIU Foundation (NEIUF)
The NEIU Foundation, through the Office of Development, coordinates the University’s efforts to raise philanthropic support through private sources. This encompasses annual and principal giving, corporate and foundation relations, planned giving, development communications, and stewardship programs. Development also provides counsel for special fundraising efforts across university units. The help of faculty, staff and volunteers is crucial as we communicate the impact of philanthropic support and inspire alumni and friends with opportunities that enrich and grow Northeastern’s capacity for excellence.

Public Relations
Through its relationships with the news media, businesses and organizations, and the community at large, this office helps raise awareness about the University locally, nationally and internationally. By promoting the accomplishments of the faculty, staff and students--as well as the University as a whole--the Office of Public Relations builds the University's reputation in alignment with its core values.