The scope of this position, which Dr. Cristini has held since June 2020, encompasses all fundraising, grants and government support, alumni relations, events and conferences, and external relations.
Dr. Cristini creates partnerships between the Public College and the community to obtain funds for scholarships, faculty development, capital projects, and campus programs. She cultivates, solicits, and receives funds from alumni, friends, parents, corporations, and foundations and solicits grant funding from federal, state and private foundations.
She is also a Professor of Biology at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Her credentials in grant seeking range from grants for her biological research to securing funding from the National Science Foundation for a $1.2 million biology laboratory renovation project. The majority of her grant activity is in the area of STEM education – being the recipient of competitive grant funding exceeding $10 million dollars from the National Science Foundation, federal Department of Education, federal Environmental Protection Agency, New Jersey State Department of Education, Berrie Foundation, REED Foundation for Autism and the Orange and Rockland Foundation for: informal science, teacher enhancement, and curriculum development projects in science and technology in the last 26 years.
Dr. Cristini developed a MOU with the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission – now the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority to operate the Meadowlands Environment Center (MEC). She directs all activities at the MEC since August 2003; over 20,000 children, educators, families, adults, and older adults per year participate in informal science programming at the MEC. This MOU has generated > $35 million dollars.
She has a national reputation as an expert in STEM education for students, educators and the community and has been invited by the National Science Foundation to present her work at national meetings and by the National Academies of Sciences to serve on the Committee on Informal STEM Learning.
She holds a Ph.D. in Biology from the City University of New York and joined Ramapo in 1977.