Cheryl Martinez Thibodeau has joined the Clayton State University
Division of External Relations as the University’s first Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations.
Thibodeau comes to Clayton State after three years at Southern Polytechnic University where she was a development officer for Major, Corporate and Foundation Giving. Her extensive development background also includes serving as membership gift coordinator for the Atlanta Botanical Garden (2004-2007), on-air fundraising coordinator for Georgia Public Broadcasting (2007-2009), and philanthropy operations coordinator for The Nature Conservancy in Georgia (2009-2011).
“I am thrilled to be a part of the team at Clayton State University,” she says. “I hope to benefit the University’s mission by finding support in the community and beyond, building a culture of support, and developing long-lasting relationships with donors. I’m especially excited to be in an environment which encourages creativity and the arts, combined with a robust comprehensive education.”
“We are very excited to have Cheryl join our team,” says Vice President for External Relations Kate Troelstra. “Her experience and knowledge of the Atlanta corporate and foundation philanthropic landscape will have an immediate and positive impact on the students and faculty of Clayton State.”
A native of the United Kingdom, Thibodeau is a graduate of the University of Wales in Aberystwyth, where she earned a B.A. in Art History. She and her husband Greg reside in Lithia Springs, Ga., with their two dogs, Murphy and Champ.
As director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Thibodeau is responsible for raising unrestricted and restricted corporate and foundation support for all areas of the University at annual and major gift levels. She will also work closely with alumni, faculty, administration, and volunteers to identify, cultivate, and solicit the University’s corporate and foundation prospects.
During her time at Southern Polytechnic, Thibodeau created several new initiatives to broaden the University’s avenues of support, including an internal Corporate and Foundation Relations Council, and the “Development 101” session for key faculty and staff. She also led the highly successful annual corporate recognition event, “PolyDay.”