Janet Wasserstein

Senior Associate Director

Background Information
Janet Wasserstein is a Senior Associate Director in the Foundation Relations Department at MIT. She focuses on developing and strengthening relationships with a portfolio of private foundations, and is responsible for projects in the fields of science, educational technology, museums, medical research, and management. Prior to joining Foundation Relations in December 2002, she was the Communications and Development Officer at MIT’s Center for Advanced Educational Studies that focused on educational technology and distance learning. She has a particular interest in social entrepreneurship and foundations working in this area.

From 1991-2000 she was Special Assistant to the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Corporation for Educational Telecommunications that served K-12 students with programs using educational technology. Earlier in her career, she was an administrator at the Harvard University Arts Museums, and initiated and managed a cultural exchange and research grant program within the cultural affairs division of the US Embassy in London. She also served as assistant to the President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York and grants assistant at the Nuffield Foundation in London.

  • “The New Visionaries” from Currents Magazine 2009
  • “The Rules” for finding the right campus-foundation partnership from Currents Magazine 2005

Education
The Heller School For Social Policy and Management
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
M.A. in Management of Human Services

Open University, United Kingdom
B.A. in Arts and Social Sciences (Hons)

Contact Information
Office of Foundation Relations
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
600 Memorial Drive
Room W98-100
Cambridge, MA 02139

[T] 617-253-4789
[F] 617-258-8800
janetw@mit.edu