Coleen Burrus

Director, Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations (CEFR)

Coleen Burrus is a member of Princeton University’s Dean for Research leadership team. Burrus is committed to creating a culture of innovation, bold initiative, and open communication on her team.  

As the director of corporate engagement and foundation relations, Burrus advances the mission of the University by leading efforts to develop strategic and innovative research collaborations with external partners. Her team creates opportunities to expand and deepen industry engagement; and cultivates relationships and the exchange of ideas with foundations dedicated to research. During her time at Princeton, Burrus has been successful in broadening discussion and creating dynamic new models for interaction by convening non-traditional research partners.

Prior to Princeton, Burrus had leadership roles in both government and higher education, including at Northwestern University, University of Chicago, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and St. Louis County government.