Maureen Hammett Joins Launch NY Team
Release Date: September, 2014
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Maureen Hammett, who has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, has been named Director of Development and Administration at Launch NY. Her appointment was effective as of August 18.
Hammett most recently spent eight years in various leadership roles for RuffaloCODY, a privately-held company providing software and services/consulting in the not-for-profit world. In her role as Executive Vice President for the Fundraising Management division of the company, she managed a team of seven high-level sales executives, responsible for a significant portion of the company’s overall revenue. Prior to her tenure with RuffaloCODY, Hammett served more than 13 years at the University at Buffalo, including nine years in various leadership roles in University Development. She was on board during UB’s successfully completed Generation to Generation $250 million comprehensive campaign.
Launch NY, which has received $8 million in public and philanthropic funding, is a nonprofit venture development organization. It works to identify, support and invest in high-growth, high-impact companies and catalyze the entrepreneurial culture in upstate New York. In her new role, Hammett will work closely with Marnie LaVigne, who was recently appointed as the CEO of Launch NY. Hammett will focus her time and efforts both on securing funds for Launch NY’s dual mission of supporting startup entrepreneurs and sourcing seed stage funding, as well as on building the necessary infrastructure to support the long-term health and well-being of the organization.
“We are delighted to have Maureen on board here at Launch NY,” stated LaVigne. “Her background and success in high-level fundraising initiatives combined with her sterling credentials as an executive administrator and manager make her the ideal professional to further impact Launch NY’s role in the Upstate New York entrepreneurial ecosystem.”
Hammett’s expertise in fundraising and management will help to position Launch NY for the future, and build off recent momentum tied to LaVigne’s taking the helm of the organization. Launch NY will devote time and resources to expand its influence in Western New York and beyond. Launch NY’s executive offices are in UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, located on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. It also has entrepreneurs-in-residence working in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Ithaca.
Hammett has both bachelor of science and masters of science degrees in elementary education and a masters of science in student personnel administration from Buffalo State College (SUNY).
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Launch NY, Inc.
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