Margot Jenson Neufeld’s career in advancement and external relations at both public and private institutions spans more than 25 years. Since 2015, Margot has led the Parent Giving and Boulder Advancement Programs team and partners with campus leaders to expand parent engagement and philanthropy and grow support for broad, campus-level initiatives.
Margot has strong leadership and team management experience and deep knowledge of campaign planning and execution, volunteer and board management, stewardship, annual, major and planned giving strategies, and student recruitment and admission.
For nearly a decade, Margot worked in admission at the University of Southern California and The Hockaday School for Girls in Dallas, TX. In moving to advancement, Margot worked at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Polytechnic School in Pasadena, CA before joining the University of Colorado Boulder in 2005. At CU Boulder, she was named the first full-time development officer in the School of Education and built a comprehensive fundraising program with the Dean, Lorrie Shepard, including starting WISE – Women Investing in the School of Education. Together, they elevated fundraising from $200,000 to over $1.5 million annually, and closed three, seven-figure gifts.
Margot’s family has Colorado roots – her grandmother was born and raised in Pueblo and her mother attended CU in the early 60’s. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California where she earned a BA in Communication, Arts and Sciences, was a four-year student athlete in crew and was selected as a member of the All Pac-10 rowing team in her senior year.