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The Office of Advancement and External Affairs at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian coordinates fundraising efforts to enable our scientists and engineers to ask, test and answer humanity’s greatest unresolved questions about the Universe.

Support Our Science - The Giant Magellan Telescope

The Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian is looking for life. The ongoing science mission most crucial to this is the Giant Magellan Telescope, a marvel of next-generation engineering and observational technology.

The GMT’s seven enormous, 28-foot mirrors will combine to form a gigantic telescope of unprecedented power. The GMT and its instruments are designed to search for signs of life of exoplanets and investigate the “dark” portion of the Universe with a level of refinement unseen in human history -- join us in this mission

Advancement Office Staff

Sharon Allen, CFRE, Chief Advancement & External Affairs Officer

Sharon directs a multifaceted program of CfA philanthropic gift and grant activities, as well as fundraising, press and public relations, special events and public programs.


Office Phone: (617) 495-7410


Sarah Hogan, Donor Relations and Events Manager

Sarah is responsible for stewarding donor relations, coordinating advancement events, and gift accounting.


Office Phone: 617-495-1490


Katherine Copeland, Advancement Specialist

Katherine assists with coordinating advancement and external affairs events, gift processing, and administrative tasks, such as purchase requests, scheduling travel arrangements, and time keeping.


Office Phone: 617-496-7581


Nadia Whitehead, Public Affairs Officer

Nadia serves as the Public Affairs Officer for the CfA. Nadia oversees media relations and external communication, working closely with researchers and the media to highlight the center's research, activities, programs and events.


Phone: 617-721-7371


Mariclaire O'Neill, Public Affairs Specialist

Mariclaire is a Public Affairs Specialist. She assists with producing content for marketing and media purposes, coordinating media requests, and organizing advancement and outreach events. She is also responsible for administrative duties such as purchasing requests, overseeing contracts, and scheduling travel arrangements.


Office Phone: 617-495-7272


Tyler Jump, Marketing Manager

Tyler is responsible for developing and implementing CfA's marketing, brand, and digital communication strategy. He also oversees the publication and design of traditional and online marketing materials and assists in the development of fundraising campaigns for prospective donors.


Office Phone: 617-495-7462