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Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations

The mission of the Office of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations at Mount St. Mary’s College is to build partnerships with businesses and philanthropic foundations that can further advance the College’s ability to provide a superior education to a diverse student body.

We are actively seeking support for the following priorities:


Mount St. Mary’s College has a long-standing tradition of enabling young women from diverse socio-economic backgrounds to pursue a college education. More than 90 percent of our undergraduates qualify for financial aid based on nationally applied family income criteria. However, financial aid often covers only a portion of students’ costs. In addition to the traditional financial aid package of grants and loans, many students turn to working long hours to finance their education. Unfortunately, many full-time working students work enough hours, which negatively affects their studies. This often serves as a major impediment to their academic progress and may delay graduation.

Private scholarships are critical both to the continued success of the College and our students. Contributions to Mount St. Mary’s scholarship program constitute the greatest need and most enduring impact to our students’ futures.

Student Ambassador Program

One of the most effective and influential outreach programs at Mount St. Mary’s College, the Student Ambassador Program partners with local area high schools and community-based organizations to motivate thousands of high school students and other youth to complete school and aspire to a college education. Many Ambassadors return to their alma maters and other high schools, housing developments, community youth organizations, and learning centers to actively mentor at-risk youth through the college admissions process. Ambassadors serve as the ideal role models for their mentees because they often come from the same community, if not the same high school, as their mentees and are able to show by their own example that higher education is an attainable goal.

Through this mentoring partnership, Student Ambassadors develop leadership, interpersonal, and social skills while providing critically needed encouragement and guidance to Los Angeles’ inner-city youth.

Nursing Programs Expansion and Support

Since 1950 when MSMC established California’s first baccalaureate nursing program, the College has been a leader in nursing education. The College has five distinct programs for students who are interested in a nursing career: Associate of Arts Degree in Nursing (ADN), Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN), an accelerated BSN program, Master of Science Degree in Nursing (MSN), and our newest program, the ADN to MSN Program.

These programs encompass one of the most comprehensive and largest nursing programs in the state, with more than 600 students currently enrolled. Exemplifying the College’s mission to build leadership skills and a spirit of community service, Mount graduates are highly coveted by local hospitals and other healthcare providers. In fact, more than 150 medical facilities serve as clinical partners and provide hands-on experience for nursing students.

The College is continuously looking for new partnerships to further support these nursing programs and enable us to enroll an even greater number of students while providing them with much-needed tuition support such as forgivable loan opportunities and scholarships.

For more information on these projects or if you have any other questions, please contact the Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations office.


Jeremy Niculescu
director of corporate and government relations

Jeremy Niculescu joined Mount St. Mary’s College in March 2005. He is primarily responsible for securing external support from the corporate and government communities to assist with the College’s key initiatives such as student scholarships, academic programs, and community outreach. With a background in nonprofit management and grants fundraising and administration, he has been involved with several non-profit organizations and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer, teaching computer software classes and establishing community computer labs in underserved neighborhoods in Greater Los Angeles. Niculescu received a BA with honors in history and religious studies from the University of California at Riverside and has recently earned an MBA from The Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, hiking, volunteering, playing fetch with Lucy the dog, and a good cup of coffee.

Mae Choe
director of foundation relations

Before joining Mount St. Mary’s College in 2006, Mae Choe held several positions in the nonprofit sector including AmeriCorps VISTA, program director for community mediation, and executive director. She earned a BA with honors from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an MA from the University of California at Los Angeles both in Asian American Studies. Choe is a volunteer docent for the Doheny Mansion.

Responsibilities: Work closely with the vice president for institutional advancement, key faculty, and staff on both campuses to develop strategies to increase support through growing existing foundation partnerships and acquiring new partners. Strategize and coordinate efforts with the grants coordinator and/or grants office consultant in preparation of all letters of inquiry, proposals, reports, and other time-sensitive materials to foundation donors. Support the president and vice president for institutional advancement to develop, plan, coordinate, and execute the cultivation and stewardship of foundation donors. Work with faculty and staff to ensure compliance with grant requirements.

Riza Freeman
grants coordinator

A native of Los Angeles, Riza holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Southern California, and a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University.   She spent five transformative years in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she worked as an ESL teacher and editor, and later served in the nonprofit world in various positions.  A devotee of poetry and literature, she has been a long-time volunteer in animal rescue.

Responsibilities: Raise financial support from corporations and foundations to fund student scholarships, academic programs, and community outreach initiatives. Prepare and write time-sensitive grant proposals, applications, letters of inquiry, and reports for submission to donors. Research and identify viable funding prospects. Provide comprehensive organizational and administrative support to the Grants Office to ensure that fundraising activities and stewardship responsibilities are carried out at an appropriately high and consistent level.