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Foundation Relations

Meet Our Team


Tamara LaFrance

Senior Director of Development
Foundation Relations


Tamara serves as Senior Director of Development for Foundation Relations and focuses on identifying, cultivating, and advancing partnerships between private foundations and WSU research expertise and vision. She assists foundation partners and facilitates their interactions with WSU, supports faculty, administrators, and staff with proposal development for private foundation gifts and grants, and works with funded research teams to help ensure that the university is a good steward of the funds granted. Tamara has worked in the non-profit sector for 20 years to support programs and research that benefit our world.




Town Centre Building, 3rd Floor
255 E. Main Street, Suite 301
PO Box 641925
Pullman, WA 99164-1925
Phone: 509-335-6686 or 800-GIV-2-WSU (448-2978)
Fax: 509-335-8419

Laurie Weinmann

Coordinator/Fiscal Analyst
Foundation Relations


As the Coordinator/Fiscal Analyst for the Foundation Relations Team, Laurie’s role is to provide office and financial support, assist with development program activities and research Grant funding opportunities. Laurie has been with Washington State University for almost 36 years, 26 of those with the Foundation Finance area. She has taken multiple college classes and training and has valuable University experience and an endless network of contacts. She has been a soccer mom/coach, baseball coach and a motocross mom to two wonderful boys. She loves anything outdoors, especially camping, skiing and hanging on a friends pontoon boat in which the Cougar Flag is always proudly flown.



Donny Cozzi

Director of Development
Foundation Relations



As Director of Development, Donny manages foundation partnerships across the WSU System. Donny received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of South Florida, master’s degree in strategic communications management from Florida International University, and graduate certificate in project management from the University of Denver. He has worked in higher education for 12 years and resides in Denver, Colorado.


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