Corporate & Foundation Relations

Corporate Relations contacts

tamara lafrance

Tamara LaFrance

Senior Director Corporate Engagement | 206-616-3702

Tami is the central point of contact for companies seeking to work with the UW. She works with company representatives and UW leaders to develop and grow corporate partnership and engagement for the benefit of our region, nation and globe. Tami has driven the development of partnerships between academic institutions and companies in the technology, health and business sectors for more than 15 years.

Todd Cleland

Todd Cleland

Director, Corporate Relations | 206-543-9852

Todd develops and supports research-based engagements with industry, with a focus on engineering and technology. His expertise includes industry-sponsored projects, company involvement in government-funded programs, industry affiliate programs and connections for consulting. He also leads strategic projects to help make the University easier for companies to do business with. Prior to joining the UW, Todd had a 20+ year career at Hewlett-Packard, where he worked in R&D, management and business development roles. He is an inventor on 20 patents. Todd holds a B.S.E. from Princeton and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, both in chemical engineering; he also has a master’s degree in management from MIT’s Sloan School.

Rad Roberts

Rad Roberts

Director, Corporate Relations | 206-221-7977

Rad is focused on developing productive partnerships between life science companies and UW health sciences researchers that help spark innovation and increase its ability to improve human health. Rad has 15 years of experience in health sciences technology commercialization, business development and business strategy in both industry and academic settings. Rad received a B.S. in biology from Stanford and a Ph.D. in biology from MIT. He has worked on research and commercialization projects in biochemistry, molecular genetics, microbiology, photonics, neuro-modulation, medical devices and biopharmaceuticals.

Terry Grant

Terry Grant

Director, Corporate Relations | 206-543-2072

Terry connects companies with researchers and programs across schools on all three campuses. Over a 22-year industrial career, Terry developed and commercialized several products and technologies. He has established and managed international strategic partnerships, is an inventor on eight patents and has led large research initiatives. He holds chemical engineering degrees from Caltech (B.S.) and the University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D.) and a B.A in mathematics from Grinnell College.


Christine Phelan

Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships
Corporate Relations / University Marketing & Communications | 206-685-2971

Christine manages University corporate strategic partnerships that involve campus-wide brand sponsorships. She works with both Corporate & Foundation Relations and the UW’s marketing and communications team to streamline opportunities for and communication with valued partners.