Jenni Cushman

Executive Director, Major Gifts and Campaign Coordinator
BA-Broadcast Journalism, University of Northern Iowa; MFCS-Family Financial Planning, Iowa State University
Year Appointed


Jenni Cushman will play a major leadership role in Marietta College's next comprehensive campaign as the Executive Director, Major Gifts and Campaign Coordinator. She started the new position in January of 2019.

During her 17 years at the Iowa State University Foundation, Jenni has secured more than $52 million in gift production. During her career as a professional development officer, she has acquired a strong foundation in major gifts, campaign planning and implementation, planned giving, strategic planning and management. Jenni has also displayed the skills, experience and ability to cultivate and solicit high-level gifts from individuals; identify and market new giving opportunities, create a business plan with a strong strategic vision; and support, encourage and lead administrators, volunteers and colleagues.

Prior to joining Marietta, Jenni served as the Senior Executive Director of Development with the Iowa State University Foundation since May 2015. She has held multiple other positions within the Foundation since she joined ISU in August 2001. Jenni has also worked as the Director of Annual Giving/Corporate Giving and Director of Planned Giving at Grand View College in Des Moines, Iowa, and Director of Annual Giving at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa.