Assistant Dean University of Maryland
Andrea E. Morris
Andrea E. Morris, M.S.W. is a natural advocate, consensus builder, and fundraiser. Her understanding and appreciation of crowdfunding existed long before it hit the mainstream. From selling candy bars for charity as a teenager to managing successful direct mail appeals in the 90s as the CEO of a nonprofit, Andrea understood the importance of small gifts adding up to achieve large goals. The Internet just made it easier and more efficient. After completing her undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University and later a Master of Social Work at the University of Maryland, Andrea served as the CEO and Executive Director of two nonprofit organizations in the DC area before transitioning full-time into academia in 2005. Currently she serves as the Assistant Dean for External Relations in the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS) at the University of Maryland and as an adjunct professor at Bowie State University. CMNS has enjoyed tremendous success with the Launch@UMD crowdfunding program, raising over $150,000 in the first two years of the program for multiple projects. University of Maryland boasts one of the longest standing and most successful academic crowdfunding platforms in the United States.