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Christopher Tassava

Director of the Grants Office, Grants Office

I write proposals for grants to support College priorities, from institutional or departmental initiatives to individual faculty and staff members’ projects. Doing this well requires me to collaborate closely with a wide range of members of the Carleton community, and to represent the college in work with foundations, government agencies, and other colleges and universities.

Professional Experience

Director of the Grants Office, March 2020 – present
Associate Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations, July 2009 – February 2020
Assistant Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations, October 2005 – June 2009

College Service

Member, Phi Beta Kappa chapter, 2005-present
Secretary, 2022-present
Treasurer, 2016-present

Member, Rec Center Advisory Committee, 2016-2023

Coordinator, “Broadening the Bridge” project (funded by the Mellon Foundation), 2012-2019

Member and Forum liaison, College Budget Committee, 2010-2011

Coordinator, Northfield Area United Way campaign, 2008-2013

Member, Forum Steering Committee, 2007-2016

Member, Institutional Review Board, 2005-2015
Chair, IRB, 2014

Community Engagement

Friends of Downtown Northfield board of directors, 2020-2024

President, board of directors, 2023-2024

Locally Grown Northfield board of directors, 2014-2016


Ph.D. (U.S. history, history of technology, business history), Northwestern University, 2003
M.A. (history), Northwestern University, 1998
B.A. (history and religious studies), Macalester College, 1995

At Carleton since 2005.