The Thurgood Marshall College Fund Looks to Climb New Heights with New Executive Level Position

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Washington, D.C. (February 27, 2013) – The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is pleased to announce Monica Newman McCluney joined the organization as Vice President of Proprietary Programs & Strategic Initiatives to further develop its growing base of national partnerships through innovative programs, brand platforms and new initiatives. 

For the past six years, Monica has served as the National Director of Strategic Alliances for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), and was responsible for a portfolio of strategic partners, including corporations, media, government agencies, non-profits, associations, celebrities and their foundations. Monica directed sponsorship efforts for the UNCF’s “An Evening of Stars” and the organization’s national corporate relations efforts. One of the highlights of her career is the nationally-recognized UNCF Empower Me Tour, which she developed, launched and executed. 

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., TMCF President & CEO, states “We are very excited to welcome Monica to our team. She brings a wealth of experience and industry knowledge that will make her an immediate contributor within the TMCF family. Our partners and donors are increasingly demanding new and innovative ways to reach and build relationships with our students and faculty. With 80% of HBCU students on TMCF member-school campuses, the need for us to constantly innovate and provide new programs has never been more critical. Monica’s sole focus will be to meet that demand.” 

Monica comes to TMCF with more than 17 years of community relations and fund development experience and has played key roles in major strategic initiatives for a variety of organizations, including United Parcel Service, Bank of America and the national office of the NAACP. Monica is certified as an expert in Philanthropy and Education for TV, Print and Radio through the NewsCertified Exchange and is a graduate of Leadership North Carolina and the American Express Non-Profit Leadership Academy. Monica is a Maryland native and graduated from Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts in English. 

Jim Clifton, CEO of GALLUP, who also serves as the Chairman of the TMCF Board of Directors, said, “We view hiring an accomplished executive like Monica as a sign of our commitment to being the leading organization supporting HBCUs. She knows what corporate America wants and how to design proprietary programs that deliver the best and brightest talent.” 

Monica said, "The quality education I received at one of the nation’s premier HBCUs, coupled with rigorous leadership development opportunities in the corporate and non-profit sectors, have provided the foundation for my transition into this newly-created hybrid role, impacting the organization’s brand, fund development, program and partnership strategies. I am not only elated to join this dynamic organization but grateful for the opportunity to serve its students and schools, continuing the legacy of the Honorable Thurgood Marshall by driving social change through the great work we have set out to do.” 


The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is named for the U.S. Supreme Court's first African-American Justice. Established in 1987, TMCF supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending its 47 member-schools that include public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), medical schools and law schools. TMCF helps students with a clear intention and the motivation to succeed and acquire a high-quality college education at an affordable cost.  Through its scholarships and programs, TMCF plays a key role in preparing the leaders of tomorrow.  TMCF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization. For more information about TMCF and its initiatives, visit: