Tim Freeman lives in Princeton, N.J., with his daughter, Eleanor, who was diagnosed with Rett syndrome at two years old.
As with every parent who receives a Rett diagnosis, Tim was initially devastated at the news. But after doing some research and talking with Monica Coenraads, he began to feel far more hopeful and optimistic about Eleanor’s future. A few months later Tim began working at RSRT, where his primary role is to encourage and support Rett families in getting involved and fundraising for the research. “I feel incredibly fortunate to do something that I care so deeply about,” says Tim. “I’m also lucky that I get to talk to so many remarkable families. Their love and dedication to their children inspire me every day.”
Tim has over 25 years of experience in fundraising and nonprofit leadership. Before coming to RSRT in 2013, he served as vice president for development and external relations at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, an operating foundation in Princeton. Before that he worked for 10 years in the development office of Columbia University’s Teachers College, where he had numerous roles, including director of corporate and foundation relations and executive director of strategic initiatives.
Tim grew up in Swarthmore, Pa., outside of Philadelphia. He holds a bachelor's degree from Carleton College in Minnesota, and a master's degree from Columbia University’s Teachers College. When he’s not working with Rett families on fundraising for RSRT, Tim likes to spend time with his daughter, ride his bike, play tennis, grow vegetables, and cook (not very well though).