Meet the Team

Jill Walton

Executive Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations

Jill Walton leads the team which engages corporations with the University of Georgia and works with foundations interested in partnering with the university to further their respective missions. 

Prior to accepting her current position, Jill served as Director of Undergraduate Student Services and Corporate Relations for the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business, working to connect undergraduate students with employers and provide professional networking opportunities for students.


Jill joined the Terry College in 2004 as Associate Director of Development and later became Director of Alumni Relations. She previously held positions at the Georgia 4-H Foundation and UGA’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions at UGA.

She is a “Double Dawg,” earning a Bachelor’s in Agricultural Communications and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jill and her husband live in Athens with their three children.

Contact Jill:

Office (706) 369-5975
Cell (706) 255-9167

Matthew Pruitt

Foundation Relations Officer

Matt Pruitt focuses on building relationships with foundations, working to match their varied missions with opportunities to support the important work being done by faculty, staff, and students at the University of Georgia. He works with the university’s colleges and units to stay apprised of their projects and priorities, while seeking to build the important networks and connections to the foundations likely to support those efforts.
Before joining the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Matt worked as an educator, teaching and coaching in high schools in the Athens area. Prior to that, he served as the director of communications for a small software company. Matt started his professional career as a journalist, working for a daily newspaper where he wrote varied news and features articles and became the primary reporter on issues related to healthcare and medicine.
Matt is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where he studied journalism and English.

Contact Matt:

phone: (706) 369-5950

Brittany Adams

Development Associate

Brittany Adams joined the University of Georgia’s Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations in September of 2015 after serving as an academic advisor in UGA’s College of Education. Her primary responsibilities include development of annual stewardship reports and assisting the Corporate and Foundation Relations staff in grant proposal writing.

Brittany moved to Athens from North Carolina in 2012, and later earned her master’s degree in Kinesiology while simultaneously working as a graduate assistant in the UGA Sports Communications office. Brittany earned her undergraduate degree in Health and Exercise Science from Wake Forest University. She hails from Raleigh, North Carolina.

Contact Brittany:

Office (706) 369-5968
Cell (919) 630-5520

Meghan Hauser

Meghan Hauser

Director of Foundation Relations

Meghan is responsible for building, maintaining and stewarding relationships between local and national foundations and the University of Georgia.  In this role, she focuses on building strong partnerships with foundations and aligning their interests with the research, programs and institutional priorities within the diverse schools and colleges at UGA.
Prior to joining the Corporate and Foundation Relations team, Meghan was Senior Campaign Manager at Coxe Curry & Associates, an Atlanta fundraising-consulting firm.  She also previously served as Development Manager at Camp Twin Lakes, a nonprofit organization serving children with serious illnesses, disabilities and other life challenges.
Outside of UGA, Meghan is active with organizations including the Association of Fundraising Professionals and her alma mater, Sweet Briar College.
Meghan is a graduate of Sweet Briar College in Virginia.

Contact Meghan:

Office (706) 369-5963

Laura Waters Gafnea

Assistant Director of Foundation Relations

Laura Waters Gafnea joined the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations in October of 2015 and concentrates on identifying, cultivating, and stewarding relationships with foundation partners to advance the mission of the University of Georgia. 
Prior to joining the Corporate and Foundation Relations team, Laura was a Public Service Associate on the state 4-H faculty for five and a half years. She served as the grant coordinator for UGA Extension and cooperated with county extension agents, specialists, and faculty across campus to identify funding sources and build successful proposals for major state, federal, and private grants. She also served as the advisor to the Collegiate 4-H chapters in Georgia and the State 4-H Board of Directors. She has previously held a position as an admissions counselor in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at UGA.
A “Double Dawg,” Laura earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences and a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Adult Education at UGA. She and her husband Trey live in Athens.

Contact Laura:

phone: (706) 369-5959 

Abby Bryant

Abby Bryant

Administrative Associate

A native of Athens, Georgia, Abby Bryant began her career at The University of Georgia in August 2016. Abby supports the Corporate and Foundation Relations team with administrative needs, clearance requests, company briefings, and prospect research. Prior to joining the team, Abby worked for five years at a local community bank as Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator. She is a 2007 graduate of Westminster Christian Academy and a 2011 graduate of Georgia College and State University where she earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Marketing.

Contact Abby:

Office (706) 369-5894