Cathleen Parsons-Nikolić

Executive Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, TNG

Areas of Expertise

Relationship Management

Volunteer Development

Higher Education Leadership

Engagement Strategies

Communications and Marketing Strategies

Events Management

Speaking and Writing

Keynote Speaker, “Higher Education Disrupted”, Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA) Conference, 2019

Presenter, “Captivate Your Board”, Eastern Regional Conference on Philanthropy, 2018

Honoree, Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District II gold medal, for annual fund appeals 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010; CASE Circle of Excellence gold medal, “A System-Integrated Approach” for prospect research, 2005; and silver medal, “Getting the Most Out of an Alumni Directory Project” for prospect research, 2006

Author, APRA Connections e-magazine article “(Re)Position Yourself for Growth”, Fall 2010

Faculty member, Academic Impressions conference, Building a Donor-Centered Stewardship Effort, 2008; CASE Annual Conference for Development Researchers, 2008 and CASE Summer Institute for Advancement Services, 2006; Conference chair, CASE Annual Conference for Development Researchers, 2006 and 2007

Author, CASE Currents magazine article “SPECIAL DELIVERY: How Prospect Researchers Can Use Push Technologies to Identify Additional Funding Sources”, May/June 2005

President, APRA - Greater Philadelphia Chapter, 2002 – 2004

CASE Faculty Star 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2010; Rising Star Awardee, CASE, 2003


Master of Liberal Arts in Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania, completed graduate work at the University at Buffalo, and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from the State University of New York at Fredonia, where she graduated magna cum laude.

She also holds an executive education certificate from Fordham University’s Center for Nonprofit Leaders.

Cathleen Parsons-Nikolić

Executive Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, TNG

"A stumbling-block to the pessimist is a stepping-stone to the optimist." First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt

Cathleen Parsons-Nikolić is the Executive Vice President of Marketing and Business Development of TNG, LLC (“TNG”), a national multidisciplinary risk management consulting and law firm with more than 5,000 education-sector clients, 35 employees, and a roster of 25 attorneys and consultants who are at the forefront of the field in their areas of expertise. Ms. Parsons-Nikolić joined the firm in August 2020 to apply her 20+ years of higher educational experience to support educational and organizational clients as they ensure their students and staff receive the best practices around safety, security and risk mitigation.  

In her career, Ms. Parsons-Nikolić played a lead role in securing funding through collaborative relationships, building sound staff and resource structures to support thorough strategic plans developed by strong partners and impressive advisory boards and collaborative colleagues of several prominent universities and colleges.

During her tenure as vice president of advancement at La Salle University, Ms. Parsons-Nikolić was part of a strategic planning effort that sought to address the disruption in the higher educational field.  She also oversaw the university-wide marketing and communications efforts and launched a new brand, secured impactful research and foundation grants, refined outreach efforts, and created key volunteer engagement opportunities to increase board prominence and diversity.  

Ms. Parsons-Nikolić had served as Associate Vice President and Campaign Director at Villanova University’s Office of University Advancement, spent seven years at Temple University’s Office of Institutional Advancement, and conducted development research at the University of Pennsylvania and at the University at Buffalo.

Prior to her experience in higher education, she worked in Serbia as a program research assistant at OXFAM – UK and Ireland, reporting to the program manager for this implementing agency of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees during the Bosnian War.

As a philanthropic leader, a self-professed life-long learner, and supporter of the importance of equal opportunities for all students, she is passionate about chance to develop excellent relationships to support TNG, an organization that will have a lasting impact on educational obtainment as a whole.

Ms. Parsons-Nikolić is a member of IMPACT100 Philadelphia, the development committee for Greener Partners, a past member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and past president of the Association of Prospect Researchers for Advancement (APRA)’s Greater Philadelphia Chapter.