Anthony Pulgram: From Opera to the Ocean

Five years into a new career, Fundraising Management graduate Anthony Pulgram is already using his experience to change the world.

A former singer for the New York City Opera and other companies, Pulgram’s road to fundraising started in 2010, when a vocal chord injury ended his opera career and sent him down another road. For him, nonprofit development and fundraising gave him the opportunity to make a positive impact on the world and the way we experience it.

In 2014, he was named the first Chief Development Officer at the Chordoma Foundation, where he helped broaden the support structures for the community affected by and dedicated to fighting chordoma, a rare type of bone cancer.

Pulgram paused his studies at the School of Professional Studies in order to work at the foundation, but returned to finish his degree in the fall of 2015, where he immediately distinguished himself as a bright light in the community, working as a development consultant for the Chef Action Network and the Joe Goode Performance Group.

For his Capstone project, he partnered with World Surf League, SPS, and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in the creation of PURE (Progressive Understanding and Respect for the Environment). This groundbreaking program will fund research and education that will lead to a deeper understanding of the ocean’s health, ecosystems, and role in climate change. In part due to this work, he was one of ten Innovation Scholarship recipients from SPS for academic year 2015–2016.

Read more about Pulgram’s unexpected career path at The Chordoma Foundation and learn more about the Master of Science in Nonprofit Management.