The ASU Foundation for a New American University is responsible for all aspects of fundraising at Arizona State University. The foundation is organized into the several key areas listed below.
R.F. “Rick” Shangraw, PhD
Chief Executive Officer
R.F. “Rick” Shangraw Jr. is chief executive officer of the ASU Foundation for A New American University. Under Shangraw’s leadership, the foundation has grown its assets to nearly $1 billion, received three consecutive four-star ratings from Charity Navigator and recognition for its commitment to transparency by GuideStar USA, generated nearly $650 million in new gifts and commitments, and earned Careerbuilder’s Top Company to Work for in Arizona honors in 2014 and 2015. Before his appointment to the foundation, Shangraw was ASU’s senior vice president for knowledge enterprise development, establishing ASU as one of the fastest-growing research enterprises in the US, with research expenditures ranked seventeenth among American universities without medical schools. Shangraw came to ASU after his tenure as CEO of Project Performance Corporation, the Washington, DC-based research and technology consulting firm he founded that specialized in environmental, energy, and information management. Shangraw holds a doctorate from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University with specializations in technology, information policy, and organization design.
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Gretchen E. Buhlig
Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director, Development
Gretchen E. Buhlig joined the ASU Foundation for A New American University in January 2012 as vice president for leadership giving and now serves as chief operating officer and managing director. In her executive role at the foundation, Buhlig works closely with CEO Rick Shangraw and ASU President Michael Crow to identify, cultivate, and steward major university donors. She matches donor interests with ASU priorities, structuring complex investments that advance ASU’s vision of a New American University. Additionally, she is the managing director for the development enterprise which includes the development offices within ASU’s colleges, institutes, performing arts venues, leadership giving, the core development team, and engagement programs.
Previously, she served A.T. Still University, the founding school of osteopathic medicine, for nearly six years as associate vice president of institutional advancement.
While at A.T. Still, Buhlig helped build and manage collegiate development and alumni relations programs for the university’s Arizona campus and its three schools—Arizona School of Health Sciences, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, and the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona.
Her appointment in 2012 marked a return to ASU and the foundation. Buhlig served in leadership positions with the foundation from 1995 through 2005, as associate vice president of presidential programs, assistant vice president and founding director of Women & Philanthropy, and director of the ASU President’s Club.
Joshua M. Friedman
Chief Development Officer
Joshua M. Friedman, CFRE, joined the ASU Foundation for A New American University in January 2012 as vice president of leadership giving and now serves as chief development officer. In his executive role at the foundation, Friedman works closely with CEO Rick Shangraw and ASU President Michael Crow to cultivate and steward major university donors, matching philanthropists’ interests with the programs and ideas that advance ASU’s vision of a New American University. Additionally, he is the managing director for the development enterprise which includes the development offices within ASU’s colleges, institutes, performing arts venues, leadership giving, the core development team, and engagement programs.
Friedman joined the ASU Foundation from National Public Radio, where he served as the broadcast giant’s senior director of individual giving. Prior to joining NPR, Friedman was a director of development at Johns Hopkins University, director of development for the Nobel Prize-winning Physicians for Human Rights and a fundraising director within the Partners HealthCare hospital network, which includes Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals.
Friedman earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Johns Hopkins University.
Vice President, Core Development
Jennifer Dunworth joined the ASU Foundation for A New American University in January 2016. As vice president of core development, Dunworth oversees and provides strategic leadership to a suite of services for the ASU community including Sun Devil Giving, the Sun Devil Family Association, estate and gift planning, and corporate and foundation relations.
Previously, Dunworth served as National Public Radio’s managing director of development operations. She has held positions with CCS Fundraising Consultants, Habitat for Humanity International and America’s Promise Alliance. She started her career as a licensed social worker and certified drug and alcohol counselor working with children and families in southeast Pennsylvania and southern Illinois.
Dunworth holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Scranton and a master’s degree in social work from Rutgers University.
Kimberly A. Hopely
Vice President, Unit Development
Kimberly A. Hopely, MNpS, joined the ASU Foundation for A New American University in December 2015. Her role as vice president for unit development provides oversight and strategic support for the philanthropic development of several academic units including Health at ASU, Arts & Design at ASU, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, College of Public Service and Community Solutions, ASU West—New College, and The McCain Institute. Hopely has been in the nonprofit sector for more than twenty-five years and has experience in community organizations, healthcare, and higher education. Prior to her position at the ASU Foundation, she served as the senior director for operations and development at the Banner Health Foundation, assistant vice president of University Advancement at A.T. Still University, and executive director for United Way of Grays Harbor in Washington, where the organization was recognized for innovations in community collaboration.
In 2012, Hopely completed a health policy fellowship at New York Institute of Technology and Ohio University with graduate medical education as her focus. She received her master of nonprofit studies at Arizona State University in 2011 after graduating from ASU in 2007 with a bachelor of arts in integrative studies—health administration and organizational leadership. Hopely completed an internship in organizational leadership at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center/Barrow Neurological Foundation in 2007.
Kristin Donaldson Irwin
Vice President, Engagement
Kristin Donaldson Irwin was appointed vice president of engagement for the ASU Foundation for A New American University in January 2014. In the six years prior she served the foundation as vice president of strategic initiatives and outreach, vice president of organizational development, and chief of staff.
As vice president of engagement, Donaldson Irwin brings a range of experience in strategic and tactical management, expertise in working with ASU’s internal and external communities and constituencies, and the ability to advance the foundation’s most important initiatives.
Her affiliation with ASU dates to 2005 when she was appointed director of external relations for global management and leadership at the university’s West campus. Prior to joining the foundation, she served as vice president of economic development and business relations at the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, as well as deputy director for US Rep. Matt Salmon.
Donaldson Irwin is a second-generation ASU alumna who has been recognized by the Phoenix Business Journal
and Arizona Women’s Magazine
for her leadership abilities and accomplishments.
Andrew J. Carey
Executive Director, Development
Andrew Carey was appointed executive director of development for the ASU Foundation in January 2016. In the five years prior, Carey served as director of the President’s Club, a key group of constituents committed to supporting the leadership of ASU.
As executive director, Carey brings a range of experience in volunteer management, development strategy and tactics, communications, and expertise in working with ASU’s internal and external communities and constituencies.
Prior to joining the foundation, he served as director of marketing and transition planning at Alltel and Verizon Wireless. He also worked locally for the Fiesta Bowl and Super Bowl Host Committees. Carey is a Valley Leadership alumnus Class 37.
Carey earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business.
Mark Antonucci, EdD
Chief of Staff
Mark Antonucci joined the ASU Foundation in 2015 and now serves as chief of staff. In his role, Antonucci is responsible for managing the day-to-day functional operations of the ASU Foundation and works closely with senior leadership to ensure strategic objectives and priorities are advanced. He also works across the educational enterprise to identify, facilitate, and coordinate opportunities and initiatives involving multiple units within and affiliated with Arizona State University.
Antonucci holds a doctorate in higher and postsecondary education from Arizona State University, where his research focused on leadership, governance, and university design. He also earned a master's degree in higher education from Arizona State University and a bachelor's degree in marketing from Quinnipiac University.