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ASU Foundation
Attn:Financial Services
P.O. Box 2260
Tempe, Arizona 85280-2260

ASU Foundation
P.O. Box 2260
Tempe, Arizona 85280-2260

ASU Fulton Center
300 E. University Drive
Tempe, AZ 85281-2033 [map

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ASU Gammage
Peter Means

Barrett, the Honors College
Chelsie Bruggeman

Biodesign Institute
Elizabeth Muncal

Business, W. P. Carey School of
Mike Remedi

Design and Arts, Herberger Institute of
Mike Murphy

Education, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
Brittney Snyder

Public Service and Community Solutions, Watts College of
Matthew Ingram

Engineering, Ira A. Fulton Schools of
David Wahls

Health Solutions, College of
Suzanne Rinker

Interdisciplinary Arts and Science,
New College of 

Elizabeth Muncal

Journalism and Mass Communication, Walter Cronkite School of
Elizabeth Bernreuter

Law, Sandra Day O'Connor College of
Terri Burkel

Integrative Sciences and Arts, College of
Jared Vibbert

Liberal Arts and Sciences, The College of
Linda Raish

McCain Institute for International Leadership
Anna Voloshin

Nursing and Health Innovation, Edson College of
Rachel Rivera

Sustainability, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of
Christy Carter

Sun Devil Athletics
Scott Nelson

Thunderbird School of Global Management
Patrick McDermott

Donor Relations
Will Leon

Annual Giving
Carey Fredlake

Corporate & Foundation Relations
Shaun Brenton

Engagement Programs
ASU President's Club
ASU Women & Philanthropy
Lindsy Manning

Estate and Gift Planning
Brian Nielson

ASU Family
Robin Hengl

Monica Petersen

ASU Foundation Leadership

Meet the ASU Foundation’s talented leadership team.

Gretchen Buhlig

Gretchen E. Buhlig
Chief Executive Officer

Gretchen E. Buhlig joined the ASU Foundation in January 2012, and serves as chief executive officer. Under her leadership, the ASU Foundation has seen record-breaking fundraising success year after year, an enriched culture of philanthropy across ASU, and the successful launch of ASU’s first multibilliondollar comprehensive campaign. Buhlig works directly with ASU President Michael M. Crow, the foundation’s board of directors, provost, academic deans, institute directors, and athletic director in formulating and implementing development and advancement strategies for ASU.

Through her tenure with ASU, Buhlig is credited with shaping the ASU Foundation’s 2025 Strategic Plan alongside representatives from across the development staff, strengthening the endowment, increased collaboration amongst deans and fundraising volunteers, and continuous growth of the ASU Foundation’s engagement programs, including President’s Club and Women and Philanthropy, which she helped found. Prior to her appointment at ASU, 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. She received her bachelors from Augustana College, masters in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Walden University and a graduate certificate in Authentic Leadership from Harvard University.


Kimberly A. Hopely

Kimberly A. Hopely
Senior Vice President & Chief Development Officer

Kimberly A. Hopely, MNpS, joined the ASU Foundation in December 2015. Her role as chief development officer provides oversight of unit development, corporate and foundation relations, engagement and outreach, and alumni engagement. She leads fundraising for ASU priorities as well as global fundraising initiatives.

For over 25 years, she has dedicated her time and talent to the nonprofit sector with a focus on 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.

As an ASU Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow in 2018, Hopely was part of a cohort dedicated to the development and support of proven leaders who can sustainably advance ASU as a New American University. She completed a health policy fellowship at New York Institute of Technology and Ohio University with a focus on graduate medical education in 2012. She received her master of nonprofit studies at ASU in 2011 after graduating from ASU in 2007 with a bachelor of arts in integrative studies—health administration and organizational leadership. She completed an internship in development and organizational leadership at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center: Barrow Neurological Foundation in 2007.

Hopely makes her home in Litchfield Park, Ariz., with her husband of over three decades. They have three adult children.


Jacqueline Smith

Jacqueline Smith
Vice President for Presidential Advancement

Jacqueline Smith, J.D., joined the ASU Foundation in January 2020 and serves as vice president. Smith designs opportunities for external constituents to invest in Arizona State University as a New American University.

She previously served as associate vice president of university initiatives and advisor to the president for social embeddedness at Arizona State University. She is also a professor of practice in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College where she teaches courses in university design and higher education law and policy. She earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics and law degree from Georgetown University.


Lauren Brown

Lauren Brown
Chief of Staff

Lauren Brown joined the ASU Foundation in May 2016. She serves as chief of staff, providing oversight of strategic initiatives, central operations and management of the Foundation board of directors.

Prior to stepping into her current role, Brown developed and led the Foundation Initiatives team, which is comprised of project directors focused on building the infrastructure behind many of its transdisciplinary fundraising initiatives at ASU. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked in healthcare and nonprofit organizations in the Valley. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and her master’s degree in nonprofit leadership and management from the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions at ASU.


All boards

Michael Aguirre

Michael L. Aguirre '00, M.Ed. '02, J.D. '05
Assistant General Counsel, Harvest Health & Recreation Inc.

Lauren Bailey

Lauren E. Bailey '02
Co-Founder and CEO, Upward Projects

Steven M. Denke

Steven M. Denke '13
Technical Program Manager, Google

Justin T. Graham

Justin T. Graham MBA & J.D. '15
(Chair), Project Manager, Sunbelt Holdings

Courtney L. Klein

Courtney L. Klein '05, MNpS '10
Co-Founder and CEO, SEED SPOT

Brandon F. Lombardi

Brandon F. Lombardi '00, J.D. '03
Chief Human Resources and Legal Officer, Sprouts Farmers Market

Amber M. Martinez

Amber M. Martinez '06, MNpS '07
Vice President of Development, LA’s BEST

Daniel McAuley

Daniel McAuley '09, BS, Honors, Finance
Data Scientist at Instagram

Jazmin Medina

Jazmin Medina '09
Principal, NewView Capital

Keith Ryu

Keith Ryu '14
Co-Founder and CEO, Fountain

Lauren E. Stine

Lauren E. Stine '03, J.D. '06
Partner, Quarles & Brady LLP

The directors establish policy and annual goals, oversee fiduciary responsibilities and business affairs, and oversee management of the endowment and investments.

John Graham
John Graham, chair
Chairman and CEO at Sunbelt Holdings
Election Year: 2018

Nita Francis
Nita Francis, vice chair
President, F2 Family Foundation
Election Year: 2016


Lauren E. Bailey
Lauren E. Bailey ('02)
Co-Founder and CEO, Upward Projects
Election Year: 2020

Gretchen Buhlig
Gretchen Buhlig
CEO, ASU Foundation
Election Year: 2017

Jose Cardenas
José Cárdenas
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Arizona State University
Election Year: 2016
About: José Cárdenas is senior vice president and general counsel of Arizona State University. A 1977 Stanford University Law School graduate, he was a partner in the law firm of Lewis and Roca before joining ASU in 2009. Cárdenas has served on many boards including Chicanos Por La Causa, the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association, and ASU Enterprise Partners. He is the host Horizonte, an Eight/KAET weekly public affairs program focused on Arizona issues through a Hispanic lens.

Malissia Clinton
Malissia Clinton
Sr. VP, General Counsel & Secretary, The Aerospace Corporation
Election Year: 2018

Michael M. Crow
Michael M. Crow, Ph.D.
President, Arizona State University
Election Year: 2016

Virginia DeSanto
Virginia "Ginny" DeSanto
CFO and Treasurer, ASU Enterprise Partners
Election Year: 2016

Doug Fulton
Doug Fulton
CEO, Fulton Homes
Election Year: 2019
About: Doug Fulton is CEO of Tempe-based Fulton Homes, a position he has held since 2007. Prior, he served as the president of Fulton Homes Sales Corp. Mr. Fulton also serves as a special deputy to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, flying helicopters for its Central Arizona Mountain Rescue Association. After Hurricane Katrina, he assisted law enforcement agencies in delivering medical supplies to the New Orleans area. In addition to serving on the ASU Foundation Board, Mr. Fulton is a trustee and parent of ASU graduates.

Ira A. Fulton
Ira A. Fulton
Election Year: 2016
About: Ira A. Fulton was born in Tempe, Arizona in 1931. After attending Arizona State University on a football scholarship, Fulton went to work for National Cash Register. There, he rose to the heights of National Salesman of the Year. From NCR, he formed his own companies, serving the computer needs of many corporations. In 1974, Fulton became a consultant for Eagleson’s Big and Tall men’s clothiers, in southern California. During this same time-period, he formed Fulton Homes in Arizona, which he still runs today.

Mary Hentges
Mary Hentges
Former CFO, Paypal & Yapstone Inc.
Election Year: 2018

Morgan Olsen
Morgan Olsen
Executive VP of Business and Finance, Treasurer and CFO, Arizona State University
Election Year: 2016

Harry Papp
Harry Papp
Managing Partner, L. Roy Papp & Associates LLP
Election Year: 2016

Bill Post
Bill Post
Former Chairman and CEO, Pinnacle West Capital Corporation
Election Year: 2016
About: Bill Post is a Valley leader and director of First Solar, Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Arizona, the City of Hope, the Translational Genomics Research Institute, and ASU Enterprise Partners. Under Post’s leadership, Pinnacle West Capital Corporation and its subsidiary, Arizona Public Service, became leaders in Arizona’s sustainable business. He founded Arizona Businesses Advancing Sustainability with Intel, which focuses on internal sustainable research and operations.

Tony B. Sarsam
Tony B. Sarsam ('85)
Chief Executive Officer, Borden Dairy Company
Election Year: 2020

Angela Yin Cesal
Commissioner, Overseas Chinese Affairs Commission, Taiwan, Republic of China
Election Year: 2016

Wayne S. Doran
Former VP, Ford Motor Co.; former Chairman, Ford Motor Land Development Corp.
Election Year: 2016
About: Wayne S. Doran served as a vice president of Ford Motor Company until 2000. Doran joined Ford Motor Company in 1969 and became chief executive of Ford Land when it formed in 1970. Before joining Ford Motor Company, he served as vice president and general manager of the land development division of Del E. Webb Corporation, Chicago, from 1963 to 1969. He has served on many boards including the Arizona Historical Foundation, Barrow Neurological Foundation, and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Mission, Vision, and History

To advance, through philanthropy, the success of Arizona State University as A New American University.

To become nationally recognized as the model for A New American University Foundation.

The ASU Foundation was incorporated on June 22, 1955, as the Arizona State College Foundation.

The foundation drew inspiration from the generosity of George and Martha Wilson of 20 acres of land in 1885 to create the Tempe Normal School, which would later become Arizona State University.

In the 1930s, the Bulldog Boosters organization actively raised support for athletic programs for the Arizona State Teachers College, as it was known at the time. In the mid-1940s, the fundraising group changed its name to Sun Angels, concurrent with the renaming of the college’s mascot to the Sun Devils.

In 1947, Grady Gammage, president of the newly named Arizona State College, established the Agricultural Advisory Council to advocate for and raise funds on behalf of the school’s agricultural activities. In 1955, the council was incorporated and renamed the Arizona State College Foundation, with its philanthropic mission broadened to serve the entire college.

A state referendum in 1958 renamed the college Arizona State University, with a concomitant name change for the foundation to Arizona State University Foundation, more commonly referred to as the ASU Foundation. In 2008, the foundation was renamed the Arizona State University Foundation for A New American University to reflect the vision laid out for the university by President Michael Crow.

Embracing its innovative reputation, in 2016, the ASU Foundation for A New American University reorganized as ASU Enterprise Partners, which comprises five diverse resource-raising entities, including the foundation, which maintains its singular focus on philanthropy and development on behalf of ASU.

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