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Gretchen Buhlig is the Chief Executive Officer of the Arizona State University Foundation for A New American University. Since joining the ASU Foundation in January 2012, Gretchen has been a catalyst for transformational change, generating record-breaking fundraising success and surpassing campaign goals year after year. Gretchen’s ultimate goal is to provide the tools, knowledge, and autonomy to enable a pipeline of future leaders to feel empowered and motivated to achieve their goals. She is a relationship-oriented idea-generator and drives large-scale institutional impact through transformative gifts.
Lauren Brown serves as the Assistant Vice President of Development Services and the ASU Foundation Chief of Staff, where she provides oversight of strategic initiatives within transdisciplinary units at the foundation and ASU, leads all central operations, and manages the foundation’s Board of Directors.
Andrew Carey is the Assistant Vice President of Alumni Success. Following his leadership of Campaign ASU 2020, which raised over $2.3 billion for the Sun Devil Community, he now drives pan-university alumni initiatives. He leads collaboration with university stakeholders that cultivate alumni to optimize experiences, promote life-long connections and increase affinity and advocacy. He also manages the ASU Foundation Next Generation Council.
Bill Kavan is the Vice President for Engagement & Outreach. He provides strategic management and oversight of the foundation's Engagement and Outreach division, which includes the following teams: Scholarship Advancement, Donor Relations, Annual Giving, ASU Family, Alumni Success, Engagement Programs (President's Club, Women and Philanthropy) and Engagement and Outreach Development.
Briana Cons serves as the Assistant Vice President of Research & Evaluation, where she oversees research support services for development operations, including prospect identification, wealth analysis, giving trends, engagement strategies, and data management.
Brittney Snyder is the Assistant Vice President for Unit Development at the ASU Foundation. In her role, she supports multiple academic unit development teams and helps philanthropic investors create transformative impact through investments in access to education, student success, and groundbreaking research.
David Wahls serves as the Executive Director of Development for the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering where he leads a development team to build comprehensive partnerships with industry, alumni, parents, and community individuals to advance the Fulton Schools of Engineering, ASU and our region. The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering is the largest and most comprehensive engineering school in the nation, with over 27,000 students and 450 faculty as of 2021.
Eric Spicer is the Vice President for Unit Development, where he leads a team of fundraising professionals who are embedded within colleges at ASU. Eric provides vision, strategy, and donor support to Directors and Executive Directors of Development in advancement of the ASU charter.
Jacqueline Smith, J.D. serves as Vice President for Presidential Advancement at the ASU Foundation. Jacqueline designs opportunities for presidential level prospects and organizational funders to invest in Arizona State University as a New American University. She also enhances ASU’s competitiveness for philanthropic “big bet” competitions and funding opportunities.
Kimberly Scott is a professor of women and gender studies in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University and the founding executive director of ASU’s Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology. The center is a one-of-a-kind research unit focused on exploring, identifying, and creating innovative scholarship surrounding underrepresented women and girls in STEM. Dr. Scott is also the ASU Foundation’s inaugural Senior Fellow. In this role, she is documenting career experiences and creating pathways for diverse philanthropic leaders.
Patrick McDermott is the Chief Engagement Officer for the Thunderbird School of Global Management at ASU. Patrick leads a team of fundraisers and alumni engagement staff to increase active engagement levels within Thunderbird and raise revenue for scholarships, research, and advancement.
Roger Edgar serves as Vice President of Presidential Advancement. In that capacity, he supports President Crow and Foundation leadership to further advance transformational philanthropy in support of ASU as a New American University through raising and investing private contributions.
As Executive Director of Development, Ryan Robinson leads the case creation, team building, fundraising efforts and strategy for the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory at Arizona State University. The Global Futures Laboratory serves as the cornerstone of ASU’s commitment to sustainability and shaping a thriving tomorrow for all of Earth’s inhabitants by operating as a first of its kind medical center for our planet.
Scott Nelson is the Assistant Vice President for Sun Devil Athletics Development and the Senior Associate Athletic Director of the Sun Devil Club. Scott works closely with Sun Devil Athletics senior leadership and coaches to develop a comprehensive resource raising strategy with a focus on connecting with alumni, donors, and athletic fans to provide the resources required to support 26 NCAA DI sports and 600+ student-athletes.
Shaun Brenton is the Associate Vice President of Corporate & Foundation Relations and Solutions, where she works with organizational funders seeking to make philanthropic investments in ASU to advance research, fund scholarships, and support opportunities that benefit students, faculty and the communities we serve.
Shawn Richards is the Executive Director of Development for ASU’s Learning Enterprise, and oversees ASU’s California advancement and development. The ASU Learning Enterprise re-imagines the role of universities in society and serve learners across their entire lifespan, from kindergarten to high school to mid-career to postretirement. Shawn is based at the Herald Examiner Building in Los Angeles to advance the mission of ASU in California.
Suzanne Rinker is the Vice President of Enterprise Development at the ASU Foundation. Suzanne develops enterprise level fundraising strategies, as well as cross collaboration opportunities across the institution, working closely with the executive leadership for Knowledge Enterprise, Academic Enterprise, Learning Enterprise, Cultural Affairs, and Educational Outreach and Student Services.
Wade Stokes is the Executive Director of Development for ASU’s Knowledge Enterprise. In addition to advancing research, Knowledge Enterprise trains and supports entrepreneurs, leads the university's economic development activities, engages with corporate partners and international development agencies, and facilitates technology transfer. Wade is based at the Barrett & O’Conner Center in Washington DC to advance the mission of ASU in the Capitol Region.
The directors establish policy and annual goals, oversee fiduciary responsibilities and business affairs, and oversee management of the endowment and investments.
The ASU Foundation builds partnerships and relationships, uniting ideas, people, philanthropic support and investments to advance ASU’s goals for inclusion, student success, discovery and local and global impact.
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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