About Us

About Us

Looking to connect with us? Need to reach out to one of our development officers? Wondering where we're located?

Contact us! ›

ASU Foundation Leadership

Meet the ASU Foundation’s talented leadership team.

Gretchen Buhlig

Gretchen Buhlig
Chief Executive Officer

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

Lauren Brown
Chief of Staff & Assistant Vice President, Development Services

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

Andrew Carey
Assistant Vice President, Alumni Success

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

Bill Kavan
Vice President, Engagement & Outreach

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

Briana Cons
Assistant Vice President, Research & Evaluation

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

Brittney Snyder
Assistant Vice President, Unit Development

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

David Wahls
Executive Director of Development, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

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

Eric Spicer
Vice President, Unit Development

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

Jacqueline Smith
Vice President, Presidential Advancement

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

Kimberly Scott
Senior Fellow

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

Patrick McDermott
Chief Engagement Officer, Thunderbird School of Global Management

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

Roger Edgar
Vice President, Presidential 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.

Ryan Robinson

Ryan Robinson
Executive Director of Development, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory

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

Scott Nelson
Assistant Vice President, Sun Devil Athletics Development

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

Shaun Brenton
Associate Vice President, Corporate & Foundation Relations/Solutions

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

Shawn Richards
Executive Director of Development, Learning Enterprise

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

Suzanne Rinker
Vice President, Enterprise Development

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

Wade Stokes
Executive Director of Development, Knowledge Enterprise

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.

All boards

Michael Aguirre

Michael L. Aguirre '00, M.Ed. '02, J.D. '05
Assistant General Counsel, Trulieve
About:

Mark Antonucci

Mark Antonucci, M.Ed.'09, Ed.D.'11
Vice President, Rutgers University Foundation
About:

Lauren Bailey

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

Steven M. Denke

Steven M. Denke '13
Technical Program Manager, Google
About:

Justin T. Graham

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

Courtney L. Klein

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

Brandon F. Lombardi

Brandon F. Lombardi '00, J.D. '03
Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, Sprouts
About:

Amber M. Martinez

Amber M. Martinez '06, MNpS '07
Interim Co-CEO and Vice President of Development, LA’s Best
About:

Daniel McAuley

Daniel McAuley '09, BS, Honors, Finance
Head of Data, Inventa
About:

Jazmin Medina

Jazmin Medina '09
Principal, NewView Capital
About:

Keith Ryu

Keith Ryu '14
Co-Founder and CEO, Fountain
About:

Lauren E. Stine

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

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

John Graham

John W. Graham (Chair), Chairman and CEO, Sunbelt Holdings

Nita Francis

Nita Francis (Vice Chair), President, F2 Family Foundation LLC

Hope M. Sharett

Hope M. Sharett (Secretary), General Counsel, ASU Enterprise Partners

Lauren E. Bailey

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

Steve A. Betts

Steve A. Betts, Managing Director of Development, Holualoa Companies

Gretchen Buhlig

Gretchen E. Buhlig, CEO, ASU Foundation

Malissia R. Clinton

Malissia R. Clinton ‘90, General Counsel & Secretary, Meritage Homes

Michael M. Crow

Michael M. Crow, President, ASU

Virginia DeSanto

Virginia “Ginny” DeSanto ‘98, CFO and Treasurer, ASU Enterprise Partners

Dan Dillon

Dan Dillon, CEO, ASU Enterprise Partners

Steve O. Evans

Steve O. Evans ‘67, Chairman, Evans Charitable Foundation

Ira A. Fulton

Ira A. Fulton, Founder, Fulton Homes

Doug S. Fulton

Doug S. Fulton, CEO, Fulton Homes

Jay Heiler

Jay Heiler ‘83, CEO, Great Hearts Academies

Mary M. Hentges

Mary M. Hentges ‘81, Former CFO, YapStone Inc.

Chris Howard

Chris Howard, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, ASU Public Enterprise

Lisa S. Loo

Lisa S. Loo, Vice President for Legal Affairs and Deputy General Counsel, ASU

Anne L. Mariucci

Anne L. Mariucci, General Partner, MFLP

Morgan R. Olsen

Morgan R. Olsen, CFO, Treasurer and Executive Vice President, ASU

Harry A. Papp

Harry A. Papp, Managing Partner, L. Roy Papp & Associates, LLP

Bill J. Post

Bill J. Post ‘73, Chairman of the Board and CEO (Retired), Pinnacle West Capital Corporation

Denise D. Resnik

Denise D. Resnik ’82, Founder, First Place AZ

Tony B. Sarsam

Tony B. Sarsam ‘85, President and CEO, SpartanNash Company

Gary Trujillo

Gary Trujillo ‘83, President and CEO, Southwest Harvard Group

Lisa Urias

Lisa Urias ’86, Chief Program and Community Engagement Officer, Arizona Community Foundation

E. Keith Wirtz

E. Keith Wirtz ‘83, Vice President and CIO, Union Savings Bank

Roger L. Wittlin

Roger L. Wittlin ‘76, Principal, Wittlin Investment Advisory

Carl Lee Bach

Carl Lee Bach III ’97, CEO, Navigators Underwriting Agency, Ltd. (The Hartford)

Gretchen Buhlig

Gretchen Buhlig, CEO, ASU Foundation

Virginia DeSanto

Virginia “Ginny” DeSanto ’98, CFO and Treasurer, ASU Enterprise Partners

Dan Dillon

Dan Dillon, CEO, ASU Enterprise Partners

Sir Malcolm Grant

Sir Malcolm Grant, Senior Advisor to President of Arizona State University

Jim OBrien

Jim O’Brien, SVP and Chief of Staff, ASU

Michelle Senecal de Fonseca

Michelle Senecal de Fonseca, Area VP, Northern Europe, Citrix Systems, Inc.

Hope M. Sharett

Hope M. Sharett (Secretary), General Counsel, ASU Enterprise Partners

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

Mission, Vision, and History

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.

Careers with the ASU Foundation

If you’re ready to change the future of fundraising, let’s connect. Building a movement requires all hands on deck, from entrepreneurs to graphic designers, fundraisers to accountants, filmmakers to investors.

Voted a Top Company to Work for in Arizona 6 years running.

Join us.