Meet the ASU Foundation’s talented leadership team.
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.
Vanessa Barrera serves as Executive Director of Donor Relations and Engagement. She oversees a team responsible for strategically nurturing and advancing relationships, acknowledging and recognizing donors for their philanthropy, demonstrating impact, expressing gratitude, enhancing donor retention, facilitating future giving, and providing a consistent and positive experience for donors and volunteers to deepen their connection.
Lauren Brown serves as the Chief of Staff & 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.
Briana Cons serves as the Associate 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.
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.
Karen Evans serves as Executive Director of Engagement for Thunderbird School of Global Management, working with a diverse and globally-connected network of alumni and supporters across 150 countries. Ranked the number 1 school globally for international trade, Thunderbird’s mission is to develop nimble, ethical, global leaders who can seize the opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to create sustainable prosperity worldwide.
Erin Gage serves as the Executive Director of Development for the W. P. Carey School of Business, the largest and one of the top-ranked business schools in the United States. The school is internationally regarded for its research productivity and its distinguished faculty members, including a Nobel Prize winner. Students come from more than 100 countries and W. P. Carey is represented by alumni in over 160 countries.
Kenja Hassan is the assistant vice president of cultural relations in the Office of Government and Community Engagement at Arizona State University. As the senior fellow, Kenja will be working to increase diversity and inclusion opportunities in philanthropy through ASU’s Heritage Month celebrations, expanding faculty involvement, and fundraising efforts for the LIFT Initiative. LIFT (Listen, Invest, Facilitate, Teach) was conceived as a university wide effort to implement 25 action items designed to increase growth and opportunities for Black faculty, staff and students at ASU.
Jody Kaulukukui is the Executive Director of Advancement, Hawai`i, where she oversees advancement, development and external relations efforts for ASU and ASUF’s work in the islands. She works closely with ASU to develop collaborative partnerships and projects across Hawai`i that focus on education, sustainability, communities, and indigenous knowledge systems.
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.
Lindsy Manning serves as the Executive Director of Campaign. In this role, Lindsy leads the design and execution of the university’s forthcoming comprehensive campaign, which will advance the ASU Charter locally and globally.
Jennifer Marsteen is the Executive Director of Development for The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences where she leads development efforts for the largest college at Arizona State University. She creates development strategies, leads fundraising efforts, and builds relationships with faculty, staff, alumni, community members, parents, and industry while advancing the ASU charter. The College is the academic heart of the university and fosters educational excellence, intellectual inquiry, discovery, and access to our 29,800 students and with 760+ faculty in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities.
Patrick McDermott serves as Chief Global Advancement Officer, leading ASU Foundation’s growing Global and Regional Advancement teams – including professional staff in California, Hawaii, Texas as well as London, Germany and Shanghai in building engagement and support for ASU’s mission.
Scott Nelson is the 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.
Gwen Notestine serves the ASU Foundation as Assistant Vice President for Unit Development. In addition to facilitating philanthropic investment to advance the ASU Charter, she provides leadership and strategy support to development teams embedded in diverse colleges, schools, and units across multiple ASU campuses.
Kimberly Roland is the Assistant Vice President of Corporate Philanthropy at the ASU Foundation. Kimberly designs strategies to engage corporate partners and convenes industry leaders in pursuit of impact philanthropy. She builds bridges to connect business leaders to charitable opportunities across Arizona State University that align with their organizational mission, vision, and values.
Jacqueline Smith, J.D. serves as Senior Vice President 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 “big bet” and moonshot funding opportunities. Jacqueline manages the Presidential Advancement, Moonshot Accelerator and Foundation Development teams.
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.
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.
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.