Dear Friends of Cal Athletics,
I write to you today with a sense of honor and pride to serve as the Interim Chief Development Officer for the Cal Athletics Fund. It is a privilege to lead the development office and oversee all fundraising efforts supporting the athletic department’s 30 intercollegiate programs and 850 student-athletes, including major gifts, donor and alumni relations, stewardship, the annual fund and planned giving opportunities. I look forward to building upon the successes of the campus, our department and our team. I am excited about the opportunities that are before us.
I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish these last two years since I have been back on campus and know there is still much to be done. I look forward to continuing our outbound front-facing philosophy, focusing on the closure of philanthropic gifts to build endowments and sustain scholarship support, and partnering with our colleagues across campus and in University Development and Alumni Relations. I step into this role from being the Assistant Athletics Director, Development position overseeing the Annual Giving/Alumni Relations team as well as the Development Operations team. I thoroughly enjoy traveling around the country meeting and developing meaningful relationships with our generous supporters, alumni and sport program communities.
My passion for athletics began at a young age when youth sports helped me find community in each part of the country as we moved as a family in the military. That passion for impacting the student-athlete experience deepened when I competed as a student-athlete at Wingate University as a four-year letterwinner and captain on the swim team and studied Sports Administration. I was then given the opportunity to be a member of the Athletics Ticket Office at Marshall University while I worked on and completed my Master’s degree in Sports Administration. I moved out to California in 2009 and began my tenure at the University in the Cal Athletics Ticket Office. My time spent in the ticket office allowed me the opportunity to provide and enhance the ‘Gold Standard’ customer service model and get to know many of our loyal fans and supporters. After a short time away from Berkeley, I then returned to Cal as a senior leader on our development team. I often describe my return to Berkeley as coming home. Since the day that I started at Cal, it was clear to me that this University is closely aligned with my values. I value the opportunity to support student-athletes access to a world-class education while competing at the highest level of Intercollegiate Athletics. The people and the community are what make this place great. Cal is a place where I could see myself working for many years to come.
I look forward to meeting many of you in the near future.