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Our Team

UC San Diego Advancement's dynamic team inspires, builds and nurtures relationships with our community — alumni, students, faculty, staff and other members of the Triton family — that increase engagement with and philanthropic support for the university. Together, Advancement’s six units bring together strategy, partnerships and expertise to support UC San Diego’s efforts to unite diverse people and unconventional perspectives to propel limitless impact here in San Diego and far beyond.

You can view our organizational chart and explore our units below.

Vice Chancellor for Advancement

Ann Spira | (858) 246-1553

Advancement Business Office

Christina M. Williams
Director, Business and Fiscal Affairs | (858) 246-3097

Advancement Human Resources and Training

Michelle Kensinger
Human Resources Business Partner | 858-337-0035

Central Advancement

Elizabeth Powell
Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff | (858) 822-5507

Advancement Services and UC San Diego Foundation Board

Christina Chase
Associate Vice Chancellor, Advancement; Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, UC San Diego Foundation | (858) 534-1032


Chris Vlahos
Interim Chief Alumni Officer

Health Sciences Advancement

Melanie Cruz
Associate Vice Chancellor | (858) 534-2178

Leadership Strategy and Engagement

Christopher A. Lee
Associate Vice Chancellor | (858) 534-9997

University Development

Drew Hunsinger
Associate Vice Chancellor | (858) 822-1070