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University Development

UC San Diego Advancement’s University Development is the frontline fundraising team responsible for supporting general campus and Scripps Institution of Oceanography leadership in securing philanthropic funding that advances opportunity for their students, faculty and initiatives.

University Development (UD) staff members contribute expertise in development leadership, strategy, fundraising and communications. The UD team includes senior development officers and their teams who support eight campus divisions and schools, and central UD staff who provide leadership and support for development teams and fundraising for university institutes and centers.

Leadership

Drew Hunsinger
Associate Vice Chancellor
dhunsinger@ucsd.edu | (858) 822-1070

Lynsey Buerer
Chief of Operations
lbuerer@ucsd.edu | (858) 246-1855

Anne Harris
Senior Executive Director of Development
aharris@ucsd.edu | (858) 246-1805

Rebecca Tseng Smith
Senior Executive Director of Development
rsmith@ucsd.edu | (858) 822-3786

James Vermillion
Director, Donor Strategy
jvermillion@ucsd.edu | (858) 822-6618

Central University Development

Central University Development provides leadership to support development operations and fundraising teams across campus. Our central operations staff provides strategy planning for donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship; talent acquisition, management and development; resources management; and vetting of proposals and gift agreements to ensure compliance with standards, quality and strategy. Central UD development officers secure philanthropic funding to support campus institutes and centers, such as the Qualcomm Institute and the Clarke Center for Human Imagination. The UD communications team shapes development communications strategy in partnership with other communications units and resources across the university; composes donor communications including case statements, proposals, one-sheets, impact reports and collateral; and offers editorial guidance and creative support.

Contact:
Lynsey Buerer
lbuerer@ucsd.edu | (858) 246-1855

Arts and Humanities

The Division of Arts and Humanities spans six departments, including literature, history, philosophy, theatre and dance, visual arts and music. Philanthropic support enables the division to advance students' foundational knowledge within a framework of critical thinking, ethical questioning, creative expression and clear communication.

Arts and Humanities website

Contact:
Sneja H. Tomassian
stomassian@ucsd.edu | (858) 246-5506

Biological Sciences

The Division of Biological Sciences engages in emerging research from genetics to the microbiome. Philanthropic support enables the division to advance scientific knowledge and apply research discoveries in ways that improve human health, protect our environment, and enrich our economy.

Biological Sciences website

Contact:
Chris Sickels
csickels@ucsd.edu | (858) 246-5705

Jacobs School of Engineering

The Jacobs School of Engineering is at the forefront of training technology leaders and fueling research that will benefit society. Philanthropic support enables the school to provide the human and intellectual capital that will drive our innovation society now and in the future.

Jacobs School of Engineering website

Contact:
Zack Smith
zksmith@ucsd.edu | (858) 246-2722

Physical Sciences

The Division of Physical Sciences has been vital to the university’s transformation into one of the world’s top research institutions. Philanthropic support enables the division to empower students and faculty to blaze new trails in advancing scientific understanding for global good.

Physical Sciences website

Contact:
Michael Adrio
madrio@ucsd.edu | (314) 724-7663

Rady School of Management

The Rady School of Management is a nexus for management research with economic impact. Philanthropic support enables the school to develop ethical and entrepreneurial leaders who make a positive impact in the world through innovation, collaboration and knowledge.

Rady School of Management website

Contact:
Kate Heusner
kheusner@ucsd.edu | (971) 258-9680

Global Policy and Strategy

The School of Global Policy and Strategy addresses the crucial society challenges of the 21st century, offering graduate degree programs in international affairs and public policy with a focus on the Americas and Asia. Philanthropic support enables the school to prepare new generations of leaders who solve complex problems in a diverse and interconnected world.

Global Policy and Strategy website

Contact:
Jean Korinke
jkorinke@ucsd.edu | (858) 822-7617

Marine Sciences

With specialties that span every aspect of marine, earth and atmospheric sciences, Scripps Institution of Oceanography is home to forerunners in climate change, medicine and data. Philanthropic support enables Scripps Oceanography to develop solutions that restore our habitats and resources, and safeguard our future by preserving the planet.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography serves as the interpretive center of the institution and showcases Scripps research and a diverse array of marine life through exhibits and programming. Philanthropic support ensures the evolution of Birch Aquarium’s mission to engage and inspire the public, and connect understanding with protecting our ocean planet.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography website

Contact:
David Hanses
dhanses@ucsd.edu | (858) 246-3276

Social Sciences

Encompassing a range of disciplines with the common core of service, the Division of Social Sciences aims to build a world where opportunities abound for everyone. Philanthropic support enables the division to prepare students to be changemakers, from reinventing policy solutions to addressing disparities and improving educational outcomes.

Social Sciences website

Contact:
Doug Kurtz
dpkurtz@ucsd.edu | (858) 822-0805