Conferences & Training
Faculty -International Advancement: North American Strategies for Global Alumni Relations and Fundraising

Conference Co-Chairs

Emily Kessler

Emily Kessler
Senior Director of Development, International
Georgetown University

Emily Kessler brings more than 10 years of international development experience to her role as senior director of development, international at Georgetown University, most recently from Johns Hopkins University where she oversaw international fundraising with a portfolio focused on Asia.

She has a master's degree in international public policy, concentrating on China and Middle East Studies from Johns Hopkins University, and an undergraduate degree in art history and religious studies from the University of Oregon.

Benjamin Zoll

Benjamin Zoll
Assistant Vice President, Principal and Major Gifts
Boston Children’s Trust

Benjamin Zoll is the assistant vice president for principal and major giving at Boston Children’s Hospital. He oversees a number of teams at BCH, including international giving, which features two dedicated front-line officers. Zoll and his team develop and implement the international fundraising strategy for the hospital’s current $1.3B campaign. His team oversees international development travel for leadership and hospital faculty, as well as creates new materials and communications tools for a global audience, working to expand and build the BCH brand among grateful patients and unaffiliated donors alike.

Prior to working at BCH, Zoll served as senior director of international advancement at Harvard University, where he oversaw university-wide international giving and policy. He has more than 15 years of experience working internationally, including development roles at Conservation International and Johns Hopkins University. He speaks Mandarin Chinese, has a master's degree from the Jackson School at the University of Washington in East Asian Studies, and a bachelor's degree from Hamilton College in world politics.



Ashleigh Au

Ashleigh Au
Director of Communications, SOHO China
Secretary, SOHO China Scholarships

With more than a decade of cross-border experience between China and North America, Ashleigh Au is a trilingual (English, Mandarin, Spanish) business and communications consultant based in Toronto, Canada.

She  serves as director of communications for SOHO China, the largest prime office property developer in Beijing and Shanghai. Since 2014, she has also served as secretary general of the SOHO China Scholarships, directing the US $100 million scholarship program providing financial aid to Chinese students at top international universities. As secretary she oversaw the development of partnerships with international universities, and managed the SOHO China Scholarships Board, and lead the development of the SOHO China Scholars student engagement program.

Au currently overseas Teacher Business Development and Outreach Canada for VIPKid, China's largest online English learning platform, and one of the worlds fastest growing EdTech companies. Renowned for connecting North American teachers with English students in China, VIPKid boasts more than 500,000 Chinese students and more than 50,000 North American teachers, who bridge East and West on a daily basis through online education.

She holds a bachelor's degree of East Asian and Latin American Studies from the University of Toronto, and a Graduate Certificate in Chinese and American Studies from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. She is a Global Advisor to Not-for-Profit G(irls) 20 and Ontario Chair of EGRC (Educating Rural Girls in China).

Natalie Kopp

Natalie Kopp
Assistant Director of Development
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Natalie Kopp is the assistant director of development at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. She brings four years of domestic and international fundraising in higher education with a special focus on health.
Her specialties include basic science, nutrition, event and volunteer management.

She manages a diverse portfolio of major and principal-level prospects and donors across Asia and Turkey, as well as some domestic prospects. She works closely with a team of basic scientists to develop strategies to communicate about and support the school's unique ability to tackle public health issues from genetics to policy implementation for a wide audience.

Beginning her development career at Loma Linda University Health in Southern California, Kopp took on major gifts as the only fundraiser for the School of Allied Health Professions. She managed every facet of the role, from communications and events, to domestic and international individual and corporate giving, working closely with the dean to develop and implement strategy.

Justin Michalka

Justin Michalka
Executive Director of International Advancement
University Development Office, The University of Texas at Austin

Since September 2016, Justin Michalka has served as the executive director of international advancement within the University Development Office at the University of Texas at Austin. As part of the Principal Gifts Team, he and his teammates, Jenn Wang and Celeste Mendoza, work with constituencies around the world toward increased involvement with and support of the university’s priorities, in alignment with their particular interests and passions. He and his team also coordinate and manage strategic international travel for the president, provost, and other university leadership. Justin

Michalka has been with UT-Austin for more than 15 years and holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Texas A&M University.

Keynote Speaker


Julio Frenk

Julio Frenk
University of Miami

A fourth-generation physician whose paternal grandparents fled Germany in the early 1930s to build a new life in Mexico, Julio Frenk catalyzed his deep gratitude for the kindness of strangers into a lifelong mission to improve the health, education and well-being of people around the world. Dr. Frenk became the sixth president of the University of Miami in August of 2015. He also holds academic appointments as professor of public health sciences at the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, professor of health sector management and policy at the Miami Business School, and professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Prior to joining the University of Miami, he was the dean for nearly seven years of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the T & G Angelopoulos Professor of Public Health and International Development, a joint appointment with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Frenk served as the Minister of Health of Mexico from 2000 to 2006. There he pursued an ambitious agenda to reform the nation's health system and introduced a program of comprehensive universal coverage, known as Seguro Popular, which expanded access to health care for more than 55 million previously uninsured Mexicans.

He was the founding director-general of the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico, one of the leading institutions of its kind in the developing world. He also served as executive director in charge of Evidence and Information for Policy at the World Health Organization and as senior fellow in the global health program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, among other leadership positions.

He holds a medical degree from the National University of Mexico, as well as a master of public health and a joint doctorate in medical care organization and in sociology from the University of Michigan. He has received numerous honorary degrees from other universities. His scholarly production, which includes more than 175 articles in academic journals, as well as many books and book chapters, has been cited around 20,000 times. In addition, he has written three best-selling novels for youngsters explaining the functions of the human body.

Frenk is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the U.S. National Academy of Medicine, and the National Academy of Medicine of Mexico. He serves on the boards of the United Nations Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He has received numerous recognitions, including the Clinton Global Citizen Award for changing the way practitioners and policy makers across the world think about health, the Bouchet Medal for Outstanding Leadership presented by Yale University for promoting diversity in graduate education, and the Welch-Rose Award for Distinguished Service from the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.

In 2017, he was elected as a member of El Colegio Nacional, one of the most prestigious groups of intellectuals, artists, writers and scientists of Mexico.




Antonio Arce
Director of International Development for Europe & Latin America
Duke University

Antonio Arce is the director of international development for Europe and Latin America at Duke University. He works with Duke parents and alumni in both regions to secure philanthropic support for Duke's mission, "Knowledge in the service of society." His work also includes helping to develop engaged Duke communities abroad, creating strategies to build the Duke brand globally, and promoting Duke programs internationally.

Arce has been at Duke for more than 20 years, first as a graduate student of Latin American politics, followed by 10 years at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS). He served as co-director of the Duke Brazil Initiative helping to develop collaborative research projects between Duke faculty and Brazilian counterparts, working with alumni, government officials and academics in Brazil to foster new research opportunities in the arts, energy and education policy. He directed the DukeEngage Chile program for seven years focused on micro-entrepreneurship, and helped develop DukeEngage programs in Brazil and Ecuador.

He studied philosophy and political science at Santa Clara University and received his master's degree in political science at Duke University.


Erica Arroyo
Associate Vice President, Engagement
University of Miami

Erica Arroyo serves as the associate vice president of engagement at the University of Miami (UM). She is responsible for guiding the strategy and programs developed to engage all types of University of Miami constituents including alumni, parents, students, donors, faculty, staff and fans. She and her team work to create an inclusive engagement model that is personalized, relevant and impactful, while serving as the foundation for the division's fundraising efforts. Her team is comprised of the following sub-teams: lifelong engagement, family relations, volunteer leadership, and annual giving + digital engagement.

She most recently served as interim associate vice president of alumni relations and annual giving at the University of Miami, having oversight of the 36-member alumni engagement and annual giving team of the association. She has received a total of 10 CASE awards during her career, including the 2015-2016 Grand Award for the CASE International Platinum category of Best Practices in Alumni Relations for District III, for the university's comprehensive legacy engagement program. She served on the CASE III planning committee from 2015-2017, as co-chair for the alumni track, and is currently serving as a director of the CASE III Board of Directors. During her time at UM, she has been responsible for varied areas including alumni association strategic planning, management of the Alumni Board of Directors and President's Council leadership groups, and development of the Legacy Admission Program. Prior to working at the University of Miami, she worked at Florida International University as secretary to the board of trustees.

Arroyo received her bachelor's degree and her master's degree in liberal studies from the University of Miami.


Raj Bellani
Chief of Staff
Denison University

As assistant to the president for strategic initiatives at Denison University, Raj Bellani is responsible for providing critical support as the college launches the major initiatives outlined in its strategic plan to widen institutional global focus and initiatives, further support faculty and staff as mentors, expand the curriculum, and create the gold standard in career readiness, as well as enhancing efforts related to co-curricular learning, innovation, diversity and wellness. Bellani brings extensive experience to the newly created position at Denison.

Prior to arriving at Denison, he served as the dean of experiential learning and career planning at DePauw University's Hubbard Center for Student Engagement, where he had administrative oversight of several areas, including career services, service learning courses, national awards and fellowships, in addition to alumni support and residency programs. Previously, he served at the Rhode Island School of Design as international recruitment director, associate provost and dean of students. He also worked at Colgate University in a number of administrative positions. He is a member of the Geneseo Foundation Board of Trustees.

Bellani holds a bachelor's degree from State University of New York, Geneseo a master's degree from Western Illinois University and a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.

Miriam Bradley

Miriam Bradley
Director of Development for Global Affairs
University of Virginia

Miriam Bradley serves as director of development for global affairs at the University of Virginia. She is responsible for major and principal gifts from international constituents and is the chief development officer for the university's global campaign priorities in collaboration with schools and units of UVA.

Prior to UVA, she spent almost seven years at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro (UNC-G), first as director of development for student affairs where she launched a major gifts program, led and completed a fundraising campaign for the historic residential quadrangle's renovation, and catalyzed alumni volunteer committees around affinity groups. She later oversaw fundraising efforts for need-based scholarships, faculty development, international programs, and strategic campaign planning with the boards and staff of the university's Weatherspoon Art Museum.

Cultural exchange has been at the center of Bradley's prior work with arts and arts education organizations in Washington, D.C., Virginia and North Carolina. She has performed in France and Austria and lived in Egypt. She began her career in contracts and strategic communications at an international consulting group after earning a bachelor's degree in mathematics and music from the University of Richmond. In 2016, she earned the Certified Fundraising Executive credential from CFRE International and in 2015 earned the General Management Program certificate from UNCG's Bryan School of Business and Economics.

Lourdes Dieck-Assad
Vice President for Hemispheric and Global Affairs
University of Miami

María de Lourdes Dieck-Assad is the inaugural vice president for hemispheric and global affairs at the University of Miami. She was appointed by President Frenk to lead the hemispheric and global initiatives across all schools and colleges of the university.

She has been an academic leader in macroeconomics at EGADE Business School of Tecnológico de Monterrey, where she served as dean of the school from 2011 until 2016 when she was named dean emeritus. She served as ambassador of Mexico to Belgium and Luxembourg and as chief of the Mexican Mission to the European Union and Permanent Representative to the European Council (2004-2007). For her distinguished diplomatic service, she was decorated with the Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown of Belgium, awarded by Royal Decree.

Dieck-Assad has been an economic consultant to several international institutions including the World Bank in Washington D.C. In 2010, she was appointed as a professional board member at two subsidiaries of Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), the Mexican state oil company: PEMEX Petrochemicals ad PEMEX Gas and Basic Petrochemicals, and served until 2015.

Margaret K. Dimock

Margaret K. Dimock
Senior Leadership Giving Officer
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Margaret Keller Dimock has 32 years of fundraising experience. With a bachelor's degree from Vassar College and concentration in Hispanic studies, she began her development career at Miami Children's Hospital Foundation, where she started outreach with the Latino community in Miami.

At MIT since 1997, she helped strengthen and grow the major gift effort at MIT Sloan as director of principal and major gifts, and was the first at MIT to engage and build philanthropy with alumni in Latin America. For the past 10 years, she has focused on work with alumni from across the institute on the east coast of the United States, raising six- and seven-figure gifts as part of the inclusive $5 billion "MIT Campaign for a Better World."

Two years ago she returned to work in Latin America to help alumni from MIT connect and support the institute.


Brian Federico
Regional Director of Development
Stanford Graduate School of Business

Brian Federico is a regional director of development for the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he leads major gift fundraising efforts in the Pacific Northwest, Texas and Latin America.

Prior to the GSB, he was director of development for the School of Business Administration at Portland State University where he led the team responsible for the successful "Grow With Us" campaign, raising more than $20 million in private funds to construct the school's new home, the Karl Miller Center. Over his career, he's raised funds across the United States, the Middle East and Latin America.

Federico earned his bachelor's degree in English from Lewis & Clark College and his master's degree in business administration from Portland State University. 

Esther Feng

Esther Feng
Director of International Development, Asia
Syracuse University

Esther Feng has been director of international development for Syracuse University since July 2017. In this role, she builds alumni, parent and fundraising networks throughout Asia.

Prior to her tenure at Syracuse University, she worked in all areas of fundraising, in addition to developing international programs at a Denver-based nonprofit.

Feng received both a bachelor's degree in biochemistry and a master's degree in education from Cornell University.

Robert Fleming

Robert Fleming
Director of Development
University of St. Andrews

Robert has been director of development at the University of St Andrews since August 2012, and completed the "600th Anniversary Campaign" to raise £100m in 2018. Previously, he was director of development at Glasgow Caledonian University, and vice president with GG+A Europe, with clients including the University of Warwick, University of Bristol, Lancaster University and Save the Children UK. He was previously director of development at the University of Edinburgh, and from 2000 until 2005 was director of development for Trinity College of Music, London. Earlier in his career Fleming held roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company (as head of sponsorship development) and at the City of London Festival. He has served on the board of trustees of a number of arts organizations including Making Music and the Scottish Ensemble, and was on the CASE Commission for Philanthropy 2014-2017.

Fleming holds an MA Hons in politics and management studies from the University of Glasgow and a postgraduate diploma in arts administration from City University London.


Josh Friedman
Senior Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
University of Miami

Joshua Friedman joined the University of Miami in February of 2018 as the senior vice president for development and alumni relations. He is responsible for the implementation of all fundraising and alumni affairs for the university.

As a senior administrator of the university, he reports directly to the president and serves as a member of the President's Cabinet. He works closely with the university's board of trustees and all academic deans in formulating and implementing development and alumni relations initiatives for the university.

Friedman has more than 20 years of experience leading record-breaking fundraising efforts. Prior to joining the University of Miami, he served as the chief development officer for the Arizona State University Foundation for a New American University where he worked closely with Arizona State University's (ASU) President Michael Crow to cultivate and steward major donors and to match their interests to the programs and ideas that advanced ASU's vision. He was instrumental at planning and launching ASU's successful $1.5 billion comprehensive campaign.

He joined the ASU Foundation from National Public Radio (NPR), where he served as the broadcaster's senior director of individual giving. Prior to NPR, Friedman was director of development at Johns Hopkins University's Berman Institute of Bioethics and was director of development for the Nobel Prize-winning Physicians for Human Rights, and a fundraising director within the Partners HealthCare hospital network, which includes Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women's Hospitals.

He is a certified fund raising executive (CFRE) and earned his bachelor's degree in history from Johns Hopkins University.


Ciara Ginyard
Assistant Director of Development and External Relations/IBS
Brandeis University

Ciara Ginyard has 20 years' experience within the philanthropic sector. Her skillset while working at various organizations, both national and internationally, focuses on creating strategic funding strategy that leverages an institution's capacity to make a greater impact from increased revenue.

Currently she serves as the director of development and external relations at Brandeis International Business School (IBS). Using her fundraising expertise, Brandeis IBS has increased donations to exceed prior 10-year totals from five to six and seven figures. Her fundraising strategy incorporates multiple revenue streams, annual giving, major gift donors, board development, peer-to-peer solicitation, and social media and technology. Prior to Brandeis, Ginyard served as the alumni director (a new department) at the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and within her first year was promoted to assistant vice-president of member engagement. This leadership role allowed her to oversee five departments and 14 staff and steward a portfolio of $8 million.

Two of the pivotal leadership development and impactful career experiences was serving as a Detroit Revitalization Fellow through Wayne State University in partnership with Detroit Employment Solutions. As well as being selected as National Urban Fellow for her graduate studies, which was inclusive of a mentorship component at the Annie E. Casey Foundation where she served as the special assistant to the director of evidence-based practices.

Ginyard holds a bachelor's degree from Syracuse University and a master's degree in public administration for CUNY- Baruch College. She remains active in her collegiate organizations as the emeritus co-chair of The National Society Collegiate Scholars Alumni Board and director of development at Alpha Omega Epsilon National Foundation.

Mark Greer

Mark Greer
Senior Manager
Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) American Donor Fund

Mark Greer is senior manager of the CAF American Donor Fund, a donor advised fund which allows people who pay tax in the United States and UK to claim tax relief in both countries on all their giving. He leads a team that works with high and ultra high net worth donors managing annual giving of around $90m.

Greer was previously philanthropy director at UK Community Foundations and CEO of the Beacon Awards for Philanthropy, a UK awards program that celebrates and promotes excellence in philanthropy. 

Phil Hills

Phil Hills
President and CEO, Senior Consultant and Principal
Marts & Lundy

Phil Hills has nearly 30 years of advancement experience with expertise in health sciences, higher education and complex organizations. He was elected president and CEO of Marts & Lundy and began his service in this role in 2016. Prior to joining the firm, he served as the executive vice president for development at the Livestrong Foundation, where he created a comprehensive development plan, an international fundraising strategy and built the first major gifts team. He helped develop domestic and international corporate licensing programs, which generated more than $20 million in guaranteed revenue.

Prior to his work at the foundation, he served as vice president for d evelopment for Emory University's Woodruff Health Sciences Center and as associate dean for development at the Emory School of Medicine. He led Emory's $1 billion health sciences campaign and led Emory's international development, helping to create Emory's international advisory board. Previously, he served as director of development at the University of Florida Warrington College of Business; as director of major gifts at George Washington University School of Business and Public Management and as executive director of the University of Tampa Alumni Association. Hills served on the Marts & Lundy Board of Directors from 2014 to 2016 and on the University of Tampa Board of Trustees from 2004 to 2006.

He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Tampa, and his M.P.A. from George Washington University.


Yoona Lee
Assistant Director
Boston University

Yoona Lee is assistant director for international alumni relations at Boston University. She oversees alumni engagement in Asia-Pacific. She is a regional expert and a connector, who is proud to be a catalyst among various constituencies to build stronger communities while advancing the university.

Prior to BU, she worked as an art museum professional with a specialty in contemporary Asian art and also served as a social media consultant in Seoul, Korea. At the center of all these experiences was her passion to build and enrich programs that play a vital role in retaining, growing and acquiring audiences to support mission and vision of organizations.

Lee holds a bachelor's degree from Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan, and a master's degree from University of Leeds, and an MBA from Boston University.

Susan Lyons
Director, International Advancement for Latin America
Harvard University

Susan Lyons is a senior fundraiser for Harvard University's Alumni and Affairs Development Office, with two decades of fundraising experience including Harvard's recently concluded $9.6 billion campaign. As a director for international advancement, she oversees global fundraising and strategic planning and policy across Harvard for the president and provost, as well as collaboratively with Harvard's professional schools and regional centers.

Lyons has special experience as a fundraiser for Latin America. Her expertise in principal gift international fundraising established a multitude of significant current-use and endowed gifts for faculty, students and high-level research funds. Previously, as a director of the Harvard College Fund, she ran record-setting reunion fundraising campaigns in Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences. She also served as west coast regional director and associate director, and hosted travel study programs to Greece, Turkey and China. From 2001-2003, she was head of Bowdoin College's Annual Giving Office where she oversaw alumni and parent fundraising teams. She is on the Board of Academic Advisors at Harvard College and received special recognition as a student advisor.

She holds a master's degree in religion from Harvard Divinity School, as well as certificates from Harvard Business School executive programs in entrepreneurship and negotiation, and Singularity University's Executive Program at NASA Research Park, California.

Eugene Mahr

Eugene Mahr
Director of Development, Asia
Boston University

Eugene Mahr is director of development, Asia at Boston University, where he has managed, for the past five years, a growing portfolio of principal and major gift prospects integral to the university's current $1.5 billion campaign. His territory spans 10 different countries from Japan and Korea in the North, greater China, and into ASEAN. Previous stops in his advancement career include the Mass General Hospital, Northeastern and his alma mater, Brown.

Mahr began his career as a college admissions officer, retooled with a master's degree in business administration from Yale, and then spent a dozen years as a consumer products marketer, highlighted by a three year stint as an expat in Hong Kong.

A committed volunteer, he has held several alumni leadership positions at Brown, and is currently the board president of a human services not-for-profit in Boston's Chinatown.

Katie McCoy

Katie McCoy
Associate Director of Donor Relations
Georgetown University

As the director of donor relations and engagement in Georgetown's Office of Advancement, Katie McCoy coordinates donor strategies and directs and executes high-impact events around the world--from Hong Kong to Rome to Los Angeles to right at home in DC.

Never one to be without a good tale herself, she recognizes the power events have to tell a story, and ensures her attendees hear the right university priorities and get a true Georgetown experience no matter where they are.

McCoy's ability to break through the noise with targeted messages to audiences and depth of experience creating tailored experiences for VIP constituents are complemented by her background in political fundraising and her ENFP personality.

Michael McNally

Michael McNally
Vice President for Development
Massachusetts General Hospital

Mike McNally is currently the vice president for development at Mass General Hospital, where he is responsible for overseeing the planning and implementation of development activities that include the expansion of the hospital's fundraising base in both domestic and international markets.

Before MGH, he was the vice dean for external relations at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where he worked with external relations colleagues, as well as school's academic, financial and campaign leadership to increase philanthropic support for the school. Before returning to Harvard Chan, he was executive director of the Office of Leadersh ip Giving at MIT, where he was responsible for the overall management of the individual giving program, setting and implementing strategies for market development, donor development, volunteer management, and resource allocation.

McNally has served in multiple positions at Harvard University and MIT, working on domestic and international fundraising, foundation work, program development, and tertiary education and human capital efforts with governments and multilateral organizations. Before entering the education sector, he worked in the financial services industry.

He earned his bachelor's degree from Boston College and his master's degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Kimberle Morton

Kimberle Morton
Associate Dean of Development, SAIS
Johns Hopkins University

Kim Morton became associate dean for development and alumni relations in January 2015. She leads a team of development and alumni relations professionals as they work to build community among alumni and secure the resources essential to the school's mission. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins SAIS, she was senior director of development for the Wilmer Eye Institute and senior associate director for development in the department of neurology at Johns Hopkins Medicine.

She was previously a major gifts officer at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, responsible for the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. Morton holds a bachelor's degree from Wellesley College and a JD and master's degree in international affairs from The George Washington University.

Marco M. Muñoz

Marco M. Muñoz
Senior Director Office of Global Initiatives (Philanthropic Partnerships)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Marco M. Muñoz has been director of the Office of Global Initiatives at MIT since 2012 and was promoted to senior director in 2017, with a special focus on Latin America and Europe. His primary responsibility is building support and connections that help promote the institute's global interests, working with strategic partners who share MIT's goal of solving some of the world's greatest challenges. One of Muñoz primary responsibilities in this senior position is to advise and help fundraisers around the Institute to develop successful strategies to accomplish their fundraising goals, from donor engagement to identifying the best projects and faculty that can help to fulfill prospects interests.

Latin America was not a principal focus of fundraising in MIT's Office of Resource Development until Muñoz designed and implemented a model to cultivate alumni and unaffiliated prospects in the region. He also created a fundraising presence in continental Europe and is involved in developing MIT's fundraising strategy in California, New York, Texas and Florida.

Previously, Muñoz was assistant director at the IC2 Institute at the University of Texas at Austin, director of special projects at the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) at UT Austin, he has served as an advisor to the Mexican delegation at the International Coffee Organization in London and has presented at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva. Muñoz was special counsel to the president of the Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, Mexico, and was chairman of the Board of the Center for Sustainable Development and Productivity, a nonprofit organization he founded that assists small-scale agricultural producers in emerging economies to become self-sustaining and self-sufficient.

In addition to his degree from the University of Texas School of Law, Muñoz graduated with honors in law from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He has taught Mexican and Latin American law at the UT School of Law, civil law at UNAM, criminal law at the Universidad Cristóbal Colón in Veracruz, and U.S.-Mexico comparative law at the Escuela Libre de Derecho in Veracruz.

Skip Nordhoff

Skip Nordhoff
Director of International Strategy and Senior Development Officer, External Relations, Harvard Business School
Harvard University

Skip Nordhoff is the director of international strategy and senior development officer in the Office of External Relations, Harvard Business School. In this role, he works closely with the dean, senior associate deans, faculty and staff, as well as regional research directors and multiple stakeholders to lead the school's development and implementation of an international alumni relations and fundraising strategy.

He is responsible for coordinating with university-wide stakeholders and HBS leadership on key efforts to engage with and raise philanthropic support from non-U.S. based alumni of both the school and the university, including significant contributions made during the recently completed $1.4B HBS campaign. He personally travels to a region that includes Turkey, the Middle East/Levant, India, Singapore and New York City.

He has been with HBS since January 2011 and previously served at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Wheaton College and Bryant University. He also served on active and reserve duty with the United States Marine Corps, retiring after 28 years of service in July 2017 at the rank of Colonel. He holds a master's degree from the Catholic University of America and a bachelor's degree from Denison University.

Nicholas Offord

Nicholas Offord
Senior Vice President, Marts & Lundy International
Marts & Lundy

Nicholas Offord is one of Canada's most experienced and respected consultants in the charitable sector. After graduating from the University of Toronto, he began his career directing fundraising campaigns in communities across Canada. In 1990, he was recruited to McGill University where he served as executive director of development. While there, he received the 1994 gold medal for "Best Development Program" from the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education, in recognition of his leadership. In 1995, he became the president of Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation and for the next 10 years led rapid growth in healthcare fundraising and medical research. In 1999, the Toronto Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals awarded him "Outstanding Executive of the Year." In 2000, he was selected as one of "Canada's Top 40 Leaders Under 40" by the Report on Business magazine. He also served as a senior policy advisor to the Ontario Minister of Health with a focus on healthcare reform.

In 2005, Offord founded The Offord Group, now a leading consulting practice in philanthropy that helps charities of all kinds with the strategic and management capacities required to achieve their ambitions. In September 2010, he was appointed vice-chair of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Museum of Nature, a national museum in Ottawa. He served as chair from 2012-14.

Alana Petraske

Alana Petraske

Alana Petraske leads Withers' advice on international fundraising, in particular for U.S. and global educational institutions. She has established and advised many fundraising affiliates, including numerous U.S./UK dual qualified charities which enable tax-efficient giving in the United States and the UK. She works closely with Hong Kong colleagues to establish U.S./HK structures and is well-versed in the priorities and challenges of both the advancement and general counsel's offices in a university context. She advises donors, family foundations and donor advised funds, and chairs the Withers' charities and philanthropy Special Interest Group.

Petraske is recommended in the Legal 500, Chambers and Partners, Citywealth Leaders List and Superlawyers. She is a member of the International Bar Association, the Executive Committee of the Charity Law Association, the Steering Group of the STEP Global Philanthropy Advisors SIG and a trustee of Philanthropy Impact.

Having spent eight years in Withers' London office, she now makes Withers' New York office her base, delivering UK and international advice to U.S., UK and global clients in an accessible and responsive way (and from a U.S. time zone).


Tom Priebe
Associate Director, International Advancement
University of Chicago

Tom Priebe is a major gift officer at the University of Chicago, specializing in the development of philanthropic relationships with parents, alumni and friends in Europe and Latin America. He joined the International Advancement team in 2015. Prior to this, he spent three years cutting his teeth in frontline fundraising, overseeing stewardship and managing the Dean's Advisory Council for the Division of the Physical Sciences.

Priebe holds a bachelor's degree in international political economy and policy studies and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Chuck Ramsay
Director of Principal and Major Gifts
Phillips Exeter Academy

Chuck Ramsay is a graduate of Deerfield Academy and Hobart College. Immediately after graduating from Hobart, he started his career as an admissions officer at the school. He remained at Hobart and Williams Smith Colleges for six years, the last three as a major gift officer in the development office.

He then worked at Phillips Exeter Academy as a regional director of major gifts, helping the school secure $305 million in gifts and pledges during their "Exeter Initiatives Campaign," which was at the time a secondary school record. At Exeter, he was the first to develop and execute engagement and fund raising strategies in the UK and Europe. He left Exeter in 2006 to begin a 10-year stint at Mount Holyoke College, initially as director of leadership gifts and then as director of principal gifts and international advancement. He was the first at Mount Holyoke to focus on international fundraising, working throughout Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

Ramsay returned to Exeter in 2016 as director of principal and major gifts. His team in Institutional Advancement includes major gifts, planned giving and research. His portfolio includes principal rated donors in the United States, as well as donors in Asia and other select regions outside the United States.

Brodie Remington

Brodie Remington
Senior Director, International Giving and Engagement, Office of University Development
University of Michigan

Brodie Remington has a passion for partnering with philanthropists supporting globally minded education and research. He has worked in a variety of roles at the University of Michigan and, previously, the University of Chicago. He began cultivating international donors nearly 10 years ago. China is one of Michigan's most important regions for philanthropic support and strategic relationship building.

Joe Rively

Joe Rively
Managing Director, International Development
University of Pennsylvania

Joe Rively started his fundraising career in 1995 at AID Atlanta, an AIDS services organization (ASO). In 2008, he relocated to Nashville to serve as director of development at Nashville CARES, another ASO. In 2001, he made the transition to higher education, becoming a regional development officer for Vanderbilt University. In 2007, Rively progressed to the Ivy League, joining the University of Pennsylvania in International Development.

He is involved in the Philadelphia community, serving on the Advisory Board of the Citizens Planning Institute, the education and outreach arm of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission.

Rively graduated from the College of Charleston, and completed a program in Nonprofit Management at Georgetown University.

Sam  Sanders

Sam Sanders
Director, Regional Engagement
Georgetown University

Sam Sanders is the director for regional engagement at Georgetown University, where he manages a team overseeing more than 100 alumni clubs and contacts around the world. He oversees all international alumni clubs for Georgetown, and has planned large-scale alumni events in Doha, Hong Kong and Mexico City.

Prior to his role with regional clubs, he worked on the Reunion and Young Alumni teams at Georgetown University, with classes ranging from 5th and below to 51st and beyond. In total, he has more than 10 years of experience in alumni relations, all at Georgetown.

Sanders holds an undergraduate degree in history with a specialty in Middle East studies from Georgetown, as well as graduate degree from Georgetown in culture, communication and technology.


Khaleel Seecharan
Assistant Vice President, Special Projects
University of Miami

Khaleel Seecharan is an assistant vice president in the Office of the Provost at the University of Miami where he is actively working on implementing the university's strategic plan—the Roadmap to Our New Century.

Previously, he worked in the Office of the President leading the coordination, planning and development of the strategic plan—a series of bold initiatives to transform the university by its centennial in 2025. Prior to joining the University of Miami, he served as the chief of staff and director of external relations at Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. He also served as deputy chief of staff in the Office of the President and as founding director of operations for the nascent College of Medicine at Florida International University.

Seecharan is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania and holds a master's degree in public administration from the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government in addition to two degrees from Florida International University.

Natalie Yaonan Song

Natalie Yaonan Song
Associate Director, Asia Pacific Recruitment & Engagement, Business School & College of Engineering
University of Miami

Originally from Shanghai, China, Natalie Yaonan Song is a cross-cultured higher ed professional with a deep understanding of Chinese culture and the higher education market. As the associate director of Asia Pacific recruitment and engagement at the University of Miami Business School and College of Engineering, she oversees the marketing, recruitment, student engagement and alumni relations in the Asia Pacific region.

In her tenure, Song has served the University of Miami in multiple positions including the Office of Admission, the Intensive English Program, and the Office of Alumni Relations. During her time at the Office of Alumni Relations, she led the development and implementation of the Asia Pacific engagement and development strategy. She designed specific in-person and digital engagement programs that resonated with the regional market. Her programming resulted in a 70 percent increase in engagement and an endowed fund that specifically supports the university's outreach effort in China. Once an international student herself, Song understands the importance of building affinity early on. Her commitment to international students is also evident as she works closely with the international students on campus as the advisor for the Chinese Students and Scholars Association.

Song earned her bachelor's degree in public relations and her master's degree in interactive and digital marketing from the University of Miami.

Steve Staples

Steve Staples
Executive Director, International
Princeton University

Dr. Staples's role as Executive Director of International Development at Princeton punctuates a 25 year career in higher education. He leads a team of frontline major gift officers focused on raising philanthropic gifts for university priorities. Prior to serving in this role, he was the Director of Leadership Gifts at Princeton. As a regional manager during the University's five-year Aspire campaign, Dr. Staples and his team were instrumental in achieving the record-breaking total of $1.88 billion in 2012, with more than 65,000 donors and 8,300 volunteers.

Prior to arriving at Princeton in 2006, Dr. Staples served in a variety of sport marketing and external relations positions at Harvard University and the University of Illinois, his graduate alma mater. Today he continues his longstanding relationship with Illinois as an adjunct lecturer, teaching online graduate courses on marketing and critical issues in sport management. He launched his teaching career at Northeastern University, where he played a key role in creating its sports leadership graduate program. He holds his bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky.

Hugh Sullivan

Hugh Sullivan
Director of International Programs
Johns Hopkins University

As director of international programs in the Johns Hopkins University's Office of Development and Alumni Relations, Hugh Sullivan leads the university's international fundraising and external affairs. He and his team seek out partnerships and build international relationships on behalf of the university's various divisions and programs.

He brings more than a decade in professional and volunteer roles related to business development and education. He has spent six of those years serving Johns Hopkins in progressive fundraising roles, most recently as director of advancement for Asia at the Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). In that time, he helped establish and execute an annual forum on international policy issues in Asia and supported the volunteer leadership board for the Hopkins-Nanjing Center (HNC), established in 1986 as the first and premier binational educational partnership in Modern China. He has played a role in raising more than $12M for various programs at Johns Hopkins and worked with constituents across the globe.

Before joining Johns Hopkins, Sullivan supported the international expansion of a private U.S. engineering, procurement and construction company, first as a field engineer on a $50M+ floodwall project in New Orleans, Lousiana, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and later as a strategic analyst evaluating greenfield and brownfield opportunities in Africa and the Middle East. He worked on projects involving aviation and highway infrastructure; municipal sanitary and wastewater systems; hospital and residential construction; and hydro-, solar-, and wind-power projects, engaging organizations like the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and private airline companies. He also spent two years teaching English in Hunan Province, People's Republic of China, as a fellow with the Yale-China Association.

Sullivan holds a master's degree in economics from Johns Hopkins SAIS and a bachelor's degree in classics (Latin) from Yale University. He is proficient in Mandarin Chinese.

David Tan
Executive Director
The Chen Institute

David Tan is an executive eirector at Shanda Group, focused on private equity and venture capital investments, as well as healthcare sector coverage. He is an executive director at the Chen Institute, which has the philanthropic mission to support research of the human brain and mind.

Previously, he spent more than a decade at Lazard and Merrill Lynch in New York. He has advised investment banking clients across diverse industries, including healthcare, energy, consumer and aerospace in transactions involving mergers and acquisitions, structured financing and related strategic matters.

Tan earned his doctorate in quantitative and computational biology from Princeton University. He received his bachelor's degree summa cum laude in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Cornell University and his master's degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University.


Ariel Tsai
Business Development Consultant
Ping Pong Digital

Ariel Tsai is a business development consultant at PingPong Digital, a Chinese digital marketing agency based in the UK and Shanghai. She is an enthusiast for Chinese digital marketing and social media addicted. She is well experienced in working with clients across different industries including education, beauty and fashion.

Tsai holds a bachelor's degree from Wenzao University College of Languages, and a bachelor's degree from the University of the Arts London.

Jenn Wang

Jenn Wang
Director of Development, International Advancemen
University of Texas at Austin

Jenn Wang is the director of development for international advancement at the University of Texas at Austin, with a particular focus on Asia. Prior to this role, she served as a strategic consultant for Civitas Learning, an education technology company supporting community colleges and universities in their student success efforts.

Wang has eight years of experience at UT Austin in various constituent relations and development roles, including with the university's Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, College of Liberal Arts, and McCombs School of Business.

She received her bachelor's degree in education and her master's degree in higher education leadership and policy from UT Austin. She is a doctoral candidate in higher education leadership and policy at UT Austin.

Timothy J. Wolf

Timothy J. Wolf
Director, International Development
University of Minnesota Foundation

Tim Wolf serves as directoterr of international development at the University of Minnesota Foundation (UMF). He was named to this position in September 2016. At UMF, he leads the university's program to engage donors, alumni, friends, companies and other supporters, primarily those outside the United States, and to secure valued philanthropic resources that benefit the university's mission and its students. The main geographic focus for his office is the Greater China region. He has planned and executed three annual university leadership trips there and travels to the region regularly.

Wolf joined UMF in December 2012 after working in successively more senior development roles at Georgetown University and the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation. During his six-year tenure at Annapolis, he led the Class Giving, Annual Giving and Planned Giving programs. While at Georgetown, he was a member of the planned giving staff. His professional career in higher education development comes after practicing law in Washington, D.C., and serving on active duty as a Surface Warfare Office in the U.S. Navy.

He earned academic degrees from the U.S. Naval Academy, Georgetown University and the Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law.