CASE District VII Connect West Conference
- Explore key concepts and review best practices for all sizes and types of institutions through educational content presented by peer institutions in the region.
- Develop practical strategies that will improve and advance your institution’s development, alumni relations, advancement services and/or communications initiatives.
- Build a professional network through intentional engagement opportunities.
Who Should Attend
- Advancement professionals at all levels of their careers
- Professionals in advancement services, alumni relations, communications and marketing, and fundraising
- Newcomers to the profession
- Executive leaders who would like to connect with their peer leaders across the region
Jennifer is a first-generation professional, called to serve in higher education because of her life-changing experience as a re-entry, transfer student at UCLA.
Currently, Jennifer leads the major gifts team in campaign fundraising at the University of San Francisco, where she is building the pipeline for programs and initiatives designed to support students, provide opportunities and enhance their college experience.
During her 14-year tenure at UC Berkeley, Jennifer established herself as an expert in scholarship fundraising and partnered with campus colleagues and donors to ensure underrepresented students received financial resources to support their college aspirations and goals. She began her career in alumni engagement and had the privilege of working with alumni around the globe while serving in various development roles at the Cal Alumni Association.
Prior to entering higher education advancement, Jennifer worked in the public relations and marketing sector throughout California representing non-profit organizations, government entities, and consumer brands. In addition to her volunteer roles with CASE, Jennifer serves as the Finance Chair for the UCLA Latino Alumni Association.
Manaf has devoted his career in postsecondary education to community engagement, stakeholder and partnership development, and the management of large and complex projects. His current work at Stanford University focuses on the strategic planning of volunteer engagement, experiential strategy, and cross-campus partnerships in support of the university’s long-range vision. Previously, Manaf developed the vision and implementation plan for Stanford Graduate School of Education’s alumni engagement and community development programs as well as spent several years honing his craft as a member of the Stanford Law School external relations team. Prior to Stanford, Manaf cultivated partnerships on behalf of New York University as an employer relations and diversity/global career programs specialist, and at the University of California - Los Angeles, where he oversaw foundational elements and signature programs for the university's first year experience program.