Proactive stewards, higher education advocates and expert financial strategists, UC San Diego Foundation trustees play an important role in cultivating community partnerships and garnering resources to support UC San Diego research, teaching and public service initiatives. Trustees govern the Foundation, including managing net assets totaling $717 million, including an endowment of nearly $508 million, and help advance the university’s fundraising efforts. Seven trustees joined the 2014-15 Foundation board this year, three new and four returning, including regional business executives, philanthropists, law professionals and alumni. RSF resident Leo Spiegel is among those returning to the board.
UC San Diego raised approximately $148 million in private support during fiscal year 2014, including gift and private grants made to both the Foundation and the campus directly.
“Our UC San Diego Foundation trustees are a driving force behind the strategic and sustainable flow of private support to UC San Diego,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “We are proud to welcome this year’s new trustees, whose devoted engagement enables us to expand opportunities, strengthen programming and ensure our campus continues to grow.”
With the addition of the new trustees, more than a third of the 41-member board is now comprised of UC San Diego alumni, including Peter Preuss, ’67, the first alumni chair of the Foundation who is serving a third year as chair of the board. Vice Chancellor of Advancement Steve Gamer is the ongoing president.
“I look forward to partnering with our dedicated volunteer leaders whose expertise will strengthen UC San Diego’s fundraising initiatives as we begin to prepare for the next comprehensive campaign,” said Gamer. “It is heartening to see the active role our alumni are taking in shaping the future of UC San Diego as committed campus leaders.”
About RSF’s Leo Spiegel:
Leo Spiegel, Managing Partner at Mission Ventures and Senior Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development at Pivotal
Leo Spiegel launched his first company, LAN Systems, as an undergraduate at UC San Diego. A UC San Diego Revelle College management science alumnus, Spiegel is a member of the Rady School of Management’s Dean’s Advisory Council and returns this year to the UC San Diego Foundation Board as the chair of the development committee.
“When I think back 20-plus years, I am in awe of what this university has been able to accomplish,” said Spiegel. “UC San Diego is never willing to accept being average. I respect and admire that.”
Other incoming trustees include:
•Darcy Bingham, Co-Founder of San Diego Social Venture Partners and SVP International
•Jerrilyn Malana, Employment Law Attorney and Shareholder, Littler Mendelson, P.C.
•Matt Newsome, Vice President and Regional Director of Cubic Transportation Systems
•Matthew Peterson, Attorney, Peterson Price
•Jerome Swartz, Co-Founder and Former Chairman and Chief Scientist of Symbol Technologies, Inc.
•Sandra Timmons, former producer at KPBS-TV