Ms. Nancy Katano has been Executive Director for UCLA Corporate, Foundation and Research Relations since April, 2012. Previously, she was Deputy Director in Corporate, Foundation and Research Relations at UCLA since 2003, focusing on campus wide, large-scale priority and multi-disciplinary projects. Ms. Katano also manages the UCLA Dream Fund, a donor-advised fund; UCLA Spark, a crowdfunding platform; UCLA FuturizeX, a collaboration between UCLA and the X Prize Foundation; and UCLA Venture Capital Fund, a community that supports and promotes entrepreneurship at UCLA.
Prior to her time at UCLA, she worked at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where, as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, she maintained and cultivated all key corporate and foundation relationships for restricted, unrestricted, and capital campaign giving to the Museum. Her previous development experience included positions at NPR radio station KLON FM 88.1 as Director of Development and at PBS television station KCET. At KCET, she spent six years focusing on corporate relations and a capital campaign for an interactive media center and one of the first high-definition production and broadcast centers in the United States. Ms. Katano has also served as a development consultant for KCET, Big Brothers of Greater Los Angeles, and various other arts nonprofits.
Ms. Katano holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and a Master of Arts in Communications from Ohio University.