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Nancy Katano
Senior Executive Director
Corporate, Foundation and Research Relations
310.794.2315 | nkatano@support.ucla.edu

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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.

Stephanie Dyas
Deputy Director of Development
Corporate, Foundation and Research Relations
310.794.2323 | sdyas@support.ucla.edu

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Stephanie joined UCLA in November 2012, and works with various schools and units across campus to raise support from corporations and foundations for priority projects. Prior to coming to UCLA, she was Director of Government and Foundation Relations for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where she worked for 19 years raising money for exhibitions, education programs, and art conservation and preservation. She has a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fullerton and 23 years of fundraising experience.

Ms. Dyas fundraises for the following areas:

    • School of Dentistry
    • Herb Alpert School of Music
    • Nursing
    • Anderson School of Management
    • Theater, Film, and Television

Helen Magid
Director of Development
Corporate, Foundation and Research Relations
310.825.3979 | hmagid@support.ucla.edu

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Helen joined UCLA in 2015 and works with a range of schools and units that include law, education, public health, and the arts. Previously she was Director of Foundation Relations at the University of California, Riverside where she worked collaboratively with faculty in the arts, humanities, sciences, and education. She also has worked in development for a Los Angeles education reform nonprofit, and as adjunct faculty for graduate and undergraduate on-line writing programs, including UCLA.

Ms. Magid fundraises for the following areas:

    • Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
    • Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science
    • School of Arts and Architecture
    • School of Law
    • Luskin School of Public Affairs
    • Libraries

Jyothsna Buddharaju
Director of Development
Corporate, Foundation and Research Relations
310.983.3067 | jbuddharaju@support.ucla.edu

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Jyothsna works primarily with the Health Sciences to raise support from corporations and foundations for key initiatives. Prior to coming to UCLA, Jyothsna served as the Senior Director of Foundation Relations at Wayfinder Family Services (formerly known as Junior Blind of America) in Los Angeles for six years.

Jyothsna graduated from University of Texas at Austin with a Master of Public Policy and a Master of Asian Studies. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and recently received her MBA also from University of Michigan where focused her studies on the health care industry.

Ms. Buddharaju fundraises for the following areas:

    • Health Sciences
    • Jules Stein Eye Institute
    • Fielding School of Public Health
    • Grand Challenges/Depression
    • California Nanosystems Institute
    • Broad Stem Cell Center

Elisabeth Kealy
Assistant Director of Development
Corporate, Foundation and Research Relations
310.206.5984 | ekealy@support.ucla.edu

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Elisabeth Kealy joined the UCLA Corporate, Foundation and Research Relations team in July 2014 as Development Coordinator.  In this role, she provides fundraising and administrative assistance to the department, including prospect research, stewardship management, coordination of site visits, special events, meetings and correspondence with current and prospective corporate and foundation donors, and various other special projects.

Elisabeth previously worked for the department of Psychology at UCLA as a fund manager, where she worked with faculty, students and staff with principal attention on contract and grant administration, financial management and analysis.  Prior to her arrival at UCLA, she worked for the department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at University of California, Santa Barbara, also in contract and grant administration, and a convenient two-minute walk to the beautiful Santa Barbara coast.  Elisabeth has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Art History from University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master’s degree in Communications/Public Relations from California State University, Fullerton.

Ms. Kealy fundraises for the following areas:

    • University Extension
    • Student Affairs
    • UCLA Volunteer Center
    • Scholarships
    • Institute of American Cultures
    • International Institute

Jim Francis
Assistant Director
Corporate, Foundation and Research Relations
310.794.4454 | jimf@support.ucla.edu

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Jim started at UCLA in 1993 in Corporate, Foundation and Research Relations, a unit of the Development Department focused on developing relationships with corporations and nonprofit foundations. His duties have included prospect identification, providing briefing memos and other information for visits and meetings, helping as needed with preparations for meetings, and various special projects.

Jim has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Sport Psychology from the University of Virginia.

Cynthia Gonzalez-Saylor
Development Researcher
Corporate, Foundation and Research Relations
310.206.6301 | cgonzalez@support.ucla.edu

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Cynthia Gonzalez-Saylor joined the UCLA Corporate, Foundation and Research Relations team in January 2016 as the Development Researcher. In this role, Cynthia provides prospect research support to the CFRR team, which includes identifying, assessing, and prioritizing prospective corporate and foundation donors, and preparing briefings for senior campus leaders and other faculty in advance of donor meetings.

Prior to joining UCLA, Cynthia spent five years at New York University, where she rose from the role of Research Associate in the university’s central office to Development Research Manager for New York University School of Law. Earlier in her development career, Cynthia worked as a program assistant at the University of San Francisco and as a development associate at Baruch College of the City University of New York. She has worked in development since 2007 and obtained her BA in history from Baruch College and an MA in international education from New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

Kevin Le
Development Assistant
Corporate, Foundation and Research Relations
310.204.6239 | kle@support.ucla.edu

Brandon Eicher
Director
UCLA Ventures
310.562-5161 | beicher@support.ucla.edu

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Brandon Eicher (’07) serves as the Director of UCLA Ventures, a community-built venture portfolio that supports UCLA and its entrepreneurial ecosystem. Since he returned to the university in early 2016, UCLA Ventures has grown rapidly, adding some of UCLA’s most prominent entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to the group’s already vibrant membership base. Under his leadership, this cohort of entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, which is committed to building and sustaining UCLA’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, has pledged hundreds of thousands of dollars in equity in their respective venture-backed companies to UCLA Ventures. This support will have a lasting impact on the university, its students, and its alumni.

Prior to returning to UCLA, Brandon earned a Master’s degree in International Relations and International Economics with a specialization in Finance from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He then moved to Chicago, where he worked as a Consultant for Grenzebach Glier & Associates (GG&A) in its higher education practice area. While at GG&A, Brandon served an impressive client list, which included Cornell University, Dartmouth College, INSEAD, Johns Hopkins University, Princeton University, and the University of Queensland, among others.

Marion Patricio
Program Manager
UCLA Ventures
310.794.4442 | mpatricio@support.ucla.edu

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Marion Patricio (’14) joined the UCLA Ventures as a Program Manager in January 2017.

From 2015 to 2017, Marion worked as the development assistant for the UCLA Office of Corporate, Foundation and Research Relations, where she worked closely with the executive director, managed the department budget, and took on various other special projects.

Prior to joining the office of Corporate, Foundation and Research relations, Marion worked for the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies as a work-study student assistant, where she provided administrative support to the Chair and Assistant to the Chair.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in both International Development and Political Science with a concentration in International Relations from the University of California, Los Angeles. Throughout her time at UCLA, Marion worked for UCLA’s student-run newspaper The Daily Bruin as a sports reporter.