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Philanthropy and Strategic Partnerships

UC Merced Elevating the Brand

Dedicated to advancing the university’s mission of teaching, research and public service, UC Merced’s Philanthropy and Strategic Partnerships Department creates and maintains strong relationships with campus partners including individuals, corporations and foundations to inspire philanthropic support for UC Merced students, faculty and programs. In collaboration with the schools, research institutes and university leadership, Philanthropy and Strategic Partnerships works closely with our partners to identify meaningful opportunities through gifts, endowments and estate planning that will have lasting and transformative effects on UC Merced.

Lisa Pollard Carlson

Associate Vice Chancellor





Terisa Roesler

Executive Director of Major Giving

Marci Gordon

Executive Director of Institutional Giving


Advancement Services

Patrick Hunt

Executive Director, Advancement Services



Donor Stewardship and Communications

Francesca Dinglasan

Director of Stewardship and Donor Communications, Philanthropy & Strategic Partnerships


UC Merced Foundation

Blanca Zarate

Director, Foundation Board


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