Chief Advancement Officer and Vice President for Medical Affairs
Don began his role as chief advancement officer and vice president for medical affairs in September 2014, overseeing fundraising for UW Medicine, which includes Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, Valley Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine, Airlift Northwest and a major partnership with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and its partners. He works closely with UW Medicine administration, faculty, volunteers and partners across campus to raise money from local, national and international donors in furtherance of UW Medicine’s mission to improve the health and well-being of the public. Additionally, in the fall of 2015, Don assumed responsibilities for all marketing and communications for UW Medicine.
Don earned his law degree from the University of Washington School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from University of Puget Sound. After practicing law, Don began his fundraising career at UW, working in UW’s Human Interface Technology Laboratory. In 1995, he moved to the University of Michigan and initially worked in corporate and foundation relations (CFR) at the College of Engineering. He then moved to the University’s central CFR office and ultimately led that function. In 2000, he joined the University of Colorado Foundation as vice president for corporate and foundation relations across the four-campus system. Before joining UW Medicine, Don worked for almost 11 years as Swedish Medical Center Foundation’s executive director and president.
In his spare time, Don enjoys travelling, hiking, skiing and other outdoor activities, preferably with his family.