Regional Advancement

Our purpose is to strengthen and transform the University of Washington’s relationships with its alumni, donors and friends. We work primarily with individuals who live outside the Puget Sound area and whose relationships with the UW can be enhanced by central (University-wide) attention. Our passion is connecting donors’ philanthropic hopes and dreams to University priorities facilitating and creating initiatives that benefit the global community. Our work includes meeting with individuals, staffing UW leaders and creating events to enhance the UW’s connection with its alumni and friends across the globe. Our travel is focused throughout the United States and worldwide in areas with the highest concentrations of UW alumni and friends. Contact Information

4333 Brooklyn Ave NE
UW Tower, Box 359515
University of Washington
Regional Advancement
Seattle, WA 98195-9515


Campus Mail
Box 359515

Regional Advancement Team

Stephanie DoyleStephanie Doyle
Assistant Vice President of
Regional Advancement

Angela Hsieh
Angela Hsieh

Advancement Services Officer for the Assistant Vice President & East Coast team

Jayme Jack

Advancement Services Officer for West Coast team
 Cate Sturtevant
Advancement Services Officer for International, Mid-U.S., & Alumni Relations & Communications teams

Nina Pham 

Advancement Assistant

Alumni Relations and Communications

Megan VanStratt
Director of Alumni Relations & Communications
Erin Oest-Larsen
Assistant Director of Regional Alumni Relations, Major Markets

Catrina Dagostino
Assistant Director of Regional Alumni Relations, Special Markets
Connie Rock
Interim Assistant Director of Regional Marketing & Communications

West Coast

Andrew Minear
Senior Director of West Coast
Casey AmundsonCasey Amundson
Associate Director of Northern California
Heather PageHeather Page
Associate Director of Southern California
Michelle Banks
Michelle Banks

Associate Director of Special Markets
Damien Basey
Damien Basey
Assistant Director of Northern California
Danielle Higa
Danielle Higa
Assistant Director of Southern California

East Coast

Heather Abernathy

Senior Director of East Coast 206.685.6743 
Sarah SchooleySarah Schooley
Associate Director of East Coast


Camille DeSantis
Camille DeSantis
Associate Director of Mid-U.S. 206.543.1513 

International Advancement

Ray Li
Senior Director of International Advancement
Jennifer SchmittJennifer Schmitt
Director of Global Initiatives
 Lan Bai
Manager of International Alumni Relations

International Advancement supports the vision and mission of the University of Washington by expanding philanthropic opportunities with alumni, parents and friends residing around the world.

Global Paw Prints:

  • 6,000 students on campus from other parts of the world
  • 75 International and Cultural Student Organizations
  • 13 international alumni networks hosting regional events
  • 1 nonprofit organization, FIUTS, devoted to connecting UW international students and scholars with the UW and Great Seattle communities
Below are a few useful links related to UW’s International presence:



Our team is made up of vibrant individuals who are:

  • Champions of Education
  • Collaborative
  • High-Performing
  • Respectful
  • Authentic
  • Ethical
  • Committed to excellence
  • Donor-Centered
  • Creative
  • Resourceful
  • Optimistic
  • Mindful and supportive of work life balance
We accomplish our work by:

  1. Managing portfolios using a donor centered approach and focusing on generating major gifts in areas where high capacity prospects reside
  2. Developing programs and events regionally/internationally that help to create a consistent presence and engaging opportunities for both existing and prospective donors (ranging from personal visits, staffed visits with faculty/leadership, events, websites to e-newsletters)
  3. Partnering across campus to ensure coordination and best distribution of resources
  4. Advocating for fundraising strategy across all units and departments


Holistic Perspective

Regional Advancement is part of Central Development at the UW, a component of Constituency Programs & Units. Regional Advancement staff solicit support that benefits all units and programs at UW. We pride ourselves on promoting donor-centered fundraising through transparent and collaborative communication with units, sharing information, strategy, proposal creation and stewardship.

Service to Units

The Regional Advancement team is here to partner with unit colleagues to engage alumni and friends who live in and outside Seattle. We help units connect with their alumni and friends via:

Individual Visits:  Regional Advancement team members meet with donors and prospective donors with the goal of securing major gifts. Suggestions from unit colleagues are welcome.

Travel planning:  The Regional Advancement team travels regularly, and are very familiar with special characteristics in each region — popular venues, quality hotels, traffic patterns, event timing for maximum participation.

VIP Staffing:  Regional colleagues are often available and happy to staff a UW or unit VIP who is traveling to a particular region.

Event Planning:  Regional Advancement is involved in hosting several events each year. From alumni receptions to small, targeted dinners to faculty lectures, Regional Advancement team members are available to consult and partner on programs which engage alumni and prospective donors and showcase the University.


Regional Advancement has a strong events program that collaborates with unit partners and speakers. Our work during Campaign UW included:

  • Holding two or three Dawgs on Wall Street (DOWS) receptions per year held in New York City, bringing together a distinguished group of NYC alumni and prominent speakers with strong UW ties.
  • Partnering on the popular annual scholarship reception in Sun Valley.
  • Partnering with the UWAA and UW Athletics to hold both large and small events around UW away football games.
  • Planning numerous receptions and small dinners featuring UW faculty members and VIPs in a variety of venues across the country.

Tools for Fundraisers

Please see our Regional Identity Guidelines in the Frontline Fundraisers Resources.