Our mission

Whether you are passionate about research on the newest environmental engineering development, care deeply about the arts and how they intertwine with our everyday lives or want to provide scholarships to students that wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend UCLA, you can likely find it right here at the UCLA Fund.

It’s because of Bruins like you that UCLA continues to thrive, creating innovators in virtually every sphere. UCLA counts on your annual support to make a difference. And that’s how we all continue to be a part of something bigger.

Support UCLA. Give every year. Give your way.

Mission Statement

The UCLA Annual Giving program builds enduring relationships with alumni, parents, students and friends of the university, and secures annual support for UCLA’s Chancellor and academic leaders in order to maintain and enrich UCLA’s tradition of world-class excellence.

A message from the Chair


I am extremely honored to serve as the Chair of the UCLA Fund in the midst of UCLA’s ambitious Centennial Campaign. More than that, I am just proud to call myself a UCLA graduate.

My ties with this university run deep. I earned a BA in Political Science from UCLA in 1977 and my Juris Doctorate from the UCLA School of Law in 1982. My father and my brother and two sisters have been proud Bruins (Jan is a member of the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame), and so are Marijane’s and my three children.

For me, giving back to UCLA started over 30 years ago. I have been a donor since the mid-80s and have volunteered for over 10 years. Part of what I enjoy so much about my involvement with UCLA, and particularly the Chancellor’s Society is that I consistently find myself in the good company of leadership donors (and good friends) who are deeply engaged with UCLA.

We are at the halfway point of the Centennial Campaign which will culminate when UCLA marks its 100th anniversary in 2019. A big goal of the Campaign is to istrengthen our overall base of support, meaningthe number of alumni, parents, students and friends who give back to UCLA. And, as we have come together in this effort, the results have been inspiring. Last fiscal year, we continued to break records both in gift count and dollars received. In fact, UCLA is No. 1 among all U.S. public universities in terms of private financial support (and we’re in the top 10 overall). Having said that, I know we can do so much better.

Our future depends on cultivating the philosophy that giving back starts as students and continues for the rest of our lives. UCLA has made great strides in that direction, as the number of student and young alumni donors has risen steadily in recent years. Enriching that success story will be a main focus of mine these next two years.

If you are a current donor to UCLA, let me say thank you! Your dedicated support will continue to help UCLA discover, shape and empower our local and global communities. For those of you considering a gift to UCLA, please know that your annual support is essential in fostering excellence on this campus. I expect the next two years to be invigorating for all of us as we participate in taking UCLA to new levels of greatness. So let’s get to it!



Signature Jay Palchikoff


Jay Palchikoff
BA ’77, JD ’82, UCLA Parent
Chair, UCLA Fund

Meet the team


Leadership Team


Mike GyulaiMike Gyulai ’04, M.B.A. ’15
Executive Director, Annual Giving
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Sue Totten, Executive Director, Regional GivingSue Totten
Executive Director, Regional Giving
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Regional Giving


ReubenReuben Ayala ’06
Regional Director, Downtown and Central Los Angeles
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mattberndMatt Bernd
Regional Director, Orange County
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mikebrooksMike Brooks
Regional Director, San Gabriel Valley
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Chris Carbado
Regional Director, West Los Angeles
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Minda HartsMinda Harts
Regional Director, East Coast
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AntoinetteAntoinette Molina
Regional Director, San Diego
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Nnamdi OkaforNnamdi Okafor
Regional Director, Central US
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Marcy Potter
Senior Regional Director, North West
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Ricardo Quintero WEBSITERicardo Quintero
Regional Director, North Santa Monica Bay and South Bay
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UCLA-Fund-Logo-square106x107Linda Rondinelli
Regional Director, Northern California
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cynthiascottCynthia Scott
Regional Director, San Fernando Valley and Ventura County
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Chancellor’s Society


kirstenhertzKirsten Hertz
Director, Chancellor’s Society
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Nicole Measles, Assistant Director, Chancellor’s SocietyNicole Measles
Assistant Director, Chancellor’s Society
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Parent Philanthropy


Patrick Cowan, Director, Parent PhilanthropyPatrick Cowan ’08
Director, Parent Philanthropy
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Nora Hakkakzadeh, Associate Director, Parent PhilanthropyNora Hakkakzadeh ’10, MURP ’13
Associate Director, Parent Philanthropy
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UCLA-Fund-Logo-square106x107Lindsey Walton
Associate Director, Parent Philanthropy
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Young Alumni & Student Giving


UCLA-Fund-Logo-square106x107Sabrina Gutierrez ’09
Assistant Director, Young Alumni
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Brittany SchoofBrittany Schoof ’10
Director, Young Alumni and Student Giving
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Brittany SchoofTyler Varing ’13
Assistant Director, Student Giving
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