Transformation Seeker

Alumna returns to Haas to lead Development & Alumni Relations

Leslie Schibsted, BS 86
Leslie Schibsted, BS 86

Leslie Schibsted, BS 86, became assistant dean for Development & Alumni Relations at Berkeley Haas earlier this year, marking a homecoming for the undergrad alumna. She takes over for Michelle McClellan (now Berkeley’s associate vice chancellor of university development) and brings a wealth of fundraising experience to Haas. Schibsted previously served as the associate vice president for development at San Diego State University (SDSU), leading the development team as the school concluded its $800 million campaign.

Prior to joining SDSU, she served as the interim associate vice president for development at California State University, Chico, where she helped launch the school’s first-ever comprehensive campaign. Earlier in her career, she counseled more than 60 nonprofits as vice president and senior consultant at The Focus Group, a fundraising consultancy.

“The key to fundraising for public institutions is to frame it not in terms of need but in terms of impact on people’s lives,” Schibsted says. “We all know the value our Haas degrees have afforded us and that Haas has launched so many amazing careers, companies, and startups. We’re eager to invite philanthropic partners to invest in our people at Haas so they can have a transformational impact on the world.”

Schibsted, who earned an MA in education leadership and development from CSU, Chico, says that Haas prepared her well for this new role.

“What I bring to the table is a data-driven, systems-based approach that is built on a strategic plan, which I credit to my education at Haas,” she says. “It’s an honor and a privilege to now serve Haas in this role.”

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