Spring 2012

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Carlson School Institutional Advancement Welcomes New Members to the Team


Scott Persons is our new Director of Individual Giving. In this position, he leads all individual fundraising efforts for various campaigns to meet the needs and priorities of the Carlson School. He manages a team of fundraising professionals and a portfolio of 100 major gift prospects while working in close coordination with the other members of Institutional Advancement and the University of Minnesota Foundation. Persons has 15 years of experience in the non-profit and private sectors.
        “What a wonderful time to join this great institution! We have a compelling story to tell about the Carlson School and we need all of our alumni and friends to help us tell it,” he says. “In the years to come we will be asking you to become more involved to meet the challenges of serving our amazing students and attract and retain the best faculty to work with them. There is no limit to how successful we can be with your support and enthusiasm.”
        Reach Scott at spersons@umn.edu.

Josh Lease is our new Assistant Director of Annual Giving. He oversees the Annual Fund, Leadership Annual Giving, and Class Giving in this role. Lease joins the Carlson School with an extensive background in individual fundraising, having worked on political campaigns at the federal and state level.
        “I’m most excited about the possibilities to work with leadership giving with our revised and expanding Dean’s Circle, and the opportunity to guide philanthropy among our newest alumni through the Carlson School class giving,” he says. “With the school doing so well with job placement, there’s greater ability for our recent alumni to give back immediately.”
        Reach Josh at leas0007@umn.edu.

Anne Weber-Smith is our new Development Officer in Institutional Advancement. In this role, she works with prospects and benefactors to fund the Carlson School’s development priorities, such as scholarships, fellowships, and faculty recruitment and retention. She previously worked at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity where she was its major gifts officer for four years.
        “Since coming to the Carlson School, I’ve been learning about the many exciting programs and initiatives that set us apart. I’ve been so impressed by the depth and the breadth of the opportunity offered to students here,” she says. “My long-term goal is to build key relationships for Carlson in the community.”
        Reach Anne at awsmith@umn.edu.

Ann Herzog-Olson is our new Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations. She comes to the Carlson School from the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum where she had served as the manager of corporate relations since 2007. In that capacity, she was responsible for securing major gifts, both cash and in-kind sponsorships.
        “The Carlson School has made a huge difference to all Minnesotans. That’s why I am so excited about my new position,” she says. “My goal is to take corporate relationships to the next level and create partnerships within the Carlson School—offering corporations employment/recruitment, educational opportunities, and engagement throughout the school.”
        Reach Ann at aherzog@umn.edu.

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