Jeff Shilling accepts new role with Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health

To: University Relations

From: Mark Delos Reyes Davis, Vice Chancellor University Relations

Dear Colleagues,

I write to share the bittersweet news that Jeff Shilling, associate vice chancellor for development, has accepted an offer from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health to serve as the senior vice president for individual giving. 

This is a great opportunity for Jeff and underscores his tremendous leadership in our campuswide fundraising efforts. His last day at UC Santa Cruz will be Sept. 1.

Jeff’s leadership — building an excellent development team, working closely with faculty and leaders, and creating lasting relationships with donors — will have a lasting mark on our campus.

Jeff came to UC Santa Cruz from Stanford University in 2010 to lead our philanthropy team and our first comprehensive fundraising campaign. The campaign raised $335 million, surpassing the goal of $300 million. In addition to engaging donors to help advance our mission, the campaign created a culture of philanthropy and established a new annual fundraising average of $50 million per year. He has also been a trusted partner with campus leaders and faculty, connecting them with donors who believe in our work and want to see the campus reach even greater heights.  He demonstrated extraordinary leadership in FY20 when he served as interim Vice Chancellor for University Relations; our strong position today is due in large part because of his efforts.

Please join me in congratulating Jeff on this new role and thanking him for his work at UC Santa Cruz. 

We will soon begin a national recruitment for an associate vice chancellor to lead our development team. We’ll share more soon.