Board of Directors
The SIGAP Board of Directors oversees events, communications and financial management of the organization. The board works with multiple members of the SIGAP community via SIGAP Committees to sustain the organization's mission and programming.
Leti McNeill Light
Leti Light is a leader in higher education fundraising for transformational philanthropic partnerships, often in the form of cross-cutting, multidisciplinary initiatives.
As Executive Director, Principal Gifts & Strategic Initiatives at UC Berkeley, Leti and her team partner with a wide range of academic and program leaders and work with the world’s leading philanthropists to achieve their vision through partnerships with the university designed to make Berkeley’s highest aspirations possible. Over the last 20 years, Leti has led philanthropic development efforts at Cornell University, UCLA, and now UC Berkeley.
“SIGAP has been such a gift. I am grateful for being connected to this powerful network and it has opened my eyes to a wide range of strategies, styles, and ideas for how we can be leaders in transformational philanthropy that solves society’s greatest challenges.”
Secretary and Treasurer
Matt Hutter is Assistant Vice President of Development for Duke Science and Technology at Duke University and oversees a $1B fundraising campaign focused on supporting basic science, materials science, computational science and biomedical science research. Previously, Matt was Executive Director of Development for Strategic Initiatives at the University of Oregon where he led fundraising for science within a $3B comprehensive campaign and managed both the corporate relations and foundation relations teams.
Matt specializes in designing and leading large, multi-unit science fundraising initiatives and securing principal gifts in support of the same. Matt began his career at the Claremont Colleges.
“It is an honor to serve the SIGAP community, within which I’ve been able to form great relationships across the globe.”
Co-Vice President, Programming
Meghan Fay is the Associate Dean for Advancement for Columbia’s Climate School, which includes the Earth Institute and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, managing a growing development team across two Columbia campuses focused on one of Columbia's priority areas -- Climate.
Prior to her focus on climate, Meghan worked on another Columbia priority area - neuroscience - serving as the inaugural Director of Development for what was then the Mind Brain Behavior Initiative and through philanthropy transitioned into the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute.
"It's inspiring to be engaged with colleagues from various institutions who are focused on transformational philanthropy in support of strategic initiatives. SIGAP provides a unique space for our community to share best practices."
Co-Vice President, Programming
Maura McGinnity is the Senior Assistant Dean of External Relations for the UC Berkeley Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society (CDSS).
Before this role, Maura served as a development executive at Stanford University for nearly 18 years, most recently as the Senior Director of Development for the Vice Provost and Dean of Research. In this role, she created and led engagement and fundraising efforts for the interdisciplinary life sciences and human-centered AI. Maura has a long track record of building strategic partnerships among philanthropists, faculty, institutional leaders, and colleagues for the benefit of human well-being.
Maura’s background in collaborative major/principal fundraising, organizational strategy, business development, marketing, and communications have helped her lead team efforts to secure multiple transformative gifts for Stanford’s cross-disciplinary initiatives in the life sciences. This includes significant investments in the Sapp Center for Science Teaching and Learning, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, Sarafan ChEM-H, Stanford Bio-X, the Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance, the Knight Initiative for Brain Resilience and the Stanford Institute for Human-centered Artificial Intelligence.
“I am grateful to be among the incredibly talented advancement professionals of the SIGAP community, who bring mission-driven energy and focus to making remarkable outcomes possible through meaningful, high-impact philanthropy.”
SIGAP Programming Committee
Jose Echevarria Acosta, UC Berkeley
Meghan Fay, Columbia University
Kara Flyg, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Patrick Gutteridge, UC Berkeley
Lusha Kaufmann, University of Oregon
Rebecca Loring, Harvard University
Maura McGinnity, UC Berkeley
Sarah McGreevy, Duke University
Wes Patterson, University of Southern California
Hossein Pourmand, University of Southern California
Eric Reinhard, Penn State University
Maher Salah, University of Michigan
Curtrice Scott, Northwestern University
Jason Solle, UC San Francisco
Clare Wildenborg, Duke University