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SIGAP Leadership

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 McNeill Light is a leader in transformational higher education philanthropic partnerships, often in the form of cross-cutting, multidisciplinary initiatives.


She currently serves as Associate Vice Chancellor, University Development and Alumni Relations at UCSF, where she helps lead the design and focus of philanthropic engagement, including grateful patient, school, and basic science fundraising strategies. Prior to joining UCSF, she served as executive director of principal gifts and strategic initiatives at UC Berkeley, and earlier in her career, she served in advancement and strategy leadership roles at UCLA and Cornell University. She has close to 25 years of experience in the development field.


“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.”


Matt Hutter

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.”


Meghan Fay

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."

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Maura McGinnity

Co-Vice President, Programming

Maura McGinnity is the Senior Assistant Dean of Development and External Relations for the UC Berkeley College of Computing, Data Science, and Society.

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.”

Board of Directors
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

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