March 1, 2018 – San Diego, CA – The San Diego Foundation today announced Brian Zumbano has been hired as Vice President of Development and Stewardship.

Zumbano will lead the Development and Stewardship Division, overseeing The San Diego Foundation donor engagement and fundraising activities. He will be responsible for expanding and diversifying the organization’s donor base through strategic efforts that will grow The Foundation’s assets and increase the impact of charitable giving in the region.

“Brian is known throughout San Diego as an innovative and collaborative leader with a strong track record in development and stewardship,” shared Kathlyn Mead, President & CEO of The San Diego Foundation. “We look forward to increasing philanthropy and social impact throughout the San Diego region with his support and leadership.”

Zumbano brings 13 years of development experience with major institutions such as UC San Diego, New York University and Columbia University. For the past five years, he served as Executive Director and Senior Executive Director of Development for UC San Diego Health Sciences, where he managed a diverse team of development professionals responsible for principal and major gifts. In this role, Zumbano helped prepare the Health Sciences Advancement organizational structure for the launch of the Campaign for UC San Diego, in addition to stewarding multiple transformational gifts for the institution. He also volunteers his time as the Board of Directors Vice President of Education for the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Zumbano earned his bachelor’s degree at Boston College, as well as two master’s degrees – one in Strategic Communications from Columbia University, and a second in World History from New York University.

About The San Diego Foundation

The San Diego Foundation maximizes the impact of your charitable giving. We mobilize philanthropic resources to advance quality of life, increase social impact and champion civic engagement. For more than 40 years, The Foundation and our donors have granted more than $1 billion to grow a vibrant San Diego region. Learn more on our website, and consider a donation to the Fund for the Future Endowment which supports San Diego community needs now and forever.


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