BREHM TO LEAVE HAAS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL FUNDRAISING POSITION
After twenty-four years of service to UC Berkeley, and four years at the Haas School of Business, Laura Brehm, assistant dean for development and alumni relations, is moving on to a new position as vice president and national director of development for the Trust for Public Land on April 7.
Melinda Carmack, director of major gifts and corporate relations, will be appointed as the new assistant dean for development and alumni relations.
During Brehm's tenure at the Haas School she has built one of the strongest fundraising programs on campus. The New Century Campaign, which ends in December of this year, has raised $82.2 million towards a $75 million goal. The Haas Annual Fund grew to $2 million last year and this year is expected to reach $2.2 million. The number of Alumni Chapters has grown dramatically both domestically and internationally, and Brehm encouraged the creation of the Haas Alumni Network web site that has begun to build an online community of Haas alumni.
"Laura Brehm's contributions to Haas extend so far into the foundation of everything we do here that it is difficult to think of any aspect of the institution that has not benefited massively and directly from her energy, creativity, and savvy," said Dean Laura D'Andrea Tyson. "The strength of our faculty, our academic programs and student services, the beautiful buildings in which we study and work - all are richer both literally and figuratively because of the personal and financial relationships Laura Brehm has built between the School, its alumni, and the corporate community."
The Trust for Public Land is a national non-profit that works exclusively to protect land for human enjoyment and well being. Since 1972, TPL has helped protect more than a million acres of land in 45 states. Brehm will be building a national major gifts and individual giving program and will work out of the TPL headquarters in San Francisco.
"Leaving the Haas School was a very difficult decision for me," said Brehm. "After all, I have had the opportunity to lead the best fundraising program on the campus, with the best alumni, most generous donors, most creative students, most committed and talented staff, and most interesting faculty and academic programs. In addition, I have had the honor and privilege of working with 5 amazing deans for the future of the Haas School - Dick Holton, Ray Miles, Budd Cheit, Bill Hasler and Laura Tyson. The last year and a half spent with Laura Tyson has been exhilarating, inspiring, educational, and a whole lot of fun. I will miss everyone and I thank you all for making the Haas School such a great place!"
Carmack joined the Haas School in June of 1999, with over 20 years of fundraising experience. Carmack spent 10 years heading the alumni and development department at the International House. The Development and Alumni Affairs staff, while sad to see Laura leave, is thrilled to be working with Melinda in her new role. A search for a new director of major gifts will commence shortly.
Dean Tyson said, "Luckily, Laura leaves us is in great hands with Melinda Carmack, who as director of major gifts, has already demonstrated a similar capacity to achieve astonishing results with limited resources. We look forward to working with Melinda in her new role, and we wish Laura Brehm the very best in hers, knowing that she will remain forever a loyal friend to this institution that she has done so much to enhance."