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Michael J. Brennan, Senior Consulting Associate

photo of Michael J. Brennan Michael Brennan has over 30 years of professional development experience, ranging from front-line fundraising with corporations, foundations and individuals to management, department restructuring, campaign strategic planning, policy analysis and research. He has held various leadership positions in his career including Vice President, Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles; Executive Director, Development, the RAND Corporation; Assistant Vice Chancellor, Health Sciences Development at UCLA and Executive Director of the UCLA Foundation.

Mike has assumed leadership roles in two major campaigns. As the chief advancement officer for the Health Sciences during UCLA’s “Where Great Futures Begin” campaign, he was responsible for the planning, management and oversight of the five health science school campaigns. As Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations during Penn’s initial $1.0 billion dollar campaign (1987-1993), he lead a team that conducted the overall planning, coordination and implementation of a comprehensive fundraising program directed toward corporations and private foundations. While at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, he rebuilt a team that focused on principal and major gifts in support of the Department of Pediatric Surgery and The Saban Research Institute of Children's Hospital Los Angeles. The team was responsible for surgical initiatives, endowment support and campaign planning for the Divisions of Orthopedics, Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery, Otolaryngology, Neurosurgery, Solid Organ Transplant and other medical specialties.

He has served on numerous boards and committees during his career and has presented at the AAMC (American Association of Medical Colleges), CASE, (Counsel for the Advancement and Support of Education), where he also was awarded a Circle of Excellence award, and AUTM (Association of University Technology Officers).

Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and communications from University California, San Diego, an MA in communications from the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania, and has completed his Ph.D coursework in Higher Education Administration from Penn’s Graduate School of Education. He currently lives with his wife and son in Oceanside, CA.