UCSF appoints Erin Hickey as Vice Chancellor for Academic Development and Alumni Relations

Erin Hickey

UC San Francisco has named Erin Hickey, a successful fundraiser with a passion for healthcare, as vice chancellor of University Development and Alumni Relations (UDAR) after a nationwide search.

During his 20-year fundraising career, Hickey has secured millions of dollars in pledges from some of the nation’s top philanthropic donors. Prior to joining UCSF, she was a consultant with CCS Fundraising, the largest fundraising consulting firm in the United States that partners with nonprofit organizations.

At UCSF, Hickey was part of the UDAR leadership team that raised $6.2 billion over the course of UCSF: the campaign – the largest fundraising campaign in UCSF history – exceeding its goal by nearly 24%. Previously, Hickey helped lead fundraising projects for the construction of several buildings on UCSF’s Mission Bay campus, including the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Betty Moore Women’s Hospital, and Medical Building. Conway Family Gateway.

In 2018, Hickey was named one of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy’s 40 Under 40s for his leadership in fundraising. When asked why she chose a career in healthcare philanthropy, Hickey replied, “I always think of philanthropy as the key to unlocking potential. New cures, new discoveries, new leaders and new ways to improve and save lives. The pebble in the pond analogy is so strong: a discovery in a laboratory, funded by a donor, can profoundly affect countless lives.

Hickey succeeds Jennifer Arnett, who served as UDAR’s vice-chancellor from January 2018 to October 2021. Upon Arnett’s departure, Hickey was tapped to serve as interim vice-chancellor overseeing a team of approximately 230 employed at UDAR. She currently leads fundraising efforts for two major UCSF priorities – the revitalization of UCSF’s oldest campus in Parnassus Heights and the construction of a new hospital at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland. and works closely with the UDAR team to secure major donations and grants for research programs and faculty.

I always think of philanthropy as the key to unlocking potential. New cures, new discoveries, new leaders and new ways to improve and save lives.

Erin Hickey, Vice Chancellor of University Development and Alumni Relations

“Erin has been a champion of UCSF’s public mission, inspiring donors to see how their contributions can transform human health for generations to come,” said UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood, MBBS. “She is well positioned to lead us as we continue to cultivate new and existing donors to support projects and programs that will advance health and science and ultimately improve and save lives.”

The breadth and depth of Hickey’s experience is critical to the success of current fundraising initiatives to raise an additional $1 billion for the Parnassus Heights campus revitalization and $350 million for a new children’s hospital. in Oakland.

As UDAR Vice Chancellor and Director of Fundraising, Hickey will report directly to the Chancellor for philanthropic support in partnership with colleagues at UCSF Health, the four schools of dentistry, medicine, d ‘Nursing and Pharmacy and Graduate Studies Division.

Hickey will also serve as Vice Chairman of the UCSF Foundation, an ex-officio member of the UCSF Investment Company, and a member of the UCSF Health Executive Council and the Benioff Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees. She will also partner with the Chair of the Board of Trustees and Board leadership to advance UCSF’s development goals and leverage the expertise of volunteers for the benefit of UCSF.

Hickey joined UCSF in 2007 as a senior consultant and campaign manager for a $500 million+ fundraising campaign for the UCSF Medical Center in Mission Bay. She was named Assistant Vice Chancellor, Children’s Health at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in February 2016 when she helped accelerate fundraising for programs and research for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals. Under his leadership, the children’s health company increased its annual fundraising revenue by more than 20%. She was appointed Associate Vice-Chancellor in 2021.

Hickey is a founding member of UDAR’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and launched an internal task force to address microaggressions.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Oregon.