Your Trusted Guide to Campus Partnerships

The Office of Foundation Relations and Corporate Philanthropy serves as the central university office connecting private funders with university leadership, faculty and programs. We work closely with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Creative Activities and our colleagues in Development situated in schools, centers and labs across campus.

The mission of UCLA as a public research university is the creation, dissemination, preservation and application of knowledge for the betterment of our global society. We partner with external organizations to develop philanthropic collaborations with the capacity to advance shared goals for research, education and service that align with this mission.


  • Expert and comprehensive guidance to foundations, corporate donors, and other entities interested in exploring philanthropic engagement with UCLA
  • Partnership across UCLA in developing and coordinating funding activities that advance institutional priorities
  • Facilitation for foundations and corporations in launching funding calls, requests for proposals, nominations for awards, and open competitions — and in working across UCLA to publicize these opportunities
  • Collaboration with faculty and staff on all aspects of successful work with foundations and corporations — ranging from initial engagement of funders to developing proposals and communications — to stewarding long-term relationships between UCLA and our supporters


Senior Executive Director
UCLA’s Office of Foundation Relations & Corporate Philanthropy

As Senior Executive Director of UCLA’s central Office of Foundation Relations & Corporate Philanthropy, Stellar oversees a team that works with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activities, UCLA’s academic and administrative leadership, and with faculty and staff across UCLA’s schools, departments, centers, labs, and programs to develop funding partnerships between the university and a variety of philanthropic organizations.

Prior to joining UCLA, Stellar served as Senior Director of Foundation Relations at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, focused on developing funder collaborations across MIT’s research enterprise, major Institute initiatives, and programs. Her tenure in higher education includes serving as adjunct faculty in English at public and private universities.


Senior Director
UCLA’s Office of Foundation Relations & Corporate Philanthropy

Scott W. Hassler focuses on funding opportunities centered on science, engineering, law, public policy, and social sciences. He serves as liaison to the Chancellor’s Sustainable Los Angeles Grand Challenge, focused on climate, environment, and sustainability.

Scott was most recently Foundation Relations Officer at The Wilderness Society, working on federal lands conservation, climate change, and outdoor access. Previously, he served as Director of Grants and Research and Manager of Advancement Services at John F. Kennedy University. Scott has a 30-year dual career in academic fundraising and instruction, serving in faculty roles in geology at UC Berkeley and other San Francisco area institutions. Scott’s research and publications focus on the sedimentary rock record of large asteroid impacts.

Scott received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from UC Santa Barbara.


Senior Director
UCLA’s Office of Foundation Relations & Corporate Philanthropy

Laura Fuentes works with faculty and foundations to identify and develop funding opportunities across campus, with a special focus on public health, nursing, law, public policy, education, social sciences, arts, and humanities. Laura is a liaison to the Chancellor’s Depression Grand Challenge.

Previously, Laura was Associate Director of Foundation Relations at Johns Hopkins University and served as Deputy Director of the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at JHU’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she oversaw research programs and communications. She is an experienced research program director in public health promotion and health communication, with publications in various scholarly journals.

Laura holds an M.A. in Communications from Johns Hopkins University and an M.M. in Music from Towson University.


Deputy Director
UCLA’s Office of Foundation Relations & Corporate Philanthropy

Stephanie oversees all operational aspects of our work with foundations, helping funders navigate processes involved in working with UCLA and managing coordination across offices at UCLA and the UC system.

Before joining UCLA, she was Director of Government and Foundation Relations for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for 19 years.

She has a B.A. in Art from California State University, Fullerton.


Director of Prospect Strategy and Engagement
UCLA’s Office of Foundation Relations & Corporate Philanthropy

Callie works in close partnership with FRCP fundraisers and operations staff to help develop, optimize, and implement comprehensive strategies for UCLA’s work with foundations and corporations.

Prior to joining UCLA in October 2022, Callie oversaw operations for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Office of Foundation Relations. She spent 14 years in fundraising at MIT, serving in both foundation relations and prospect research roles. Callie has also worked as an academic librarian and in a research capacity for nonprofit and start-up organizations. Callie received a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh, and a B.A. in Communication from Villanova University.


Assistant Director, Research and Operations
UCLA’s Office of Foundation Relations & Corporate Philanthropy

Nathaniel works on researching private foundations and corporations, identifying RFPs, and providing program and operational support to the Foundation Relations and Corporate Philanthropy team.

Before joining UCLA, Nathaniel was Executive Assistant on the Corporate & Foundation Relations team at the University of California, San Francisco.

Nathaniel received a B.A. in Business Management Economics from UC Santa Cruz and an MBA from San Francisco State University.


Please contact us to discuss how we might assist you in achieving your philanthropic objectives.
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