Jason Smith

Executive Director, Leadership Gifts & Corporate and Foundation Relations
jasonpsmith@berkeley.edu
(510) 642-6136

Sylvia Bierhuis

Interim Director
sbierhuis@berkeley.edu
(510) 643-0402

With over ten years of service at UC Berkeley, Sylvia enjoys building cross-campus strategic relationships that work to the benefit of our corporate and foundation partners, the university, and the broader community. Sylvia specializes in working with early career faculty on investigator awards and supporting Berkeley's STEM research ecosystem.

David M. Siegfried
Associate Director
dsiegfried@berkeley.edu
(510) 643-0461

David's work at CFR mostly involves the development of large campus-wide interdisciplinary proposals. He also manages a portfolio of foundations focused on education, equity and social justice issues and supervises the CFR research efforts. Prior to joining CFR in 2010 as the Sr. Research Analyst, David worked as a public high school teacher and community educator. He is a proud graduate of Bard College.

Karen Mui
Assistant Director
kmui@berkeley.edu
(510) 642-3780

Karen started her development career as a student assistant while attending Cal State East Bay. She eventually joined Santa Clara University’s Prospect Management and Analytics team, where she served for 3 years. Karen serves as the senior researcher and prospect development liaison. Karen works to collaborate with units across campus to explore funding and partnership opportunities and help with strategy development.

Nell Payne
Senior Operations Analyst
npayne@berkeley.edu
(510) 642-6635

Nell began her career in higher education over 20 years ago in the Financial Aid & Scholarships office at a small liberal arts college. While serving students and families in understanding their financial aid awards, Nell gained a deep knowledge of databases and honed her skills as a financial and technical analyst. Soon afterwards, the field of fundraising beckoned her and her unique combination of interpersonal service skills and technical abilities. Nell now works primarily with UDAR staff, department staff, principal investigators and donors to ensure funds are allocated and reported correctly. She also works to ensure organization record integrity in CADS.