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Foundation and Research Relations Team


Thematic Expertise



Ashley Garcia
Executive Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations

Chancellor Strategic Initiatives
Vice Chancellor for Research Strategic Initiatives
Physics and Astronomy

Heising-Simons Foundation
Schmidt Futures
Simons Foundation
W.M. Keck Foundation


Kelli Fuhrman
Senior Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations


Bezos Earth Fund
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Paul G. Allen Family Foundation
Schmidt Sciences
Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation


Amanda Estrada
Director, Foundation and Research Relations

Converge Initiative
Arts & Culture
Gender Equity and Health
Social Justice
Cross-border Initiatives
Education Innovation
EDI (Strategic Initiatives)
Graduate Student Success

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Audacious Project
Ford Foundation
Lever for Change 
MacArthur Foundation
Mellon Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Spencer Foundation
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
William T. Grant Foundation


Leila Adler
Director, Foundation and Research Relations

UC San Diego Young Investigator Program
Faculty Engagement and Development
Climate and Human Health
Engineering, Technology and Innovation
Data Science, AI and Machine Learning
Public Policy
Global Diplomacy

Betty and Gordon Moore Foundation
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation
Pew Charitable Trust
David and Lucille Packard Foundation
Searle Scholars Program
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Foundation for Food and Agriculture



Qinglan Huang
Director, Foundation and Research Relations

Cardiovascular Disease
Healthy Aging
Engineering and Medicine
Drug Discovery
Rare Disease Mitigation

Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation
American Diabetes Association
American Heart Association
Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network
Breakthrough Prize Foundation
Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation
Kidney Cancer Association
Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance
Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation
National Pancreas Foundation
Larry L. Hillblom Foundation
Tower Cancer Research Foundation


Caitlin Kosec
Director, Foundation and Research Relations

Health Equity 
Infant and Maternal Health
Student Support
Community and Academic Partnerships
State and Regional Impact
Special Initiatives 

Alliance Healthcare Foundation
Dr. Seuss Foundation
Gerber Foundation
Hearst Foundations
Las Patronas
March of Dimes Foundation
Research Corporation for Science Advancement
San Diego Foundation


Marisa Nolan
Development Assistant, Corporate and Foundation Relations

Funding Opportunities Pipeline
Faculty Funding Forums
Donor Relations and Stewardship