Regional Development

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The University of Minnesota Foundation has a team of regional development officers who travel to cities across the nation and Canada as representatives of the University. In their visits, they meet with alumni and friends who have an interest in making major gifts to support a particular campus, college, program, or special project.

If you would like to be contacted by one of our representatives, select your state and your designated Development Officer will appear below.

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Jackie Chandonnet

Regional Development Officer

Southwest Region

Jackie can be reached by phone at 626-1500 or 800-775-2187 or by email at jchandon@umn.edu

Jackie joined the University of Minnesota Foundation in August 2013 with a background in healthcare philanthropy. She previously worked as the executive director of the Bell Hospital Foundation in Michigan, where she established the foundation and led a capital campaign for a new hospital. She has worked in development and communications at a hospital foundation in Colorado, a social service agency in St. Paul, and has also done healthcare philanthropy consulting. Prior to fundraising, Jackie held roles as a television news anchor and reporter in Michigan. Jackie has a bachelor's in mass communications from the University of South Florida and a master's in public administration from Northern Michigan University.

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Evan Johnson

Director, Regional Development & Northeast Lead

Evan can be reached by phone at 612-626-6980 or 800-775-2187 or by email at evanj@umn.edu

Evan joined the University of Minnesota Foundation in January of 2013 after working at the University of Minnesota Law School's Office of Advancement for five and a half years. A native Minnesotan, Evan is excited to work with alumni and donors to support the University of Minnesota, which has played such an integral role in the history and economic vibrancy of the Twin Cities, Minnesota and the United States. The University of Minnesota alumni base is a passionate, philanthropic group, and Evan takes great pleasure in working with them to accomplish their philanthropic goals while advancing the mission of the University of Minnesota.

Evan holds a degree in English from the University of Minnesota's College of Liberal Arts.

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Steve Huls

Regional Development Officer

Central Region

Steve can be reached by phone at 612-624-1849 or by email at sjhuls@umn.edu

Steve joined the University of Minnesota Foundation in June 2015 after working for many years as an account manager in the medical device industry. He is a U of M graduate with a bachelor's degree in marketing and rhetoric communication. Steve was also a member of the U of M Baseball team, earning the title of Athlete of the Year in 1996. Being a recipient of an endowed scholarship while at the University of Minnesota, Steve has first-hand experience of the impact of philanthropy. He is excited to work with alumni and donors to support their philanthropic interests while advancing the mission of the University of Minnesota.

A native of Minnesota, Steve and his wife Eva have two wonderful children that love outdoor activities in the ever-changing seasons of Minnesota.

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Kristin Scott

Regional Development Officer

Southeast Region

Kristin can be reached by phone at 612-626-0188 or by email at klscott@umn.edu

Kristin joined the Regional Development team in December 2016 after serving as the director of the University of Minnesota Foundation's Leadership Annual Giving program. During her time with LAG, Kristin managed a team of 4 LAG officers responsible for securing leadership annual gifts and growing the major gift pipeline.

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Evan Johnson

Director, Regional Development & Northeast Lead

Evan can be reached by phone at 612-626-6980 or 800-775-2187 or by email at evanj@umn.edu

Evan joined the University of Minnesota Foundation in January of 2013 after working at the University of Minnesota Law School's Office of Advancement for five and a half years. A native Minnesotan, Evan is excited to work with alumni and donors to support the University of Minnesota, which has played such an integral role in the history and economic vibrancy of the Twin Cities, Minnesota and the United States. The University of Minnesota alumni base is a passionate, philanthropic group, and Evan takes great pleasure in working with them to accomplish their philanthropic goals while advancing the mission of the University of Minnesota.

Evan holds a degree in English from the University of Minnesota's College of Liberal Arts.

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Daniel Lee

Regional Development Officer

Northeast Region

Daniel can be reached by email at dtl@umn.edu

Daniel began his career in development as a volunteer student caller during his freshman year at Luther College​, where he majored in German​. Prior to his role at the U of M, ​he was a development officer at Columbia University in New York. Daniel is driven by connecting with passionate and generous alumni who are investing in the amazing things happening on our campus.​

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Justin Miedema

Regional Development Officer

Justin can be reached by phone at 612-624-4318 or by email at jmiedema@umn.edu

Justin joined the University of Minnesota Foundation in May 2016 after working as a major gifts officer in the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. Prior to that role, Justin was an annual giving officer at Foster, preceded by a role as program coordinator in annual giving at Seattle Pacific University. Justin received a B.S. in environmental design and M.Arch from North Dakota State University.