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Leti McNeill LightExecutive Director, Principal Gifts & Strategic Initiatives

Leti McNeill Light is a leader in transformational higher education philanthropic partnerships, often in the form of cross-cutting, multidisciplinary initiatives.

As Executive Director, Principal Gifts & Strategic Initiatives at UC Berkeley, Leti and her team collaborate with a wide range of academic and program leaders, and work with the world’s leading philanthropists to achieve their vision through partnerships with the university. Over the last 20 years, Leti has led philanthropic development efforts at Cornell University, UCLA, and now UC Berkeley.

Leti is also the President of SIGAP, the Strategic Initiatives Group for Advancement Professionals. SIGAP is a national community organized by and for fundraising professionals dedicated to securing transformational support for large-scale institutional priorities, interdisciplinary research initiatives, institutes, and centers. In addition to serving on the board for Coro Northern California, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Headlands Center for the Arts.