External Relations and Development works to generate external support, particularly philanthropic support, for the strategic priorities of the School of Education. ER&D’s functions include development, communications and marketing, alumni relations, and government relations. ER&D supports the School’s academic programs, and its research, service, and outreach initiatives in a variety of ways, including:
Building philanthropic support through the direct efforts of ER&D staff, as well as by providing consultation to and support of the fundraising efforts of SOE faculty and staff
Working with SOE faculty and staff to communicate about their work to external and internal constituencies through print and electronic publications, as well as by facilitating contact with news media
Connecting SOE faculty and staff with people and organizations, including alumni, community members and potential funders, to foster collaboration and partnership in pursuit of shared goals
Barbara Celli joined the UC Davis School of Education in October 2016. As Executive Director of Development and External Relations, she manages the development and marketing/communications efforts for the School of Education. Most recently, Barbara was the Senior Director of Development and Partnerships at the UC Davis World Food Center. There she connected the interests of individuals, companies and foundations to philanthropic opportunities that advance healthy and sustainable food solutions.
Eva Guralnick joined the UC Davis School of Education in June 2015 as the Director of Marketing and Communications. As the chief marketing officer for the School she manages all branding and outreach efforts.
Sarah Harlan joined the UC Davis School of Education in August 2015 as Associate Director of Annual and Special Funds. With a career focused on higher education, she most recently served as Assistant Director of Alumni and Volunteer Services at the University of Southern Indiana. In that role, she managed operations of the office and developed opportunities for alumni, parents, students, and volunteers to remain connected and involved with the University.
Angela Reynolds joined the UC Davis School of Education in January 2015 as the Associate Director of Development. Most recently, Angela served as Director of Distinguished Giving at the American Cancer Society in Connecticut where she worked with individual donors, foundations, and large corporations. Prior to her development experience, Angela was a first officer pilot for a regional airline on the east coast. She received a BA in Communication Studies from Sacramento State University and holds several FAA pilot certifications.
Shaima Shafii joined the School of Education as the Development and External Relations Assistant on January 16, 2018. She is responsible for a wide range of administrative and coordinative duties, as well as working with the marketing and communications team at the School of Education. Previously, she worked for the California Association of Health Facilities, the Foundation for California Community Colleges and the United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO.