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President's Letter to the Community

Staffing Announcement: Vice President for Institutional Advancement

September 21, 2016


I am pleased to report that Spelman College has named Jessie Brooks as vice president for Institutional Advancement. Jessie, who currently serves as senior development director at University of California San Diego, Scripps Oceanography Institute will join us on November 7, 2016.

I take this opportunity to recognize the stellar work of Institutional Advancement's leadership team, the Administrative Management Group (AMG), composed of Shelese Lane, Cassandra Joseph and Faye Ainsworth. All three not only continued to manage major gifts, they provided leadership to Institutional Advancement during a period of transition that enabled Spelman to maintain its fundraising momentum.
Jessie's bio is provided below.

Mary Schmidt Campbell

Jessie Brooks
Jessie Brooks served as senior director of development at UC San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, for five years starting in July 2011.  Jessie’s role focused on securing major and principal gifts to support oceanographic and environmental initiatives. During his time at Scripps Oceanography, he helped secure funds for the Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine and the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation. Specific key fundraising projects included securing funding for a new Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy System, a 100 Island Challenge, and fellowships for graduate students at Scripps Oceanography.

Prior to working at Scripps Oceanography, Jessie spent eight years at San Diego State University (SDSU) in several key development positions including associate vice president for development, and senior director of development for the College of Health and Human Services and the College of Sciences.  During his time at SDSU, the university initiated a $500M comprehensive campaign.  As associate vice president, Jessie managed the fundraising team and associated development operations.  Two key fundraising initiatives that Jessie helped fund — working closely with the dean of the College of Sciences and the dean of the College of Health and Human Services — were the Donald P. Shiley Bioscience Center and the Sharp Healthcare Human Patient Simulator.

Jessie’s previous development work history includes raising major gifts at UC San Diego for the Division of Biological Sciences, as well as corporate and foundation relations positions at both the University of Washington, College of Engineering, and the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Before entering development, Jessie worked in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the U.S. Department of Energy as a safeguards engineer on defense and energy related projects.  A native of New Mexico, Jessie received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

Jessie is a current member of the Association of Fundraising Professions (AFP) San Diego Chapter and a past board member, serving in several different positions over an eight-year period, including secretary and also vice president of membership.  He is a 2014 graduate of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Minority Advancement Institute.   He served on the Planning Committee for the CASE Conference on Diverse Philanthropy and Leadership in 2015 and 2016.  Jessie is a certified fund raising executive. He is currently a member of the San Diego Uptown Rotary Club, and a past board member of Mental Health America-San Diego.

Jessie was honored as a 2015 Diversity Champion as a part of UC San Diego’s Annual Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Awards Program. This program honors staff, faculty, students, departments, and organizational units or groups that make outstanding contributions in the areas of equal opportunity, affirmative action, diversity, and the UCSD Principles of Community during the year.