Big Ten Fund Raisers Institute

A Premier Forum for Development Leaders

Big Ten Fund Raisers Institute—Faculty


Lynette L. Marshall

Dean, BTFRI; President and CEO, The University of Iowa Center for Advancement

Lynette Marshall is the president and CEO of the University of Iowa Center for Advancement, which is the new organization that combines the UI Foundation and UI Alumni Association. The UI Foundation recently completed the largest fundraising campaign in the history of the University of Iowa and the state of Iowa, exceeding its $1.7 billion campaign goal by $275 million. In her more than decade of service at Iowa, the UI Foundation has experienced record performance and growth and has become a national leader in creating a campus culture of philanthropy.    

In addition to serving as dean of the Big Ten Fund Raisers Institute, Marshall provides leadership to several national organizations, including the Association of Governing Boards and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). She was honored with the 2017 CASE Institutionally Related Foundation Commonfund Award.


Bruce W. Flessner

Vice President, The American University in Cairo

Bruce Flessner has been one of the nation’s leading philanthropic voices for over forty years. He began his development career at Kalamazoo College in Michigan before joining the development team at the University of Minnesota, where he rose to become the Vice President for Development at the University of Minnesota Foundation.

For the past thirty years, Flessner has consulted with colleges, universities, and academic medical centers in Asia, Europe, Africa, and North America. He has worked with hundreds of clients, including the largest public university campaigns in the nation. 

Flessner is a recognized expert on new wealth philanthropy and has been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Star Tribune, Dallas Star, Detroit Free Press, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Chronicle of Higher Education, and many other major newspapers. He has served on the board of the Council on Foundation’s New Ventures in Philanthropy. He is the first male to ever serve on the council of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Lilly School of Philanthropy.

He is a baseball fan.


Rhea Turteltaub

Vice Chancellor, External Affairs, UCLA

Rhea Turteltaub was appointed the UCLA Vice Chancellor, External Affairs in March 2008. She oversees a diverse, yet integrated department of over 500 staff comprised of Development, Alumni Affairs, Government & Community Relations, Advancement Services, the UCLA Alumni Association, and the UCLA Foundation. She is actively leading UCLA’s $4.2 billion Centennial Campaign, which was the nation’s largest public university fundraising drive when it launched  in May of 2014.  She is also working with campus leadership in preparation for the University’s 100th anniversary to be celebrated between May 2019 – June 2020.   

Rhea has served UCLA since and has had management responsibility for one of the most dynamic development programs of its kind. Campaign UCLA, completed in 2005, generated a record-setting $3.052 billion. In the course of UCLA’s Centennial Campaign, the campus has averaged more than $651 million in annual private support.


Alison Traub

Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations, University of Cambridge

Alison joined the University of Cambridge in 2013 as Executive Director, Development and Alumni Relations. She is responsible for carrying forward the University’s philanthropic agenda, which includes leading the £2billion fundraising Campaign for the University and Colleges of Cambridge and expanding and enhancing the Alumni and Supporter relations programme.  In 2019, Alison led the team and secured the largest single gift to a UK organisation by a UK national, a £100m gift from the Claudia and David Harding Foundation.

Alison has worked in education development for 30 years and previously has held senior roles in the USA.  Alison led a $3bn campaign for the University of Virginia where she was Associate Vice-President for Development.  Prior to this she completed a $25m six-year campaign two years ahead of schedule as Director of Development for the Brady Urological Institute at Johns Hopkins University, where she oversaw an increase in giving from $1m to $11m annually.


David A. Lively

Senior Associate Vice President and Campaign Manager, Alumni Relations and Development, Northwestern University

With 24 years of experience in higher education advancement, David Lively has directed successful development strategies across five comprehensive fundraising campaigns. Lively joined Northwestern University in January 2012 and in his current role manages We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern, a $3.75 billion University-wide fundraising campaign. Additionally, he oversees a team of 60 development professionals responsible for principal gifts, regional and international major gifts (including offices in New York and San Francisco), gift planning, and campaign planning.  

Prior to joining Northwestern, Lively served as vice president of development at DePaul University. During his nine-year tenure at DePaul, Lively held several positions, including senior director of development at the Driehaus College of Business. Before moving to DePaul, he worked as director of annual giving and director of law development at the University of Denver.  

Lively previously worked at Northwestern in the late-1990s, serving as associate director of development at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law during the University’s previous campaign. He began his development career in 1994 at the University of Colorado Foundation, Inc. as the assistant phone-a-thon director in the office of annual giving.  

Lively earned a bachelor's degree in history from Southern Methodist University (SMU), a master's degree in history from Colorado State University, an MBA from the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business, and a certificate from the Management Development Program (MDP) at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. In April 2017, he authored Managing Major Gift Fundraisers: A Contrarian’s Guide (published by CASE).