UCLA School of Law has named Anthony Escobar the school's new Associate Dean for External Affairs. In that role, Escobar leads UCLA Law's External Affairs team in donor relations, alumni relations, annual fund and major gifts to support the school's students, faculty and academic programs. He joined the school on Feb. 12, 2018.
Escobar previously spent more than 20 years as a fundraising professional at universities and non-profit organizations in New York. Most recently, Escobar served as executive director of development and interim chief development officer at WNET, a leading public television station in New York. In those roles, Escobar co-led a team of more 70 development, marketing and communications professionals, playing a vital role in the organization's success in raising more than $90 million in 2017.
He previously served as a major gift officer at Cornell University's College of Engineering, helping to raise more than $30 million a year and launch new programs and an expansion of the school. Earlier in his career, he was director of development, planning and administration for NYU's Polytechnic Institute and assistant director of alumni relations at NYU's Steinhardt School of Education.
His broad experience has included fundraising work with individual donors, corporations and institutions; development of advisory boards; designing and launching alumni relations and alumni outreach initiatives; creating new awards programs and alumni-related events; and overseeing marketing and communications staff. He earned his bachelor's degree from NYU.
"We are delighted Anthony has joined the law school," said Dean Jennifer L. Mnookin. "He and I are working closely with alumni and other donors to provide much-needed support for our students, advance our curriculum and clinical offerings, and attract and retain top faculty. Anthony is already hard at work on several important initiatives."
Escobar is spearheading the school's fundraising efforts as part of the Centennial Campaign for UCLA, the university's $4.2 billion campaign to prepare for a second century of excellence.