Alumni Relations and Development (ARD) is dedicated to advancing the mission of the University as a premier research and teaching institution. Guided by the University’s strategic priorities, ARD nurtures lifelong, mutually beneficial relationships with alumni, parents, friends, and organizations that result in volunteer engagement and philanthropic support.
In our daily work, we maintain a commitment to strengthening partnerships across the University community and to providing service through communication, collaboration, and leadership in the field of development. In all things, we continue to support the goal of the founders: to create a university of “the highest order of excellence.”
Robert McQuinn, Vice President
Bob McQuinn was named vice president for Alumni Relations and Development at Northwestern University in October 2010. Bob is a veteran development leader with more than 20 years of experience covering six comprehensive campaigns.
From 2003 until joining Northwestern, he served as associate vice president for development at the California Institute of Technology and then acting vice president for development and alumni relations, overseeing the 70-member development and alumni relations team and supporting three trustee committees. During his tenure, Caltech successfully completed its comprehensive campaign, there’s only one.caltech, which surpassed $1.4 billion in private support.
Prior to Caltech, McQuinn served as associate vice president for development at Williams College, where he planned and launched the Climb Far campaign that eventually resulted in more than $500 million in gifts and commitments. Before Williams, he served as senior associate dean for development and public affairs for the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences and as director of development for the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. He also has held senior development positions at Whittier College and at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. Prior to his development career, he worked in the financial services industry, most recently as a corporate banker for First Chicago Corp.
McQuinn holds both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California. He and his wife, Christine, have three children, Andrew, Breanna, and Julie.
David Lively, Associate Vice President and Campaign Manager
With more than 21 years of experience in higher education advancement, David Lively has directed successful development strategies across five comprehensive fundraising campaigns. Lively was appointed associate vice president of alumni relations and development and campaign manager at Northwestern University in January 2015. In this role he manages We Will. The Campaign
for Northwestern, a $3.75 billion University-wide fundraising initiative, also overseeing principal gifts, major gifts, and gift planning. Lively previously served for three years as associate vice president for schools and programs at Northwestern, where he led a team of fundraisers for six undergraduate schools and several key programs, including athletics and
recreation, student affairs, the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, University Library, corporate engagement, and foundation relations.
Prior to joining Northwestern, Lively served as vice president of development at DePaul University, where he oversaw a development operation that executed a $250 million comprehensive campaign—the university’s first in more than two decades. Under his leadership, the development team increased annual fundraising commitments from a four-year average of $12 million to an
average of more than $37 million (from 2007 to 2011). During his nine-year tenure at DePaul, Lively also led development efforts for the Driehaus College of Business and for athletics.
Before moving to DePaul, Lively worked as director of annual giving and director of law development at the University of Denver. Lively previously worked at Northwestern in the 1990s, serving as associate director of development at the School of Law during the University’s previous campaign. He began his development career at the University of Colorado Foundation, Inc.
as the phone-a-thon director in the annual giving operation.
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, and a certificate from the Management Development Program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. An active volunteer, he has served on SMU’s alumni board. Lively is married
to Elizabeth Gillette, senior director of major gifts at Lincoln Park Zoo. They have two daughters.
Karyn Reif, Associate Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Karyn Reif joined Alumni Relations and Development in January 2012 as associate vice president and chief operating officer. She is a member of ARD’s senior management group and oversees the division’s strategies and programs for developing human, financial, and technology resources. Reif has 25 years of experience in alumni relations and development, as a front-line fundraiser, a manager of front-line staff, and as a leader of administration and operations.
Prior to joining Northwestern, Reif served as associate vice president for Rush University Medical Center, where she was an integral member of the leadership team during Rush’s most recent fundraising campaign. Before that, Reif was director of development at Rush, managing a team of development officers during Rush’s previous campaign.
Earlier in her development career, Reif worked at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, first as director of Annual Giving and then as director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, and also for the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago. Reif earned her BA from Grinnell College and an MA from the University of Chicago.
Alan Krensky, Executive for Development, Northwestern Medicine, Vice Dean for Development and Alumni Relations, Feinberg School of Medicine
Dr. Alan Krensky attended the University of Pennsylvania for undergraduate and medical school. He went on to Boston Children’s Hospital to serve a residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in nephrology. He also completed a fellowship in immunology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
After a year on the Harvard faculty, he moved to Stanford for 23 years, where he served as associate dean for children’s health, associate chair for research (Pediatrics), and the Shelagh Galligan Professor of Pediatrics.
During his time at Stanford, Dr. Krensky helped to raise more than $500 million for the Children’s Health Initiative, which he authored and directed. He moved to the National Institutes of Health in 2007, where he served as deputy director and was responsible for the Roadmap for Medical Research as director of the Office of Portfolio Analysis and Strategic Initiatives while maintaining a research laboratory in the National Cancer Institute. He joined Northwestern in 2012 to help develop the fundraising campaign for Northwestern Medicine and the Feinberg School of Medicine.
Dr. Krensky has published more than 280 scientific papers and chapters and holds 12 patents. He has been recognized with research awards from the American Heart Association, American Society of Nephrology, National Kidney Foundation, American Society of Transplantation, American Society of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics, Society for Pediatric Research, American Academy of Pediatrics, March of Dimes, and Burroughs Wellcome. He received a MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health and is a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation and Association of American Physicians. He served as president of the Society of Pediatric Research and secretary-treasurer of the American Society of Nephrology.
Eric Lundstedt, Associate Dean for Development, Kellogg School of Management
Before joining the Kellogg School of Management, Eric Lundstedt was the Associate Dean for External Relations at the University of Chicago Law School. At Chicago Law, he revitalized and oversaw the development and alumni affairs activities of the school as part of its $175 million comprehensive campaign. Prior to Chicago Law, he was Assistant Dean for Development at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Eric has also worked in development and alumni relations roles at Stanford Law School, Yale University, and the University of San Francisco. He has also spent time in high-technology startups, management consulting, and the U.S. Army in which he served as a Second Lieutenant. Eric is a graduate of the U.S. Army ROTC and Yale University with a B.A. in Philosophy, a husband and father to three elementary school children, and a rabid New England Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, and Boston Bruins fan.