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. McQuinn is a veteran development leader with more than 20 years of experience leading seven major fundraising campaigns, including We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern.
Under McQuinn’s leadership, the $3.75-billion “We Will” Campaign officially launched in March 2014 and is ahead of schedule in dollars raised and the number of participating benefactors. The Alumni Relations and Development team has engaged a global network of donors and volunteers to fund the bold ambitions of Northwestern’s strategic plan. Several historic gifts are already transforming the student experience as well as biomedical research, the arts, athletics and recreation, international studies, law, and other Northwestern strategic initiatives. In addition to garnering well over 100,000 benefactors, the University has received four nine-figure gifts.
From 2003 until joining Northwestern, McQuinn 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 over $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 22 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 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. From January 2012 to January 2015 Lively served as associate vice president of alumni relations and development 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 libraries, corporate engagement, and foundation relations.
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 and director of special gifts. 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 prior campaign. He began his development career at the University of Colorado Foundation, Inc. as the 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, and an MBA from the University of Denver.
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 team and oversees the division’s strategies and programs for human, financial, and technology resources. One of her primary charges was to build and oversee the department’s talent management program during the University’s multi-billion-dollar fundraising campaign. Since April 2015 Reif also oversees the alumni engagement and participation program, providing strategic leadership for the Northwestern Alumni Association, reunions and annual giving teams.
Reif has more than 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 administrative services and operations. Prior to joining Northwestern, Reif served as associate vice president of philanthropy for Rush University Medical Center where she was an integral member of the leadership team during Rush’s successful fundraising campaign that ended in 2012. 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 and also for the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago. Reif earned her BA from Grinnell College and MA from the University of Chicago.
Julie Allen, Associate Vice President, Schools and Programs
In May 2015, Julie Allen joined Alumni Relations and Development as associate vice president. As a member of ARD’s senior leadership team, Allen works with the deans of schools and programs and University vice presidents in setting and realizing their goals for the “We Will” Campaign. She leads fundraising teams for the schools in Evanston that confer Northwestern’s undergraduate degrees, as well as for athletics, Block Museum, interdisciplinary research centers, the University Library, School of Professional Studies, and the student life/scholarships programs. Allen also oversees corporate and foundation fundraising programs.
Before joining ARD, Allen worked for seven years as the director of major gifts and as campaign director and director of principal gifts at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, located on the Evanston campus. In these roles, she helped raise more than $200 million in support of Kellogg’s campaign. She also played an integral role in growing Kellogg’s principal gifts efforts. Allen worked closely with Kellogg Dean Sally Blount and served as the staff liaison for Kellogg’s Campaign Steering Committee.
Previously, Allen was at Duke University, serving as director of development for Trinity College of Arts & Sciences. She solicited and closed major gifts while also managing the major gifts team. Allen began her development career at the University of Chicago, working in the office of annual giving for seven years. Allen earned her bachelor’s degree in public policy studies from the University of Chicago. She lives in Evanston with her husband, Michael Allen, associate professor of history in the Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences, and their two children.
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.
Ragan D. R. Royal, Managing Director, Major Gifts, Kellogg School of Management
Ragan Royal joined the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern in February 2017 as the managing director of major gifts. In this role, she leads a team of professionals who partner with alumni and friends to support Kellogg and the University community philanthropically.
With nearly 20 years of higher education advancement and alumni relations experience, Royal has wide-ranging expertise in annual and major giving, campaign fundraising, and strategic planning. Before joining the Kellogg School of Management, Royal served as the associate vice president of development at the University of Maryland University College. She also held leadership roles at Tuskegee University; Syracuse University, during its first $1 billion campaign; Howard; and Michigan State University.
Royal earned her bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Wayne State University and master’s degree in philanthropic studies from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.
Daren Batke, Associate Dean, Alumni Relations and Development, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Daren Batke joined the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in 2015 as associate dean of external relations, where he leads a team of professionals in the areas of alumni engagement, donor relations, and institutional development and advancement. At the Law School, he works to create engagement opportunities for alumni and external partners, enhance collaboration across departments, and build relationships with alumni, donors, and friends.
With more than 16 years of higher education advancement and alumni relations experience, Batke has wide-ranging expertise in annual and major giving programs, campaign fundraising, and strategic planning. Before joining Northwestern Law, Batke served as the interim associate dean of external affairs and executive director of development at the University of Chicago Law School and as the senior regional director of major giving for the University of Michigan Law School, among other development roles at the University of Michigan and The College of Wooster.
Batke holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and communication studies from The College of Wooster and a master’s degree in higher education and public policy from the University of Michigan. He hopes to finish his doctoral work in organizational behavior and management in higher education from the University of Michigan, where his research interests explore the intersection of divisional responsibilities and institutional purpose.