Biodesign names new associate director of development

Biodesign names new associate director of development

August 7, 2018

August 7, 2018

Abby Elsener, who recently served as the assistant director of development for Health@ASU, has joined the Biodesign Institute as the associate director of development.

In her role as associate director of development, Elsener will collaborate with colleagues, volunteers and academic leaders to identify and cultivate philanthropic relationships that build upon the momentum in annual and planned giving. In partnership with the ASU Foundation and Biodesign Institute leadership, she will also develop strategies for securing investments that further progress Biodesign’s mission statement addressing critical global challenges.

Prior to joining Biodesign on July 31, Elsener’s work for the ASU Foundation focused on Health@ASU beginning in 2015, where she secured philanthropic resources for the College of Nursing & Health Innovation and the College of Health Solutions. Elsener has also worked in marketing and fundraising for the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and DC Central Kitchen in Washington, D.C.

“We are very grateful for the philanthropic investments we receive that help advance the mission of the Biodesign Institute and are thrilled with the increased giving we’ve received over the last few years,” said Joshua LaBaer, MD, PhD, executive director of ASU’s Biodesign Institute. According to LaBaer, “Abby’s professional experience and passion for helping donors achieve their philanthropic goals by contributing to scientific research make her a terrific addition to our Biodesign team.”

Elsener stated, “I am excited to join the efforts of the incredible team at the Biodesign Institute. I look forward to building upon the fantastic momentum underway in helping individuals and organizations connect their philanthropic passions to the ways Biodesign is revolutionizing our world.” 

Elsener holds a master’s degree in nonprofit leadership and management from ASU. She also received a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Furman University in South Carolina.

 

Written by: Jean Clare Sarmiento