Keith Brant

Vice President

It's what you learn after you know it all that counts. — John Wooden


Keith Brant, Vice President, has led advancement teams at distinguished higher education institutions for more than 30 years in all areas of advancement, including development, alumni engagement, marketing, advocacy, special events, and advancement services. He has created strategies for ambitious major campaigns that have exceeded goals, directed programs through transitions, and led efforts to enhance the technology and systems of advancement programs.

As the Vice Chancellor, University Relations at the University of California, Santa Cruz, he directed a team of 110 professionals across all areas of advancement and executed growth programs, including the completion of the Campaign for UC Santa Cruz—the University’s first fundraising campaign—which exceeded its $300 million goal by $35 million. Under his leadership, the Campaign engaged more than 63,000 donors, doubling both the number of endowed faculty chairs and the size of the campus endowment.

At Saint Mary’s College of California, he served as the Vice President, Development, where he oversaw a team of 35 alumni and development and advancement professionals and served as a member of the president’s cabinet. He elevated Saint Mary’s fundraising and initiated new volunteer and alumni engagement opportunities.

Keith served as the Vice Chancellor, External Relations for the University of California, San Diego, where he headed the offices of development, communications and marketing, alumni relations, advocacy, information technology, finance, and special events. In this role, he oversaw fundraising during the final phase of a $1 billion comprehensive campaign and launched a comprehensive review of the alumni relations program, resulting in a plan to expand and decentralize alumni engagement throughout the campus.

As Executive Director of the UCLA Alumni Association, Keith served as CEO of one of the nation’s largest and most diverse alumni organizations. He led a team of 50 full-time staff developing programs, volunteers, and marketing efforts for 350,000 constituents. Keith also provided strategic advice and counsel to the chancellor, provost, vice chancellors, deans, and the campus community on alumni relations. He collaborated with campus colleagues on executing Campaign UCLA, which raised $3.1 billion, the most ever by a public university at that time.

Keith earned his Bachelor of Arts in Film & Television, Master of Arts in Higher Education, and Ph.D., Higher Education, from the University of California, Los Angeles.

  • Brown University
  • Filoli Historic House & Garden
  • Georgia State University
  • NAF
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Pomona College
  • University of California, Berkely- Simon Institute
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Melbourne
  • Wichita State University

Areas of Expertise
  • Advancement Integration
  • Alumni Engagement
  • Board and Volunteer Management
  • Campaign Planning
  • Fundraising Training
  • Higher Education
  • Leadership Annual Giving
  • Major and Principal Gift Strategy
  • Strategic Planning

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