Mark D Kelleher

Mark Kelleher


As a student, Mark frequently volunteered with development office projects at his alma mater, Saint Anselm College. “I really admired how these professionals seemed critical to shaping an organization’s future – physically and programmatically.” This formative engagement with the power of philanthropy produced a life-long commitment to “helping realize solutions to address today’s education and health challenges, especially where they intersect with assisting marginalized communities.”

As a development professional, Mark endeavors positively impact organizations’ capacity to create and improve systems for leveraging their talent and to optimize mission-driven growth. As the associate vice president in charge of development for San Francisco State University, he helped design and manage a successful $150 million campaign, as well as leading the expansion of a comprehensive development operations unit. Prior to his time at SF State, Mark also served with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) for nearly a decade as a major gifts fundraiser and a corporate and foundation relations director where he contributed to the success of UCSF’s $1.6 billion campaign.

As a consultant, Mark believes in not reinventing the wheel. “I love sharing and adapting proven best practices with client colleagues to strengthen their organizations.” In this way, he pragmatically and effectively collaborates with universities, medical centers, and other nonprofit organizations. He specializes in fundraising on all levels; campaign strategy and management; corporate and foundation relations, including industry partnerships and grant writing; interim management; and launching and expanding new organizations and new programs within organizations. He also offers extensive experience in advancement services, including data and operations management; and prospect identification, qualification, and management.

Throughout his career, Mark has known the profound satisfaction of volunteering his time to assist many health and wellness, prevention, clinical, and youth-focused organizations with increasing support and related policy development, including: San Francisco Human Rights Commission (mayoral appointment), Academy of Friends, Strut, Plan C San Francisco, UCSF Tobacco Research and Education Center, and WiRED International.