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Northwestern opens West Coast office for alumni and development

New office in San Francisco to serve one of the University’s most dynamic alumni communities

SAN FRANCISCO --- Northwestern University has launched a presence in San Francisco to serve as a resource and meeting space for alumni, current and prospective students and their families, and other members of the University community living throughout the West Coast.

The West Coast regional office for alumni relations and development was ceremonially opened at an open house event Friday, Aug. 7, attended by President Morton Schapiro, Mimi Schapiro and other University officials, including Kerry McCartney, recently named the office’s executive director. 

“It’s only fitting that one of most innovative and dynamic universities in the world has a physical presence in one of the most innovative and dynamic cities in the world,” alumnus Adam Karr told attendees. An active Northwestern volunteer, Karr serves as co-chair for participation for We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern and co-chairs the campaign’s San Francisco regional effort.

“With more alumni living on the West Coast and more applicants to the University coming from this region, it makes sense for us to have a fully staffed office in this part of the country,” he said.

Located at 44 Montgomery St., Suite 1250, in the heart of the city’s bustling Financial District, the 3,500-square-foot office will serve as a home base for five University employees who work in the region. The office also will provide temporary work and meeting space for Northwestern staff and administrators who travel to the area, which has a growing community of Northwestern alumni, parents and friends.

California is home to approximately 27,000 Northwestern alumni and 1,400 current students.

McCartney, an experienced higher education fundraiser from the University of California, Santa Barbara, joined Northwestern last fall.

“I’m honored to be heading efforts to grow Northwestern’s presence on the West Coast,” McCartney said. “I look forward to getting to know and work with members of the University community who live and work in this diverse and important region of our country.”

The West Coast office will host small gatherings, meetings of the Northwestern University Leadership Circle and other volunteer groups, small alumni club gatherings and visits with benefactors and volunteers.

“Our West Coast office will help forge more effective Northwestern connections in California by rallying our existing network of alumni, parents and friends around the exciting ambitions being realized through We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern,” said Robert McQuinn, vice president for alumni relations and development at Northwestern.

The San Francisco office is Northwestern’s second regional office for alumni relations and development to open. The University’s New York office recently celebrated its 10th anniversary with the appointment of new executive director Jon Derek Croteau.

We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern

The $3.75 billion University-wide fundraising campaign was announced in March 2014. The funds raised through the campaign will help realize the transformational vision set forth in Northwestern’s strategic plan and solidify the University’s position among the world’s leading research universities. More information on We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern is available at

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