Kristine D. Calara, M.B.A.
Associate Vice President for University Advancement
Kristine D. Calara is the associate vice president for University Advancement with over 16 years of fundraising experience at higher education institutions and has served the university over the past ten years. As the associate vice president, she has worked with the vice president to lead and manage the advancement team to accomplish record-breaking fundraising years. Prior to being promoted to her current role, she served as the very first director of development for Cal Lutheran’s Graduate School of Education where she initiated and implemented a successful fund development program for the school, obtained a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a new academic program, and worked effectively with three different deans over the span of six years. She spearheaded the Graduate School of Education and the School of Management silver anniversary fund campaign that established two endowed graduate student fellowships.
Kristine began her advancement career working in various fundraising capacities ranging from annual giving to major giving over six years at The Scripps Research Institute, a private biomedical research institution with doctoral programs in chemistry and biology in La Jolla, California.
Kristine obtained a Master of Arts in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from UCLA. She pursues lifelong learning by participating in professional development programs such as the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce's 2011-2012 Leadership Conejo program, APAHE's 2014 Leadership Development Program in Higher Education, and CASE's 2015 Minority Advancement Institute. She continues her passion for education outside of her profession by serving on the board of the Conejo Schools Foundation as well as a volunteer for the National Charity League and her children’s schools.
She also enjoys hiking, traveling, planning events and being outdoors.