Development & External Relations
Peterson joins the GSM at UC Davis with 15 years of experience in higher education and K-12 alumni relations, advancement, and student affairs. She served for nine years at UCLA as the Director of Student Outreach and Engagement, running a team of staff and volunteers in student leadership development and alumni relations programming. She then led the alumni relations department for The Buckley School, an independent K-12 in Sherman Oaks.
Lana Watts brings more than 10 years of fundraising and business development experience to the Graduate School of Management. Most recently, she served for more than six years with the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas where she worked as a development officer responsible for corporate workplace campaigns. Watts’s role allowed her to cultivate relationships with United Way’s loyal donors and major donors while increasing their interest and involvement with organization.
Supports all members of the External Relations and Development unit. Responsibilities include preparing informational packets, data entry, coordinating large mailings, correspondence and assisting with events.
Responsible for the planning and implementation of executive education programs, academic conferences, and events school-wide.
Leigh Ann Hartman joined the Graduate School of Management as the Senior Director of Development in June 2012 and was promoted to Executive Director in July 2015. As leader of the Development and External Relations team, she is responsible for building and fostering relationships with GSM alumni, business partners, donors and friends of the University in an effort to strengthen the GSM network, increase public awareness of the School’s programs, and secure the maximum amount of private financial support in order to meet the School’s goals.