Leadership


Lynette Marshall

President and Chief Executive Officer

Lynette Marshall is proud to serve as president and chief executive officer of the University of Iowa Center for Advancement, an organization that combines two longstanding institutions—the UI Foundation and the UI Alumni Association. Lynette leads the organization’s mission to advance the University of Iowa through engagement and philanthropy. During her tenure, the UI Foundation experienced record performance and growth and became a national leader in creating a campus culture of philanthropy. In 2016, the UI completed For Iowa. Forever More., the largest fundraising campaign in the history of the university and the state of Iowa, raising more than $1.975 billion and exceeding the initial goal by $275 million.

Lynette joined the organization in 2006 and provides leadership to several national groups, including the Association of Governing Boards, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and she currently serves as dean of the Big Ten Fundraisers Institute (BTFRI). Lynette served 25 years in fundraising at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, including her final two as associate chancellor for development. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural science and a master’s in educational policy studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Lynette grew up on a fifth-generation family farm near Peoria, Illinois. She and her husband, Jeffery Ford, have two adult children, Michael and Katharine.


Tiffani Shaw

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

As executive vice president and chief operating officer, Tiffani oversees the organization’s operations—Finance, Information Technology, Investments, Facilities Management, Legal, Talent Management, Data Analytics, and Prospect Development. She joined the organization in 1997 as controller and chief financial officer. She has also served as chair of the National Advisory Board for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Prior to coming to the UI, Tiffani was a public accountant with McGladrey & Pullen, LLP. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from the University of Iowa and is a Certified Public Accountant.


Sheila Baldwin

Vice President for Health Sciences Development

As vice president for Health Sciences Development, Sheila oversees fundraising for the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and the Colleges of Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health, as well as University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and UI Stead Family Children's Hospital. Raising funds for the UI since 1999, Baldwin has served in several positions in medical development—most recently as development leader for UI Stead Family Children's Hospital. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the UI Henry B. Tippie College of Business and, as a student, she was a founding member of UI Dance Marathon.


Kent Clark

Vice President for Main Campus Development

As vice president for Main Campus Development, Kent oversees fundraising for the UI Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, the UI Henry B. Tippie College of Business, and Graduate College, as well as the Colleges of Law, Engineering, Education, and Liberal Arts and Sciences. He also supervises fundraising for various university programs, including UI libraries, the UI Museum of Art, Hancher Auditorium, the Office of Student Affairs, and International Programs. Before joining the organization in 2015, Kent served in advancement executive roles at Minnesota State University, Mankato; California State University, Fresno; and Utah State University. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural economics from Michigan State University and a master’s in biblical studies from Cincinnati Christian University.


Erin Thomas-Lewis

Vice President of Alumni and Donor Engagement

As vice president of Alumni and Donor Engagement, Erin oversees the Office of Alumni Engagement, Stewardship and Donor Events, Communications and Marketing, and Annual Giving. Before she joined the organization in 2008, Erin worked in the President’s Office at Georgia State University as well as Emory University’s Goizueta Business School in Atlanta, Georgia. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications studies/speech communication from the University of Georgia and a Master’s in Public Administration from Georgia State University.


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