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  • Anne O’Donnell

    Senior Executive Director, Corporate Relations


    Phone: (858) 822-5963


    With 20 years of experience building impactful corporate relations programs, Anne leads a team developing central holistic corporate relationships across campus for industry access to innovation, talent, education and partnerships. She works closely with university leadership, faculty and staff across campus, including research centers, to connect industry needs to university resources.

    Prior to this role, Anne led the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering corporate engagement programs as the director of the Corporate Affiliates Program (CAP), a program providing more than 75 high-tech and life science member companies with access to faculty, research and students. Later, she became the executive director of Corporate Research Partnerships where she built the dean’s agile research centers, leveraging multidisciplinary faculty teams on projects highly relevant to industry.

    An alumna of Mount Holyoke College, Anne earned a master’s in public policy and a master’s in theology at Harvard University. Anne currently serves on the Board of Directors for University-Industry Demonstration Partners (UIDP) and as the Membership Committee co-chair, and is a member of the National Association of Corporate Relations Officers (NACRO). Anne is an International Coach Federation (ICF)-certified professional leadership coach and a mom to five kids.

  • Carolyn Wheeler

    Director of Development, Corporate Relations



    Carolyn engages companies to match talent and make research connections working with cross campus partners to build and steward programs for UC San Diego with industry partners.

    Prior to joining UC San Diego, Carolyn held various fundraising roles for San Diego State University’s (SDSU) College of Sciences, Fowler College of Business, and College of Engineering. She also worked closely with the Division of Research and Innovation to cultivate corporate partnerships for SDSU Mission Valley. She excels at cross campus collaboration and enjoys working on innovative gifts, including the first donor supported campus therapy dog and establishing a new cybersecurity certificate program.

    Originally from Chicago, Carolyn began her career at DePaul University before moving to southeast Asia to coordinate opening an international school in Bangkok. Carolyn returned to the US and earned her MBA specializing in finance at SDSU. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. In her free time, Carolyn enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her daughter and cheering on her husband who coaches the UC San Diego Tritons Club ice hockey team.

  • Madison Lyle

    Development Assistant, Corporate Relations