Mark Stuart

President & CEO, San Diego Foundation

Mark Stuart is a fundraising and community building professional with nearly 30 years of experience in all aspects of operations and leadership. As president and CEO of San Diego Foundation, he reports to and collaborates with the Board of Governors and is responsible for developing and managing relationships with a wide range of stakeholders as well as for the operating health of the Foundation.

Stuart’s career has been devoted to helping donors realize their hopes, dreams and aspirations. Prior to joining the Foundation worked at San Diego Zoo Global (SDZG), including development, membership, and government and community relations. Under his leadership, SDZG raised $530 million in its first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign.

Stuart also served as the founding president of the Foundation for San Diego Zoo Global. He worked with the Board of Directors to fuel the vision for highly impactful programs like San Diego Zoo Kids TV channel, Wild Heroes for military veterans, and Teacher Workshops in Conservation Science.

Stuart was associate dean of development and alumni relations for the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. He is also an internationally recognized expert on the art and science of fundraising, and a frequent presenter and lecturer on fundraising at national and regional conferences, as well as at San Diego State University and National University’s Sanford Institute of Philanthropy. He has been recognized as Outstanding Fundraising Professional by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, San Diego and achieved accreditation as a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE).  

Stuart received a master’s degree in educational administration with a focus on the support and evaluation of personnel from McDaniel College and a bachelor’s degree in English, political science and public service from Albion College.

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