Welcome Cathy Akers, Associate Director of Development, Corporate and Foundation Relations

Please join us in welcoming Cathy Akers to the UCLA Library as Associate Director of Development, Corporate and Foundation Relations.Woman standing in garden

We asked Cathy a few questions about herself and her professional aspirations.

What goals do you have for this year?
Since starting the position in mid-September, it's been a pleasure to begin getting to know some of the Library staff and learn about their areas of expertise. In the coming months, I hope to help support the amazing work that they are doing by discovering areas of alignment with corporate and foundation supporters, hopefully establishing long-term partnerships in the process. I know I will be doing a lot of learning in the next year, which is exciting to me.

How has your prior experience prepared you for this role at the UCLA Library?
I've been working with foundation, government and corporate supporters for about 15 years at arts non-profits and colleges, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, CalArts, and most recently, Film Independent. One aspect of this work that I really enjoy is working with faculty and program leaders to help translate their program ideas and needs into compelling proposals to funders —which hopefully results in funding for their programs!

What projects will you be tackling first?
Right now, I'm working to understand the breadth and depth of the Library's programs and meet as many staff as possible to better understand their funding priorities. I'm also familiarizing myself with past Library funders to see if there are possible areas of alignment with our current programs, as well as researching new funders.

What are you currently reading/watching/listening to? and/or What do you like to do outside of work?
In addition to my work as a fundraiser, I'm also a practicing visual artist and I enjoy spending time in my garage studio. I mainly work with ceramics and I'm eagerly waiting for my first kiln to be delivered (hopefully soon, barring any more supply chain disruptions)! I also like going on hikes with my husband and 12-year-old daughter and watching episodes of first-generation Star Trek together.

We are delighted to have Cathy at the UCLA Library. You can contact her at cathy.akers@library.ucla.edu.