With great care and careful consideration, our executive team leads the Association into a new era of innovation by calling on a diverse pool of history and experience.


President & CEO
sgrafton@umich.edu | 734.763.9730

Steve provides leadership and direction to the Association and its leadership team, coordinating all Board of Directors activities and working with all U-M campuses.

Areas: Executive, University/Student Relations


Senior Vice President & COO
jsigler@umich.edu |734.763.2452

Jerry and his team manage the financial planning, record-keeping, and fundraising of the Association, including LEAD scholarships, regional scholarships, and Camp Michigania.

Areas: Alumni Travel, Michigania


Vice President & CFO
simpsona@umich.edu | 734.615.3126

Angila and her team ensure the Association is operating efficiently and effectively through financial oversight, technical support, facilities management, and numerous human resources and professional development opportunities.

Areas: Accounting, Customer Relations, Human Resources, Project Management, Technology


Vice President, Alumni Engagement
dschue@umich.edu | 734.763.9754

Dave oversees several program areas within the Association that focus on alumni and student engagement. This includes leadership of the Global Engagement Team, LEAD Scholars Program, Events Team, Student Engagement Team, and Alumni Education Team. His primary focus is on facilitating connections among alumni and the University as well as providing access to the University’s educational offerings.

Areas: Alumni Career Services, Alumni Communities, Alumni Education, Events, International


Executive Director, Development
jtcorey@umich.edu | 734.764.3777

James oversees an advancement program that has seen recent growth and success, including the completion of a $66 million comprehensive campaign as part of the Victors for Michigan campaign. He is tasked with overseeing stewardship, major gifts, annual giving, planned giving, foundations, and strategic campaign planning.

Areas: Annual Giving, Corporate Fundraising, Fundraising, Stewardship

Upasna Kakroo

Executive Director, Marketing & Communications
upasna@umich.edu | 734.764.0025

Upasna and her team help build awareness and stronger engagement for the Association’s programming through multi-channel marketing campaigns and strategies. The team also develops and implements membership services for alums.

Areas: Brand Design, Digital/Data, Marketing/Membership, Writing

Ayanna McConnell

Senior Director, University/Student Engagement & LEAD Scholars
ayannam@umich.edu | 734.615.9714

Ayanna and her team create strategic connections with the university community to strengthen overall alumni engagement at U-M while helping current students learn to maximize the Michigan alumni network through programs and leadership development. The team manages the LEAD Scholars program and other Diversity, Equity & Inclusion efforts and offers alumni a portfolio of volunteer programs ranging from student recruitment to mentoring.

Areas: Alumni Volunteer, LEAD Scholars, Students

Andre Zoldan, ’98

Senior Director, Technology

Andre and his team provide technology innovation through development, training, and support for alumni and the Association’s programs. The team spans a wide range of technology services, including data management, web applications development, CRM administration, and all ongoing technology support needs.

Areas: Information Systems, Tech Development, Tech Operations

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