Executive Team

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.

Steve Grafton headshotSteve Grafton

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: ExecutiveUniversity/Student Relations

Angila Chapman headshotAngila Chapman

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 human resource management.

Areas: AccountingCustomer Relations, Human Resources, Technology

Dave Scheuler headshotDave Schueler, ’92

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

Dave oversees several program areas within the Association that focus on alumni and engagement. This includes leadership of the Global Engagement Team, Events Team, Career Program, 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: Advertising/Sponsorship, Alumni Career ServicesAlumni CommunitiesAlumni Education, Alumni Travel, Events, Global Engagement, Michigania

Upasna Kakroo headshotUpasna Kakroo

Vice President, Marketing and 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, Digital/UX, Marketing/Membership, Writing

Ayanna McConnell headshotAyanna McConnell

Vice President, University Relations
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 VolunteerDevelopment, LEAD Scholars, Students