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Joe Krovoza | Assistant Dean of Development and Alumni Relations Joe Krovoza | Assistant Dean of Development and Alumni Relations

University of California, Berkeley College of Environmental Design


The University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) College of Environmental Design (CED) appointed Joe Krovoza as the assistant dean of development and alumni relations beginning July 1, 2020. Mr. Krovoza previously served as the executive director of development for the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. He joins CED at the outset of Dean Vishaan Chakrabarti’s tenure, and will work in partnership with the dean, other academic and administrative leaders within CED, and with University Development and Alumni Relations colleagues to ensure broad engagement with and the philanthropic success of this internationally impactful college.

Mr. Krovoza’s more than 30 years of development experience has included roles at California Institute of Technology; Stanford University; and University of California, Davis (UC Davis). During his 20 years at UC Davis, he built the development programs; managed multiple advisory boards; partnered with faculty to expand the campus’ Institute of Transportation Studies; and helped to establish its Energy and Efficiency Institute and Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy. In addition, Mr. Krovoza worked across UC campuses, including with UC Berkeley to secure increased state funding for the UC-wide Institute of Transportation Studies. At UCSF, along with major gifts fundraising, he created a new Cancer Leadership Council, expanded unrestricted giving, and helped direct the cancer components of UCSF’s successful $5 billion comprehensive campaign.

Mr. Krovoza brings life-long passions for community planning, sustainability, and public education to CED. From 2011 to 2014, he served as the mayor of Davis, CA where he helped guide major environmental efforts, including the city’s first Climate Action Plan, a wholly new General Plan Transportation Element, new clean water and wastewater systems, and Davis’ largest ever open space acquisition. Simultaneously, he led the transportation and energy fundraising at UC Davis. In this dual capacity, he forged many environmental collaborations between the city and UC Davis. Mr. Krovoza earned a bachelor's degree from Occidental College and a JD from UC Davis School of Law.

IM Partner Rachel Ellenport led this search with Grace Zakim and Megan Gorman.

Read the full news release here.