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Law School Selects Jean M. Sazevich
as Director of Advancement

June 1, 2009—The University of Minnesota Law School has chosen Jean M. Sazevich as the Director of Advancement after an extensive nationwide search. She will assume her duties on June 30, 2009.

Sazevich brings to the Law School a large portfolio of experience in philanthropy, including executive, program management and advisory positions within private foundations, family offices and corporations.

As Director of Advancement, she will lead the Law School’s development and alumni relations office in developing the institutional resources to fulfill the Law School’s aspirations to be a leading center for innovative teaching and research.

"Jean brings with her a great depth and breadth of philanthropic experience," says Law School Dean David Wippman. "She is clearly committed to the ideals of this university and the Law School."

Sazevich has been a philanthropy consultant at several foundations, including Okabena Advisors, the family office of the Dayton family, the Robina Foundation and a corporate giving program at Room & Board.

She also previously served as executive director at Adler Management, LLC, providing staff leadership and management of the activities of five foundations of the Gerald Rauenhorst family. The five foundations included four private family foundations and the corporate foundation of Opus Companies.

She has served as vice president, sr. philanthropic consultant at Piper Jaffray & Co. and program officer, Pohlad Family Charities.

She is currently a member of the Minnesota Alumni Association, Minnesota Planned Giving Council, and the Citizens League.

She is past chair of the Development Committee on the Board of Directors at Catholic Eldercare, and past chair of the Development Committee at AccountAbility Minnesota. She has served on the Minnesota Council on Foundations, Family Foundation Staff Network; the Greater Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce, the Keystone Program Advisory Committee; the University of Minnesota Children, Youth and Family Consortium, Advisory Committee; and the Minneapolis YWCA, Midtown Capital Campaign Committee.

Sazevich received her B.A. from the University of Minnesota and attended the Shannon Leadership Institute.

Portrait of Jean Sazevich

Jean M. Sazevich,
Director of Advancement