As Director of Philanthropic Engagement at Burning Man, Theresa leads the development and implementation of a fundraising strategy which honors Burning Man’s culture of gifting while supporting its global mission. Theresa manages the fundraising team and related programs, including annual, major gift, foundation relations, and capital campaign initiatives.
Prior to Burning Man, Theresa served as Vice President of Development at the Aquarium of the Pacific and taught fundraising to grassroots environmental organizations across the country. A pragmatic optimist and lifelong advocate for social justice, the environment, and the arts, Theresa earned her Masters of Business Administration and her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from California State University, Long Beach. She currently serves on the Leadership Council of the Faulconer Gallery at Grinnell College and is the author of a book of poetry entitled “tell me more, but don’t use any words.”
Hosts Sandi Hunt, Nick Ashburn, Katherine Klein, and Sherryl Kuhlman are joined by Theresa Duncan (Director of Philanthropic Engagement, Burning Man), Ruchika Singhal (Vice President, Global Health Medtronic Labs, Medtronic), Daniel McCarthy (Assistant Professor of Marketing; Co-founder, Theta Equity Partners, Emory University’s Goizueta Business School), Yana Kakar (Global Managing Partner, Dalberg), Hadiyah Mujhid (Founder and CEO, HBCUvc), William Towns (Executive Director, Benefit Chicago), and Tom Mitchell (Managing Director, Cambridge Associates, LLC) on the Thursday, October 25, 2018 edition of Dollars and Change.