Ericka Bigelow joined SMTD in September as the chief advancement officer and is leading the development and communications operations for the School.
Bigelow served as the executive director of development & alumni relations for U-M’s School of Public Health where she successfully completed the SPH Victors for Michigan Campaign, exceeding its $100M fundraising goal by more than $14M.
Prior to her role at Public Health, Bigelow was an integral member of the SMTD Development and External Relations team. Bigelow ultimately served the School as its director of campaign & major gifts, playing an instrumental role in the planning and execution of SMTD’s Victors for Michigan Campaign and helping to secure nearly 90% of the School’s $90M goal a full two years ahead of the campaign close. Bigelow first-served U-M as the director of development for the Matthei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum during the Michigan Difference Campaign, and before joining U-M, held several development roles in non-profit organizations, including the Denver Botanic Gardens, the Colorado Symphony Association, and the Greater Houston Red Cross.
Bigelow studied Theatre and Drama at Colorado State University and performed professionally in Chicago before entering Arts Administration.