Kaylee M Highstrom

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Room 220M JohH

101 Pleasant Street SE

My career in development began in 2001 at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where I served as an associate development officer and specialized in major gifts, annual giving, and volunteer management. Later I joined the research team at the University of Minnesota Foundation and worked as a senior researcher, building prospect pools for six colleges on campus. In my prior role as CLA's associate director of development, I managed stewardship & donor relations, corporate & foundation relations, and campaign planning. I currently serve as CLA's campaign director. I am committed to helping donors realize their philanthropic goals by aligning their interests with the needs of our faculty and students. Amplifying the joy and impact of giving is at the heart of what I do.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • BA: Art History, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 1999.
  • MLS: Liberal Studies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2009.


  • Development
  • Prospect Research
  • Stewardship and Donor Relations
  • Campaign planning
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Lecturer: Buckman Fellowship For Leadership in Philanthropy , November 2005 - November 2005
  • Chair, Logistics Committee: Minnesota Planned Giving Conference , Spring 2004 - Fall 2006
  • Committee Member: Stewardship Task Force, University of Minnesota Foundation , Fall 2005 - Spring 2006
  • Presenter, APRA Minnesota Fall Conference: "Rethinking the Role of Research in Donor Relations" , 2010
  • Co-Chair: CLA Community Fund Drive , 2010 - 2015
  • Facilitator, Graduate Education Transition Team: Placement Committee , 2010


  • Docent: Weisman Art Museum, February 2008 - 2015
  • Volunteer: Minnesota Museum of American Art, 2016
  • CLA Outstanding Service Award, 2008
  • CLA Outstanding Service Award, 2012