Ms Jennifer Karlson

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Advancement)

Jennifer joined UQ in 2017 to lead the University’s first comprehensive philanthropic campaign: Not if, when—the Campaign to Create Change. The $500m campaign was launched to inspire UQ’s 270,000+ alumni community to create change by accelerating opportunity through philanthropy. The University is on track to surpass the $500m philanthropic target by the close of 2020.

Jen is the advisor to the Vice-Chancellor on strategy, external engagement and change management related to institutional advancement and sits on the UQ

Endowment Fund Board. Jen’s career history spans the US, West Africa and Asia Pacific, including roles with the American Red Cross and the YMCA. Prior to UQ, she served as the Assistant Dean, Advancement for the

College of Letters & Science and Senior Director of Development & Strategy Manager at the University of Wisconsin-Madison – America’s top producer of Fortune 500 CEO’s.

Committed to growing a culture of philanthropy in Australia, in April 2019 Jen was responsible for bringing CASE Asia Pacific to Australia – a first for the world’s leading conference for professionals in advancement.