Our People

John M. Cash, Ph.D.

Chair of the Board of Directors
Senior Consultant & Principal


University of California, Berkeley, B.A. , University of Chicago, M.A., Ph.D.


Belmont, California

John joined the firm in 2001 as a senior consultant, following eight years as associate vice chancellor for university relations and campaign director at the University of California, Berkeley. John oversaw Berkeley’s “New Century Campaign,” a comprehensive, university-wide development program that ultimately raised more than $1.4 billion for the campus. He also served as vice president of the University of California, Berkeley Foundation.


Before joining UC Berkeley, John was associate dean for development in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University. He was the lead fund-raiser for Stanford’s largest school during the nation’s first $1 billion+ campaign. Prior to that, he was executive director of development and campaign director at Mills College in Oakland, California.


John has led the firm’s pioneering research into the evolution of public university development programs and he has been active as a speaker for CASE and other professional organizations.

Partial List of Clients Served

Arizona State University Foundation
California Polytechnic State University
California State University-East Bay
Cottage Health System, CA
Golden Gate University, CA
Imperial College, London
Iowa State University
The Juilliard School, NY
Michigan State University
Mills College, CA
Montana State University
Northwestern University, IL
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY
Rice University, TX
Rutgers University, NJ
San Jose State University, CA
Santa Clara University College of Law, CA
Smith College, MA
Smithsonian Institution, DC
Stony Brook University, NY
The Grosvenor Estate, London
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Merced
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Denver, CO
University of Hawaii Foundation
University of Rochester, NY
University of Texas at Austin
Virginia Tech Foundation
Wake Forest University, NC