Shari Netzel: Biography/Education

Director of Development

Development and Alumni Relations


Shari brings more than 20 years of higher education and healthcare development experience to the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. In her role, she will oversee the programs, scholarship support, giving opportunities and ways for UNR Med alumni to stay connected to their alma mater. Most recently, she served as Director of Development, Regional Programs (West Region) for the University of Nevada, Reno. Previous to return to the University, she served more than 10 years as Director of the Renown Health Foundation. In that leadership role, she supported the capital, technological and operating needs for the largest healthcare provider in northern Nevada. Earlier in her career, Shari oversaw development for the College of Health and Human Sciences at the University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in marketing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is actively involved in professional organizations, including serving as past board president for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, which she was named Fundraising Professional of the Year in 2015; board member of the Planned Giving Roundtable of Northern Nevada; member of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy and is a member of WIN. Shari's community involvement has included supporting the Rotary Club of Reno, the Nevada Women's Fund and the Spanish Spring High School Athletics Booster Club.

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