Chief Development and Membership Officer
President, Foundation of the Zoological Society of San Diego
David C. Wu brings to San Diego Zoo Global more than 30 years of professional experience in development, marketing communications and public affairs. David received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Virginia Tech, and his master’s degree in higher education administration from Bowling Green State University.
In his role David provides strategic leadership to mobilize multiple revenue streams for sound operational management and financial growth and sustainability, and to engage more people from diverse sectors by cultivating their passion for saving species. He leads an interdisciplinary and innovative division spanning the departments of membership programs, individual and planned gifts, corporate and foundation relations, special events and member and donor services. Ultimately the team drives growing levels of private support to amplify the zoo’s mission and scale up its reach and impact on ending extinction.
Prior to joining San Diego Zoo Global, David served as Chief Advancement Officer at Woodland Park Zoo, where he provided overall leadership for a highly integrated group of professionals in the fields of communications, development, membership, marketing, and government relations. Is this role he provided overarching leadership for three major campaigns focused on elevating the zoo as a conservation organization, expanding public support and elevating private support through a $120 million comprehensive campaign.
David previously served as Chief Development Officer for PATH, an international nonprofit that transforms global health through innovation. In this role he led PATH in achieving its first $125 million comprehensive campaign and increased private support by 250% in four years.
As the Acting VP for Advancement and the Associate Vice President for Campaign and Development Programs at the University of Washington (UW), David provided leadership and direction for a comprehensive campaign with a goal of $2 billion over eight years that ultimately exceeded $2.8 billion. His past service also includes UCLA and Seattle University.
David is a former member of both the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the CASE District VII Board of Trustees. He served as a CASE faculty member for the Summer Institute for Fundraising at Dartmouth College and acted as a Visiting Expert with The Chinese University of Hong Kong Philanthropy/Fundraising Resource and Advisory Unit. He is currently a member of two national boards, Global Impact and the Association of American Museums: Development and Membership.