UCSF development office appoints international director

By Corinna Kaarlela

Brenda Kwee McNulty -----

UCSF has named a new director in its development department who will specialize in the international community, reflecting an institutional commitment to advance health-related programs throughout the world.

Brenda Kwee McNulty, who for the past 20 years has been involved in the wealth management industry as a strategic planner, investment manager, financial advisor and private banker, has begun her duties in the newly created post in the UCSF Department of University Development and Alumni Relations (UDAR).

As UCSF director of development-international, Kwee McNulty will focus on fostering and managing relationships with major donors, institutional friends and patients who support UCSF’s worldwide work in research, education, clinical care and policy and want to see these efforts expanded.

UCSF international programs include partnerships with local communities and are geared to the prevention and treatment of a range of diseases and to health care issues.  Projects cover tuberculosis, malaria, HIV/AIDS, tobacco use, mother and child health, health care worker training, and vaccine development, among several others.

“The University’s health science contributions are not defined by geography, but rather by global situations, need and demand, and I see my work supporting these contributions,” Kwee McNulty said.  Her initial focus will be Asia.

“Brenda’s arrival comes at an opportune time as we pursue the challenge of advancing health worldwide,” said James W. Asp, UDAR associate vice chancellor. “Today’s research institutions must think globally and UCSF has been a leader in addressing health concerns beyond borders.  We are very proud of our accomplishments, and Brenda’s expertise will be invaluable as we continue our reach globally.”

Prior to joining UCSF, Kwee McNulty spent 10 years in international wealth management for two San Francisco financial institutions. In 1996, she joined Wells Fargo where she initiated a new Asian private banking unit and was a key player in developing strategic business plans for the domestic Asian segment. In 2004, she joined Union Bank of Switzerland, working in the San Francisco Branch to provide financial management advice to Asian families.

She previously spent 10 years in Hong Kong in the private banking and wealth management business of major European and U.S. banks.  She also worked in New York City for over 12 years for a major chemical company in various treasury, investment, and financial positions.

Active in the Bay Area Asian American community, Kwee McNulty serves as immediate past chairman of the board of the Asian Business League and as a board member of the Singapore American Business Association, Association of Asian American Bankers, and Hong Kong Schools Alumni Association.  She is a retired board member of the Institute of International Education.

She was born and raised in Hong Kong and is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin.  She currently resides in San Francisco.