Alumni Pursuing Justice & Finding Solutions
Welcome to Alumni and External Relations at Gonzaga University School of Law. We are honored to work with such a supportive alumni community and are always looking for new ways to advance both the Alumni Association and Law School as a whole. The Gonzaga Law Alumni & Development Team, along with the Alumni Association, work hard to provide as many opportunities to remain connected to Gonzaga Law as possible. The Alumni and Development Department also works hard to raise funds in order to support current students and programs.
There are a variety of ways you can stay involved, from near or afar. We have programs that will fit your everyday busy schedule and still allow you to be invested in the future of Gonzaga Law. You could attend local events, act as a 1L or E-Mentor, or more.
Gonzaga Law school alumni enjoy a host of benefits and services, such as discounted CLEs, access to an alumni directory, loan repayment assistance, and an alumni application fee waiver to extend the legacy of Gonzaga Law alumni that pursue justice and find solutions in innovative ways.
To continue this rich tradition of leadership success, we need the ongoing support of alumni and friends.
Our team works hard to bring you innovative programs and networking events which strengthen the bond between our alumni and GU Law. The Alumni and Development Department also works hard to raise funds to support our students and programs.
Please feel free to send questions or concerns.
Jeff Geldien, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President, Academic Development
As the Assistant Vice President (AVP), Academic Development, Geldien is responsible for working with the Provost, Deans and other academic leaders, and the Vice President of University Advancement to advance the funding priorities for the academic units in support of the University’s overall goals and strategic plan. As AVP, Academic Development, Geldien takes the lead in the strategic oversight and management of resources engaged in development, donor relations, and alumni relations for the academic areas. Geldien also serves as a Principal Gift Officer, responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major and planned gifts of $250,000 and above to Gonzaga University (including the School of Law), working with individuals, foundations and corporations in fulfilling institutional priorities. He is also responsible for managing key relationships with the Law School Board of Advisors and the Gonzaga Law School Foundation Trustees. Geldien serves on Dean Rooksby’s senior leadership team and provides strategic insight on law school matters.
Geldien joined Gonzaga Law in 2008 as a Development Officer and was promoted up through the ranks starting as a Development Officer and most recently served as Assistant Dean of External Relations from 2016-2018. Prior to joining Gonzaga Law, Jeff served as Senior Director and Chef de’ Mission of International Sports Programs for a global travel and educational organization. Geldien received his B.A. from the University of Wyoming and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University. His research interests include understanding the changing scope of NCAA athletics, as well as pragmatic leadership studies and how elements of sense-making and constructive development theories impact decision making.
B.A. – Wyoming
M.A. – Gonzaga
Ph.D. – Gonzaga
Director of Alumni Engagement and Strategic Initiatives
Sarah oversees the Annual Fund, foundation scholarship program, collaborations with University Advancement, donor stewardship, and the day-to-day operations of our alumni engagement efforts. Sarah also assists Dean Rooksby with initiating and implementing non-academic innovation initiatives. Guzmán serves on Dean Rooksby's senior leadership team.
Sarah joined Gonzaga Law in 2010 in an administrative support role and has been promoted multiple times within her department over the years. She most recently was Assistant Director. Prior to her move to Spokane in 2008, Sarah worked at the YMCA and Leonard Rickey Investment Advisors, P.L.L.C. in Yakima.
B.S. – Central Washington University
M.A. – Gonzaga University
Program Coordinator, Student Activities and Special Events
Marketing and Communications Manager
Marketing Communications Coordinator