Michael Reza

Michael Reza

Chief Advancement Officer, Vice President for Advancement



Michael Reza leads the university’s advancement team, where he oversees the university’s fundraising, alumni relations and grant support efforts. He also serves as a member of the University Executive Leadership Team, where he helps lead the operations of the university. Michael joined George Fox as vice president for advancement and chief advancement officer in July of 2018.

“Working at an institution like George Fox, where faith is central to the educational mission, is exciting,” he says. “There is a great story to tell here. I enjoy helping tell that story and inspiring others to support this terrific institution and our mission.”

Michael has spent the last 14 years working various roles in higher education advancement and had a successful career in outside sales with a Fortune 50 wireless company before moving to the advancement profession. He spent eight years with the Oregon State University Foundation, as well as time with the UC Irvine Alumni Association and University of Arizona Alumni Association, prior to George Fox.

In addition to his job responsibilities, Michael is active in volunteering. He currently serves as the chair of the cabinet for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VIII - Pacific Northwest and Western Canada. CASE is a global nonprofit association dedicated to educational advancement — which incorporates alumni relations, communications, development, marketing, and advancement services — who share the goal of championing education to transform lives and society. Michael provides leadership and volunteer management while serving the profession and district members.

He holds a master’s degree in public administration, with a concentration in local government and nonprofit management, from the University of Arizona Eller College of Management and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University, Long Beach.

Michael lives in Portland with his wife Katie and two daughters. He enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and athletics, and hopes to find time to get back on the sidelines to coach youth basketball. Michael’s first passion was coaching, and before moving to Oregon, he coached high school basketball for a number of years at Brea-Olinda High School in Orange County, California.