About the Foundation

The Michigan State University Foundation is a non-profit research foundation associated with Michigan State University, the premier land grant university in the nation.  The Foundation was formed in April of 1973 as an independent foundation focused on the mission of helping Michigan State University achieve its objectives around economic development through the commercialization of intellectual property created by its faculty, staff and students.

The MSU Foundation manages an endowment built from decades of licensing revenue.  In addition to a providing trust services to MSU, the Foundation provides strategic research funding to MSU in close collaboration with the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation at MSU.

Additionally, the MSU Foundation operates three wholly owned subsidiary organizations focused on technology commercialization and economic development.

Our family of subsidiaries – Spartan Innovations, Red Cedar Ventures, and University Corporate Research Park (UCRP), are key partners in the Michigan State University Innovation Center along with MSU Business Connect and MSU Technologies.


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Our Team

David Washburn

Executive Director

Bradley Fingland , Ph.D.

Director of Venture Creation, Spartan Innovations

Jeff Smith

Director, UCRP

Jamie Binger

Finance Coordinator

Karri Christie, CPA


Kay O’Berry

Administrative Assistant, UCRP

Todd Pasch

Facilities Manager, UCRP

Rebekah Skrzyniarz

Director of Finance

Jeff Wesley

Executive Director, Red Cedar Ventures

Gabriela Allum

Project Manager, UCRP

Susan Bukovcik

Accounting Assistant

Traci Cannon

Special Projects

Nichole Maguire

Administrative Assistant, Spartan Innovations

Drew Lillywhite

Facilities Specialist, UCRP

Frank Urban

Director of Venture Creation, Spartan Innovations

Prem Bodagala

Director, Red Cedar Ventures

Emily Andersen

Communications Coordinator

Chris Moran, CPA


Erik Klink

Salesforce Administrator

Amy Motz

Executive Assistant, MSU Foundation

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Dylan Kiger

Intern, Red Cedar Ventures