About the Foundation

The Michigan State University Foundation is a non-profit research foundation committed to serving Michigan State University’s strategic needs and beyond. As the premier land grant university in the nation, MSU and MSU Foundation work closely together in ensuring community and economic success.

Established in 1973, the MSU Foundation was created to advance MSU by supporting research, entrepreneurship, and placemaking as well as driving economic development through the commercialization of intellectual property created by its faculty, staff, and students.

Our mission is to connect cutting-edge researchers with the venture creation process. By bridging this gap, our team helps inventors thrive. Ideas become a reality with the support of our programs, investment, spaces, and community.

With our family of subsidiaries, our focus on technology commercialization and economic development is made possible. 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

Manasa Gummalla

Venture Analyst

Gabriela Allum

Project Manager, UCRP

Susan Bukovcik

Accounting Assistant

Amy Motz

Executive Assistant, MSU Foundation

Erik Klink

Salesforce Administrator

Rebekah Skrzyniarz

Director of Finance

Jeff Wesley

Executive Director, Red Cedar Ventures

Hunter Kettering

Venture Analyst

Emily Andersen

Communications Coordinator

Karri Christie, CPA


Kay O’Berry

Administrative Assistant, UCRP

Todd Pasch

Facilities Manager, UCRP

Frank Urban

Director of Venture Creation, Spartan Innovations

Prem Bodagala

Director, Red Cedar Ventures

Jeff Smith

Director, UCRP

Jamie Binger

Finance Coordinator

Chris Moran, CPA


Nichole Maguire

Administrative Assistant, Spartan Innovations

Drew Lillywhite

Facilities Specialist, UCRP