Kara Ramirez Mullins

  • Executive Director of Advancement

    Kara MullinsKara Mullins serves as the executive director of Advancement at the Darden School. Mullins joined Darden in January 2016 as a senior member of the Darden Enterprise Team, overseeing all of the School’s philanthropic and fundraising efforts. She partners with faculty and senior staff to successfully build the external relations of the School with donors, alumni and key constituents. She has repositioned the strategic fundraising priorities of Darden for the creation and execution of the School’s major capital campaign in alignment with UVA’s Bicentennial celebration. In addition to the campaign, Mullins is focused on expanding the endowed and operating funds for the School and overseeing leadership giving by all six governing boards.

    Prior to Darden, she served as associate vice president for institutional advancement at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. Mullins joined Brookings in 2012 to manage and direct a portfolio of high-level institutional donors for strategic investments in the Second Century Campaign — a $600 million campaign and the largest in think-tank history. Mullins implemented and led a rapidly growing frontline fundraising team and oversaw annual and major giving for the institution. Preceding Brookings, Mullins served as the director of development at The Phillips Collection, where she managed all development operations and strategically launched the silent phase of a $40 million endowment campaign. Prior to that, Mullins spent a decade in the development office at the National Gallery of Art.

    Mullins earned her bachelor’s degree from Marymount University and completed her graduate work at Georgetown University.