A $50-million gift from two generous UCLA alumni led to the renaming of the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin School of Public Affairs in 2011. Meyer Luskin, a Los Angeles business leader, and his wife Renee donated a total of $100 million to also fund the Luskin Conference Center, a hotel and meeting venue on campus.

Gifts at Work

Professors from the Luskin School of Public Affairs share their views on the impact of philanthropy on student opportunities.

UCLA Luskin master’s and doctoral students describe how they have been impacted by financial support, inspiring them to give back.


Master of Public Policy 1998

‘The important work that alums are leading speaks volumes.’

Why do you support UCLA Luskin?

There were just 18 of us in the first graduating class of MPPs. We each took a chance on a brand-new program, and UCLA Luskin took a chance on all of us. I believe that I received much more from the program than it did from me, so I will always be a strong supporter.

Current occupation

CEO, UCLA-UCSF ACEs Aware Family Resilience Network (UCAAN)

What does Luskin mean to you?

In the late 1990s, I had to explain what the letters “MPP” stood for and how the program I’d just completed differed from a JD or an MBA. Today, I simply say, “I have an MPP from UCLA Luskin.” The reputation of the students, faculty and course offerings precedes me, and the important work that alums are leading speaks volumes. Renee and Meyer Luskin’s names are now synonymous with excellence.

How do you give back?

I’ve volunteered at Luskin career fairs, mentored students, spoken at Luskin events and panels, and I am a frequent donor. I’m also honored to be a Senior Fellow and a founding member of the MPP Alumni Council.

Advice for current and incoming students

Luskin will offer you a quality education. This is what makes it just as good as any other well-regarded academic institution. One of the things that makes Luskin unique is that it is located within a real-life Petri dish where nearly any policy area you’re seeking to pursue exists. Take advantage not just of the academic offerings here, but also the meetings, events, exhibitions, gatherings and hidden gems that L.A. County’s 88 cities and 200+ unincorporated areas has to offer.


Master of Arts in Urban Planning 1982

‘We produce problem solvers with a passion for equity and justice.’

Why do you support UCLA Luskin?

When I went to Urban Planning at UCLA, there was no tuition, just a registration fee. Between a basically free education and financial support for living expenses, I was able to make it through the program with very little debt. That allowed me to focus on pursuing my passion rather than worrying about a steady, well-paying job.

What does Luskin mean to you?

The faculty, staff and students in Urban Planning saw me as someone with real solutions to urban problems. Their respect elevated me, and I learned to see myself as a problem solver and an advocate. This is the culture that prevails in the department to this day. We produce and support problem solvers with a passion for equity and justice.

How do you give back?

While students have a much heavier financial burden studying at UCLA now, I hope to alleviate a little bit of that burden through my annual donation, by freeing a student to work in a summer internship that best fits their ambition in equity or justice. Life is hard in the 21st century, but together we can make a difference in a student’s life and in the community they wish to support and enhance.

Impact of Your Gift

Your support makes it possible for Luskin students to gain a lifelong professional network of peers and mentors who shape their career paths while they reshape the world. Many of our students aspire to professional lives – at home and abroad – in which they will work to improve quality of life and access to services and resources. Philanthropy helps students further their education and their reach by attending professional conferences, sharing broadly, and gaining valuable experience in high-level fellowships and internships.

In addition, when you support UCLA Luskin faculty through research funding and named faculty chairs, you help bring the most highly regarded and sought-after educators to the school to engage in work and research and to inspire and train our students. What they achieve together is called progress, and it helps people everywhere.

To make a gift or to learn more about UCLA Luskin Funding opportunities, please contact:

Ricardo Quintero
Director of Development
(310) 357-3140

How to Give

You may choose from a number of options for making your gift. Learn more about ways to make a donation that works best for you.

Online: You can make a new gift online by clicking here, or make a payment on an existing pledge by visiting the pledge pay portal and selecting “payment on an existing pledge.”

Mail: For questions regarding checks payable and fund designation please call 310-206-5479 or email advancement@luskin.ucla.edu.

Phone: If you want to speak directly with us about what you would like to accomplish with your philanthropy to UCLA Luskin, you can reach us at 310-206-5479.

Wire Transfers: Wiring instructions for cash gifts can be found here.

Appreciated Stock: UCLA Luskin welcomes gifts of appreciated stock. You can download the appreciated stock giving form here. If you have questions, please call 310-794-3333.


All gifts to the UCLA School of Public Affairs are fully tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes, and subject to any limitations placed on charitable gifts. Go here for other fund disclosures and information on donor privacy.

For UCLA tax I.D. numbers, tax exemption letters, and other frequently requested documents, please visit the UCLA Donor Toolkit.

Planned Giving

Bequests and Planned Gifts: Legacy gifts have resulted in some of the School’s most generous and far-reaching gifts. Your planned gift will ensure academic excellence and access for generations to come. Your gift can also provide financial and tax benefits for you, your heirs, and others you care about.

Many individuals who could not otherwise make a major gift find they are able to do so with a carefully planned gift, thereby fulfilling their philanthropic goals for the School.

Planned gifts include:

  • Bequests
  • Pooled Income Funds
  • Gift Annuities
  • Charitable trusts
  • Gifts of property or real estate

Whatever your age, you can make a substantial contribution to the UCLA School of Public Affairs through a planned gift and satisfy your personal tax and longterm financial goals at the same time.

Learn More: UCLA has extensive planned giving resources, dedicated staff, and in-house attorneys available to answer your questions, on a confidential basis and without charge or obligation. To learn more you are welcome to contact the university Planned Giving Office directly.

Contact us

3250 School of Public Affairs Building
Box 951656
Los Angeles, CA  90095-1476
(310) 206-5479

Nicole Payton
Senior Executive Director of External Relations
(310) 422-4176

Ricardo Quintero
Senior Director of Development
(310) 357-3140

Vishal Hira
Associate Director of Development
(310) 625-9690

Tilly Oren
Assistant Director of Stewardship
(310) 956-6315

Natalie Miller
Development Coordinator
(310) 617-3838