Chief Principal Gifts Officer, International Advancement
Olivia Thompson joined the University of Houston in March 2014, as executive director of constituent development and soon thereafter as chief development officer for major gifts before becoming chief development officer for principal gifts. Thompson has more than 17 years of experience in higher education and development. Prior to joining the University of Houston, she held various fundraising roles at The University of Texas at Austin’s College of Liberal Arts and the College of Natural Sciences, and Texas State University.
At the University of Houston, Thompson collaborates across university colleges/units to secure gifts at the $2.5 million level and higher and visits alumni and donors across the nation in Texas, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Ohio and Montana. She is also leading the new International Advancement Program at the University. International markets include Mexico, Canada and London.
She earned a bachelor of arts degree in art from The Ohio State University and a masters of public administration from Texas State University.
Director of Development
After earning his bachelor’s degree at Houston Baptist University, Draven spent a year in HBU’s Advancement Office as a Development Specialist. In 2019, Draven joined the Cullen College of Engineering as the Director of Development. Draven is a native Houstonian.