Molly McDonald

Chief of Staff to the President at Santa Clara University

Molly McDonald

Molly McDonald

Chief of Staff to the President at Santa Clara University

Biography

Molly McDonald serves as chief of staff to Santa Clara University President Michael E. Engh, S.J. Ms. McDonald’s responsibilities include: advising the President on University matters as well as external matters; serving as Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees and liaison to the Board; managing staff, budget, administration, policies, procedures and operations of the President’s Office; serving as an ambassador to internal and external constituents; overseeing internal and external communications for the Office of the President; collaborating with senior leaders to further initiatives; and overseeing the University Event Planning and Protocol Office As a member of the senior leadership team, Ms. McDonald serves on the President’s Cabinet.

Ms. McDonald received a Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law and her bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University.

Prior to her appointment as Chief of Staff in 2011, Ms. McDonald served as Assistant Vice President for Human Resources at SCU. Before coming to Santa Clara University, she held the positions of General Counsel, Chancellor, and Director of Human Resources for the Diocese of Monterey.

Ms. McDonald serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors for Sacred Heart Community Service in San Jose and previously served as Chair and member of the St. Christopher School Advisory Board. She and her husband reside in Willow Glen with their teenage son.

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Diocese of Monterey

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817

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3

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Co-Founder at Redpoint Ventures

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Chief Operating Officer & Senior Legal Counsel at Santa Clara University

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Director, Food & Agribusiness Institute at Santa Clara University

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President at Santa Clara University

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Member, Board of Regents at Santa Clara University

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Associate at Golder Associates, Inc.

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Partner Emeritus at Irell & Manella LLP

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Former National Director, Small Business Banking at Comerica, Inc.

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Chief Transformation Officer at GoDaddy.com LLC

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Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at LinkedIn Corp.

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Molly McDonald
Chief of Staff to the President at Santa Clara University
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Bachelor's Degree

Founded in 1911, LMU is a premier Catholic university rooted in the Jesuit and Marymount traditions. Our enrollment includes 6,087 undergraduate, 2,220 graduate and 1,236 law school students. Our 142-acre bluff-top campus is located in West Los Angeles and is among the nation's most beautiful and green campuses.

Juris Doctor

Santa Clara University School of Law will educate its students to meet the challenges of a legal profession and society that are increasingly global, technologically sophisticated, and diverse. In fulfilling this vision, the Law School will educate its students to become lawyers of competence, conscience, and compassion. The Law School will also advance knowledge and justice through scholarship and service.

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Chief of Staff to the President
Current

Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California's Silicon Valley, offers its more than 8,000 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master's, Ph.D., and law degrees. Distinguished nationally by the fourth-highest graduation rate among all U.S. master's universities, California's oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice.

General Counsel
Prior
Boards & Committees
Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees
Current

Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California's Silicon Valley, offers its more than 8,000 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master's, Ph.D., and law degrees. Distinguished nationally by the fourth-highest graduation rate among all U.S. master's universities, California's oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice.

Member, Advisory Board
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Member, Board of Directors
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