Joakim Nyoni joined the School of Law as the senior director of advancement in November 2016.
Previously, Nyoni served as a senior director for principal gifts & the Honors College with Mizzou Advancement. He has a decade of experience in advancement at some of the nation’s top research universities and has been part of four major capital campaigns.
Nyoni joined the university in 2014 as a senior director in the College of Engineering. Under his leadership, the College of Engineering surpassed its $10 million fundraising goal by raising $11.5 million in private support. He was responsible for restructuring and strategically building the fundraising program in engineering. He developed and executed a departmental-based annual giving program and worked closely with department chairs to engage volunteers and key supporters. He was also responsible for developing the college’s $100 million campaign goal as part of the $1.3 billion Mizzou: Our Time to Lead campaign that was launched in October 2015.
Before joining Mizzou, Nyoni was part of the development team at the University of Arizona from 2011 to 2014. He served as an associate director of development for the College of Engineering before being promoted to a director of development within the engineering program. He helped to build the engineering development program and develop strategic initiatives to engage and cultivate alumni. During a three-year span, the team raised an average of $4 million to $6 million annually, culminating with a record $15 million in contributions for fiscal year 2013-2014.
Nynoi’s advancement career began in 2006 at the University of California – Berkeley’s Walter A. Haas School of Business. He served as the assistant director of corporate and foundation relations and was part of the team that worked to manage relationships with key corporate partners and alumni supporters. Following a successful career at Berkeley, he transitioned to a regional major gift role in late 2008, working briefly as a representative of Washington University in the New York area.
From 2009 to 2011, Nyoni served two key roles at Utah State University. He joined the university as the development officer for the College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences and was part of the team that assisted the transition of the college into two separate entities: Caine College of the Arts and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. He was the inaugural chief development officer for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. In this role, he oversaw the strategic planning and execution of fundraising activities as well as alumni engagement and annual giving efforts, in collaboration with the central development office. He was instrumental in raising major gifts and deferred gifts.
Nyoni holds a master of arts in advertising and a bachelor’s degree of journalism, both from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He was born in Tanzania and lived in Uganda and Kenya before relocating to Lincoln, Neb.