CDS Welcomes Development Director Michael Gulley

A portrait of Michael Gulley

The Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University is pleased to welcome Michael Gulley as its new development director. Previously, he was the associate director for major gift initiatives in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, where he worked to enhance alumni and donor outreach and engagement across the country, helped launch the school’s Natural Resources Finance Initiative to grow its forestry program, and secured major gifts to support the Duke University Marine Lab in collaboration with gift officers across campus.

“We are thrilled to have Mike on our team here,” said CDS director Wesley Hogan. “His experience and strategic thinking will be instrumental in sustaining and expanding our efforts around providing innovative learning experiences as well as producing and supporting exceptional documentary work, diversifying the nation’s pool of documentary artists, and building new storytelling tools and platforms."

Gulley has more than eighteen years of experience and expertise in nonprofit fundraising, organizational growth, and relationship management. Prior to starting at Duke’s Nicholas School in 2012, he was director of annual giving at the WakeMed Foundation, senior development officer at the North Carolina State University Libraries, director of development for Curamericas, and campaign manager at the United Way of the Bay Area in San Francisco. Gulley volunteers throughout the community; he regularly serves as a precinct official for the Wake County Board of Election and is former chair and member of the board of directors of Durham’s Schoolhouse of Wonder. Gulley received a BA in sociology and history from the University of South Florida and a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University’s continuing studies program.