PATH names David Wu as chief development officer

July 16, 2012 by PATH

Amy MacIver, 206.302.4522,

Seattle, July 16, 2012—PATH today announced the appointment of David Wu as chief development officer, based in its Seattle headquarters. Mr. Wu is currently serving as vice president of External Relations at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo and will join PATH on September 4, 2012.

Mr. Wu takes on a new leadership role at PATH as chief development officer with responsibility for direction of PATH’s philanthropic fund development strategy and operations, expansion of its philanthropic support, and acceleration of funding for new innovations.

“We are delighted to have David join PATH and bring his considerable experience and expertise in fundraising, development strategy, and operations to support PATH’s next phase of growth and impact in global health and development,” said Sarah Temple, PATH’s vice president of External Relations. “David has a more than 25-year track record improving organizational effectiveness and results through delivery of leading-edge fundraising programs and executive leadership. His skills and background will contribute to PATH’s growth as an innovator in providing access to global health.”

“I’m excited to join PATH’s External Relations department and be a part of a dynamic team that plays such a pivotal role in PATH’s success,” said Mr. Wu. “I look forward to applying my experience to champion PATH’s outstanding portfolio of work around the world.”

In his current position with Woodland Park Zoo, Mr. Wu provides strategic leadership of fund development and External Relations operations, including communications, government affairs, membership, and volunteer relationship management. During his tenure, he provided overarching direction for the $80 million, seven-year “More Wonder More Wild” campaign designed to raise program, capital, and endowment support—which has raised $71.8 million toward its goal.

Previously, Mr. Wu served at the University of Washington in a variety of senior development roles, including associate vice president for campaign and development programs, where he worked closely with university leadership to provide supervision for a comprehensive capital campaign with a working goal of $2 billion. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Bowling Green State University.