The Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization with the mission of preserving, protecting, and enhancing the Rose Bowl Stadium as a National Historic Landmark has announced Brian Brantley as its new Director of Major Gifts and Advancement.

Brantley, who has accumulated more than 14 years of experience in fundraising, sports marketing and sales comes to America’s Stadium from his most recent stop at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he has been the Director of Development and Individual Sport Philanthropy for the past two-plus years.

“I am honored and thrilled to join the Rose Bowl and the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation. To be here at this world famous and iconic venue is truly a dream come true,” said Brantley. I am looking forward to building relationships not only here in the community but across the country so that we will preserve, protect and enhance the Rose Bowl experience.”

While at Cal Poly SLO, Brantley managed the annual fund and solicited major gifts for current facility campaigns including track, football and softball. During his with the Mustangs, Brantley secured the lead gift for the softball hitting facility, secured funding to send women’s basketball team on international trip to Australia, designed strategic plan and timeline for all development communications for handling both annual fund and major gifts, worked in securing scholarships for cross country and track teams.

“Having someone of Brian’s fundraising acumen and perspective will have an immediate impact on our efforts to preserve, protect, and enhance the beloved Rose Bowl Stadium,” said Dedan Brozino, Chief Development Officer. “Brian’s talents and incredible people skills are a positive combination that will undoubtedly have a transformational effect on the growth of the philanthropic spirit surrounding this Landmark.”

Prior to his appointment with the Mustangs, Brantley was director of the Tiger Scholarship Fund at the University of Memphis, overseeing a $7 million annual fund and witnessing an increase in membership of over 200 people and $250,000 in funds raised.

Brantley was Assistant Director of Development for Athletics at American University in Washington, D.C., from 2011-12 and served as marketing director for the Harlem Globetrotters from 2008-09.

A graduate of Towson State (MD) with a bachelor of science degree in sports management, Brantley went on to earn his master’s degree in sports administration and facility management at Ohio University.

He served as a senior account executive for D.C. United of Major League Soccer from 2003-04 as well as for the Washington Nationals from 2004-07. Held various positions for the San Diego Padres, Minnesota Twins and Baltimore Orioles.

Brian volunteers and supports the American Heart Association and the ALS Foundation. Brian is a NACDA Member and a two-time NAADD Diversity Stipend Award Winner. Bobby Purcell Athletic Development Mentoring Program Participant. Contributing author for the academic text, Event Management Blueprint: Creating and Managing Successful Sports Events.

Brian is originally from West Chester, PA.