Jennifer Jung

Jennifer Jung, 46, a UCLA alumna who devoted nearly all of her professional life to the campus, died at her Los Angeles home on June 6 of cancer.

As director of operations for UCLA’s Centennial Campaign, Jung was responsible for managing the complex administrative and volunteer infrastructure of the $4.2 billion fundraising effort. She was a campus liaison to the campaign executive committee and the campaign cabinet, and she provided strategic oversight to campaign progress, reporting and goal-setting. 

In a message to her External Affairs colleagues, Kat Carrico and Laura Lavado Parker, UCLA’s associate vice chancellors for development, remembered Jung as a treasured colleague whose warm spirit and passion for UCLA shone through in all she did. “She embodied the essence we all treasure in a colleague, teammate and friend: dedication, positivity, integrity, selflessness and an unwavering commitment to the pursuit of excellence, all wrapped up with a joyful smile, abundant grace and a contagious laugh.”

A native of South Korea, Jung earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and international relations from UCLA in 1993, three years after she had taken her first job on campus, as an administrative assistant in the department of pediatrics.

After beginning work in development for UCLA Health Sciences, Jung was elevated to the unit’s director of marketing and special events in 2000 and then associate director of development for UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital in 2004. A year later, she left UCLA — her one brief hiatus from her alma mater — to become director of development for the House Ear Institute, a Los Angeles nonprofit.

Jung returned to UCLA in 2008 as director of development for the children’s hospital. In 2013, before the launch of the Centennial Campaign, she was named its director of operations.

Jung is survived by her husband, Daniel, her parents, Ki and Chang Yong Kwon, and a sister, Inyong Kim.