Andrea Michelbach

Director of Annual Giving

  • Professional
  • Biography


  • B.A., English - Creative Writing, Walla Walla University
  • M.A., Museology with specialization in Museum Evaluation, University of Washington

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Annual Giving Strategy
  • Fundraising Communications
  • Giving days
  • Digital Donor Engagement


Andrea started with Pacific Lutheran University in 2017 and leads strategy across Annual Giving efforts, including direct mail, email, crowdfunding, phone (TelALutes) and Bjug Day. The Annual Giving team works to raise both unrestricted and project-specific current-use funds from the PLU community, including alumni, parents, friends and employees in support of PLU students and cross-campus causes.


Andrea grew up in northern Idaho and has lived for almost two decades in Washington, where she enjoys camping, hiking and birding. She has worked in a variety of fields, including healthcare publishing, museums, and art and environmental organizations. Working now in liberal arts higher education, she is proud to raise funds on behalf of current and future students who are making an amazing impact in the world.