ISB Appoints Sissy Walsh Bouchard as Vice President of Development

University of Washington fundraising veteran to lead ISB's philanthropy efforts

Sissy Walsh Bouchard has joined the Institute for Systems Biology as Vice President of Development. (Photo: Business Wire)

SEATTLE--()--A former University of Washington star fundraiser will now lead philanthropy and communications for the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB). Sissy Walsh Bouchard, EdD has been named vice president of development and will direct ISB's fundraising programs and initiatives and maximize visibility of ISB's mission and strategic goals. She will serve as a member of the senior management team.

"Sissy Bouchard's appointment comes at a critical stage for ISB," said Leroy Hood, MD, PhD, co-founder and president of ISB. “Our move to South Lake Union will enable us to double our faculty over the next decade, create additional high technology facilities, and develop new programs and initiatives to propel ISB to the next level of accomplishment. It will require significant resources and one important future source of these will be philanthropy. Sissy was one of the most effective fundraisers at the University of Washington. Her skills and demonstrated results in donor relations will be central to ISB’s future growth and success. She is strategic, creative and takes a proactive approach to philanthropy -- and she has almost a decade of significant accomplishments to show for it."

Bouchard will focus on increasing ISB's overall level of giving so ISB scientists can continue to tackle biological challenges that will accelerate discovery in human health and environmental sustainability. Fundraising will also promote ISB's ability to transfer knowledge to society through K-12 science education, the creation of spin-off companies and increasing a better understanding of the societal impacts of science and technology.

Bouchard joined the University of Washington (UW) in 2003. Since 2006, she served as a member of the University's three person principal giving team where she drove engagement strategies for key leadership gifts in collaboration with the president and provost. Bouchard also coordinated key donor cultivation and stewardship efforts with development colleagues and deans located throughout the UW. She previously served as director of development at the University's Foster School of Business from 2003 - 2006.

“ISB scientists are deepening our understanding of the complexities of biology," said Bouchard. "The spaces we open will bring the entire scientific community closer to cures and solutions. I am fervent about engaging donors in the work of the Institute and demonstrating the exponential impact that their philanthropic support will have on the future of healthcare, the environment and science education.”

Bouchard received a bachelor's degree in public and environmental affairs, a master's degree in college student personnel, and a doctorate degree in higher education administration -- all from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Bouchard was selected from a highly competitive, broad-based pool of applicants, which came as the result of a national search conducted by Meng, Finseth, Peeps & Associates, a San Francisco Bay Area based recruitment firm.

About the Institute for Systems Biology

The Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) is an internationally renowned, non-profit research institute headquartered in Seattle. Founded in 2000, ISB was established to address the greatest challenge of 21st-century science -- understanding biological complexity. ISB seeks to unravel the mysteries of human biology and identify strategies for addressing some of society's most perplexing problems in human health and environmental sustainability. ISB is catalyzing fundamental paradigm changes in how the life sciences and medicine are practiced globally, and has been a pioneering source of new knowledge, innovative technologies and computational tools. ISB is committed to translating the benefits of its knowledge to society through commercialization of its discoveries; advancing science education; and creating exciting new organizations that facilitate these transfers. ISB has an extensive network of academic and industrial partners. For more information about ISB, visit

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For the Institute for Systems Biology
Gretchen Sorensen, 206-794-1057

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The Institute for Systems Biology has appointed Sissy Walsh Bouchard to lead philanthropy and communication programs and initiatives.


For the Institute for Systems Biology
Gretchen Sorensen, 206-794-1057