Brian Nielson

Executive Director for Estate & Gift Planning, ASU Foundation for a New American University

Brian Nielson is the Executive Director for Estate & Gift Planning for the ASU Foundation for a New American University. After practicing estate & business planning law, Brian transitioned from legal advisor to philanthropic advisor, specializing in planned giving. Brian started with a large urban research school and medical center at the University of Cincinnati Foundation, then shifted to a small liberal arts setting at The College of Wooster before joining ASU in 2018. As a donor and volunteer, he has been involved in religious, community and youth services.

When he isn't helping donors optimize their philanthropic impact, Brian reports to Sara, who directs the management of their 6 kids. Ideally, the assigned projects involve hammocks and cooking outdoors.