Contact the Office of Gift Planning to learn about ways to support Caltech that can make a bigger impact than cash donations, while also benefiting you and your loved ones.

Office of Gift Planning
(626) 395-2927

Office of Gift Planning
California Institute of Technology
1200 E. California Blvd., MC 5-32
Pasadena, CA 91125


Your Caltech Gift Planning Experts

Jim Ehlers

Jim Ehlers
Executive Director
Phone: (626) 395-6810

Jim came to Caltech in 2012 after directing planned giving at Claremont Graduate University, Harvey Mudd College, and Whittier College, where he was also director of leadership gifts. Jim is a past board member and president of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning of Greater Los Angeles, now the Los Angeles Council of Charitable Gift Planners.


Natalie Piega

Natalie Piega
Deputy Director
Phone: (626) 395-6250

Natalie came to Caltech in April 2006; she worked as a trust officer for the charitable management group at Wells Fargo & Company. She is a certified specialist in planned giving and a member of the Los Angeles Council of Charitable Gift Planners.



Rick Robertson
Senior Director of Development, Gift Planning
Phone: (626) 395-1758

Rick joined the team in June 2018. He worked as Principal Gifts Officer in Gift Planning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center,  as well as George Washington University and Baylor University. He is a member of the Los Angeles Council of Charitable Gift Planners.



Michael Conover
Associate Director
Phone: (626) 395-8461

Michael has worked at Caltech for over 13 years and joined the Office of Gift Planning in April 2015. He administers the daily operations of the trusts and bequests program and he is currently a member of the Los Angeles Council of Charitable Gift Planners.


Cynthia Estrada

Jacquie Collupy
Development Assistant, Gift Planning
Phone: (626) 395-6340

Jacquie joined the team in May 2019. She has over six years’ experience with Fidelity Investments as a financial representative, business analyst, and project manager, where she coordinated events, managed projects and provided executive level support.



Janet L. Martin
Gift Planning Specialist
Phone: (626) 395-4950

Janet's work experience is varied and ranges from being an account manager for Skyhill Financial to working as a remote sensing design engineer on NASA's Galileo Mission Science Team at JPL.