Colorado State University

Meet Our Staff

Photo of Simone ClasenSimone Clasen, CFRE
Executive Director of Development and Operations

(970) 491-0997;

Born and raised in Berlin, Germany, Simone moved to the U.S. in 1982. She graduated from California State University, Northridge with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and an emphasis in foreign languages in 1994. Simone held several international sales, management, and marketing positions in Los Angeles, California, in healthcare and consumer product industries. She moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, in 1998 and joined the College of Natural Sciences in 2001, initially as assistant director of development. In 2004, she was named director of development and in 2013 executive director of development and University Advancement operations. In this role, she manages the college’s fundraising team, supports University Advancement operations, and builds relationships with alumni, foundations, corporations, and friends to generate philanthropic support for the college and University.


Nate Budd, Associate Director of DevelopmentNate Budd

(970) 491-5711;

Nate is a 2012 graduate of CSU and joined the College of Natural Sciences as Associate Director of Development in 2017. Nate brings a diverse background in business development, sales, strategic planning and marketing from his time in water and energy resource development as well as financial and entertainment advertising. In addition to his role at CSU, Nate also serves his community as a board member for Neighbor to Neighbor and The Friends of the Gardens on Spring Creek. In this position, Nate enjoys helping friends and alumni of the College of Natural Sciences achieve their philanthropic goals while advancing the mission of the University and developing positive opportunities for students.

Megan Griffith, Assistant Director of Development for Corporate and Foundation RelationsMegan Griffith

(970) 491-0287;

A Colorado native from Golden, Megan joined the College of Natural Sciences in 2017 after spending four years in the Dean’s Office of the College of Agricultural Sciences at CSU. Prior to that, she worked in the Dean’s Office of the College of Education and Social Services at the University of Vermont in Burlington while she pursued her Master’s degree in English. Her research focused on representations of British culture in television and other media. Megan also obtained a B.A. in English in 2005 from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. In her current position, she works to make connections with corporations and foundations to generate support for faculty research, student scholarships, and outreach programs.


Shana Bode, Donor Relations CoordinatorPhoto of Shana Bode

(970) 491-2647;

Shana Bode was born and raised in Fort Collins and received her Master’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University. Prior to her employment at CSU, she spent over a decade working and volunteering in the Poudre School District and also served as the District Coordinator and Poudre River Regional Director for the Odyssey of the Mind Program. She joined the College of Natural Sciences as the Donor Relations Coordinator in 2014. In this position, she works with the Development Team to support philanthropic relationships and generate support for our students and programs.