Meet the Apra Pennsylvania Board of Directors

Programming Director

Lauren Woodring, Research Analyst, Philadelphia Museum of Art


  • How many years have you worked in fundraising/prospect research? 
5 years
  • Briefly summarize your background:

After undergrad, I went to grad school twice: one degree in History from La Salle University and one in Museum and Gallery Studies from the University of St Andrews.  I thought that I would be working in a museum in collections but while working as a temp in the HR department of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, I stumbled on prospect research.  That was five years ago, and I haven’t looked back. 

      • How long have you served on the Apra PA board, and what inspired you to join?  

      I’ve been on the board since January 2018.  The chapter was growing, and I really wanted to be a part of that.  I also wanted to meet fellow researchers! 

          • What are you most proud of in your work?

          Apra - We have dramatically increased our programming offerings to our members including webinars, roundtables, and happy hours.  We have a lot more plans in the work, so stay tuned!

          Work -I am proud in how we have increased our support to our institutional program with research and analytics.

              • Do you have favorite research tool, site, or trick you can share?

              I use FEC forms for matching prospects with their home addresses and employment since both are required when making a political contribution! 

                  • What is your prospect development superpower?

                  My "nonsense" dectector

                    • What's your hobby and why?

                    I try to read at least 40 books a year.

                      • What did you want to be when you grew up when you were a kid?

                      A professional violin player

                      • What is your favorite season and why?

                      Autumn: I hate humidity and love sweaters!

                      APRA Pennsylvania is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and is a state chapter of APRA, an international membership organization that "serves and educates fund-raising professionals interested in advancement research and promotes the profession of advancement research."

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