Meet the Apra Pennsylvania Board of Directors
Lauren Woodring, Research Analyst, Philadelphia Museum of Art
- How many years have you worked in fundraising/prospect research?
- 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!