Meet the Apra Pennsylvania Board of Directors


Suzanne Harris, Prospect Research & Management

How many years have you worked in fundraising/prospect research? 

I've worked in fundraising for six years and specialized in prospect research and management for 5 years.

Briefly summarize your background:

Prospect research is a second act career for me. I was originally a professional archaeologist and adjunct professor at multiple organizations. I decided to transition to fundraising because I wanted to follow a career path that felt like it could make a positive long term impact.

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

I joined the APRA PA board last January. I was inspired by a conversation with Chris Connors and Jessica Wade, who encouraged me to run for election.

What are you most proud of in your work?

I like the ability to channel my creative energy and resourcefulness towards proactive research. There are so many ways to discover insights about prospects and it's fun to be able to sit down and explore the data.

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

My favorite tool is, which I use to collect and organize all my favorite bookmarks. A website that I love is the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank site, which includes all sorts of lectures about economic concepts and national demographic information

What is your prospect development superpower?

Thanks to my academic background, I can surf though databases, websites, and white papers for hours on end.

What do you prefer (a book, a movie, or a live show) and why?

I prefer books and movies, depending on how much time I want to commit to entertainment that evening. I'm a big fan of weird fiction and horror.

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

I mostly wanted to be an architect; I distinctly remember trying to recreate Frank Lloyd Wright homes with Legos (this was BEFORE the special kits came out mind you).

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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