Alex Fujita Brandhorst
(she/her) currently serves as the associate director of prospect development at the University of Denver. In addition to contributing to organizational prospect development strategy, she is the primary prospect development liaison to the Parent & Family Giving Team and the Senior Vice Chancellor’s Office. Alex has a BA in art history from Seattle University and an MA in arts and culture management from the University of Denver. She enjoys artistic endeavors, long-distance running and high-intensity Pilates, and she is the editor for How Do You Say That
, a blog for womxn of color in the nonprofit sector. At present, she is fighting a tree of heaven infestation with her husband, Ben, while their brown mackerel tabby, Olive, remains blissfully unaware of the “joys” of home ownership. Co-author of “Managing Parents as Prospects: Automated Scoring and Prospect Management.”
Lisa Clark is the director of prospect development at Creighton University. Liz has worked in higher education for 12 years and oversees a team of three people. She has been a speaker at multiple Apra conferences and has held various volunteer leadership roles in support of the Apra International PD conference, including curriculum committee member in 2015 and 2020, Apra Talks co-chair in 2017, and Conference Chair in 2021. In addition to prospect development work, Liz holds a master’s degree in negotiation and conflict resolution from Creighton University and a certificate in mediation endorsed by the Nebraska Supreme Court.
is the senior executive director of business intelligence at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where he oversees data analytics, information strategy, advancement operations, gift and data administration, gift proposal development, and leadership annual giving programs. Rodger completed his graduate studies in information, analysis and retrieval at the University of Michigan. Author of "6 Ways to Effectively Drive Analytics Adoption."
is the author of the Connections article "A Circle of Connections: Being Open With Your Network During the Job Search
" and recently began a new role as a prospect research analyst at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota in Winona, Minnesota. She previously served as a prospect research program manager at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, and served in prospect research roles at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Northeastern University in Boston. These days, you can find her stepping up her Apra-MN Chapter board duties, volunteering for the United Way of Freeborn County, reading lots of books, helping her friends and family when the need arises and celebrating the successful end to her most recent job hunting experience.
Karen Greene joined Marts & Lundy in January 2014, bringing decades of experience as a trusted advisor and thought leader in the field of advancement operations. A pioneer in internet-based prospect research, Karen co-authored a prize-winning paper on the topic in 1993. She possesses a broad spectrum of expertise including prospect research and management, stewardship, events, finance and budget, campaign management, frontline fundraising and strategic digital engagement strategies. Her commitment, dedication and service to the field of prospect research were recognised in 2010 when she received the Apra Service Award, its highest distinction. Karen has chaired the Apra Foundation, served on the board of Apra, been a judge for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Excellence Awards and a frequent presenter for CASE, the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Apra. Recently, Karen served on the faculty for the Fall 2019 CFRE study course for AFPDC.
Steve Grimes is the director of development analytics and strategy at Jazz at Lincoln Center. He oversees all reporting and analysis needs for senior leadership to help drive decision-making around fundraising activities. Previously, he was the prospect research analyst at the ACLU, working with the principal gifts team in the national office. Steve began his development career in 2006 as a prospect researcher at St. John’s University. He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from SUNY at Old Westbury, a master’s degree in sociology from St. John’s University and another master’s degree in media studies from CUNY at Brooklyn College. In addition, he completed doctoral courses at Rutgers University before deciding to focus solely on his development career.
has been touting the benefits of data as a prospect development professional for 17 years. Presently, you can find her leading, analyzing and creating as the senior director of prospect management and analytics at Santa Clara University. A native of Washington, D.C., Sharise has worked in development her entire career. She has run $4-billion campaigns is always eager to learn about the next big thing in data. Her diverse experience includes: Howard University, Georgetown University, Women for Women International, The Foundation Center, University of Kentucky Healthcare and the Humane Society of the United States. Sharise is a certified Pranic Healer with a focus on mindfulness and meditation. Her volunteer work has included serving on the Apra Nominations Committee, as well as serving as chair of both the Awards Committee and Data Science Curriculum Planning Committee. She earned a B.A. in history from La Salle University, a master’s in humanities from Georgetown University and a certificate in fundraising operations from Rice University. You can find Sharise on LinkedIn
and Twitter at @ShariseHarrison
. Sharise is the author of "Creating a Safe Space: Incorporating Mindfulness and Inclusion Into Your Leadership."
Jodi McLaughlin, MLIS
, is the senior director of fundraising strategy and analytics for the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh ― where she has worked the past nine years. She is responsible for prospect development, data analytics, strategic management, database and gift administration and donor relations. Jodi is also the 2020-2021 president of Apra Pennsylvania. She earned her MLIS from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with a focus on information behavior, and a BA from the University of Houston. In her non-work life, Jodi can be found hiking with her family, making quilts or experimenting in her kitchen. Author of “From Floundering to Flourishing: How Apra Chapter Involvement Reinvigorated a Passion for Prospect Development.”
has been a prospect researcher since 1996. Her first position was at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico, followed by Mayo Scottsdale, the Translational Genomics Research Institute, the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, the Institute of Human Origins at ASU, and Arizona State University Foundation. She is also the owner of Research*By*Design
, a full-service research business providing donor, demographic, trends and real-estate research. The business was formed in 2012, and is currently active. Author of "Thinking About Thinking About...."
Marisa Spittal, MSEd TESOL, JD, is an assistant director of prospect research development at Yale University, where she manages research training and supports the work of major gifts officers, the Yale School of Nursing and the planned giving team. Prior to joining Yale in 2019, she worked for four years in development at Teach For America (TFA) as a regional, corporate-foundation fundraiser and then as a prospect researcher in the central organization. From 2010 to 2014, Marisa ran the TFA-Connecticut Alternate Route to Certification teacher preparation program. She’s also taught English as a second language in New York City Public Schools. Marisa earned her junior doctorate at the University of Connecticut School of Law and her master’s degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages from Lehman College. Her bachelor’s in classics and political science is from Macalester College. Author of “Prospect Development: Training in 2020 and Beyond.”