About CARA:

The California Advancement Researchers Association is the largest single state chapter of the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA), an international professional association of development research and information management professionals. Originally two separate organizations, the Southern California Researchers Association (SoCARA) and the Bay Area Researcher Group (BARG), CARA became an official APRA chapter in 1993.

CARA's mission is to serve development researchers by promoting and educating advancement professionals for the benefit of philanthropy. Our vision is to be recognized as the primary professional resource for development researchers in the California region.

We encourage anyone interested in a development career to join CARA. Membership is open to any individual who seeks to join an association of professional researchers within the fundraising community.

CARA Board of Directors

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President
Andillon Hackney
Director, Development Research
University of California, San Diego
858-822-1300

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Kelly Douglas
Senior Development Research Analyst
California Institute of Technology
626-395-6213
alt President-Elect
Mandy Beckham
Manager, Prospect Development
CHOC Children's Foundation
714-509-8684
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Vendor Relations Chair
John Rivett
Prospect Reporting Development Specialist
Caltech
414-841-4210

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Lisa Johnston
Director of Advancement Services
The Bishop's School
858-699-7847 
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Mentor-Mentee / Volunteer Program Chair
Shoshana Carter
Associate Director
Stanford University
650-721-5965

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So California Regional Chair
Geeta Ramdat
PMATS Specialist
City of Hope
213-241-7287

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No California Regional Chair
Mallory Lass
Sr. Prospect Analyst
University of California, Berkeley
510-642-6454

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Treasurer
James Vermillion
Director, Prospect and Relationship Management
858-822-6618

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Communications Chair
Donna Gutierrez
Prospect Management & Research University Development
University of California, Davis
530-754-9357

 

Conference Co-Chair
Iberia Zafira
Research Associate
Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health
650.627.6427

 

Conference Co-Chair
Natalie Larmon
Director, Prospect Management and Research
California Institute of the Arts
661.253.7725

 

CARA Administrators
Stacy Dumas
949-715-4192

 

Executive Director
Jerry Packer
949.715.4192

 
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