Apra-NW is the regional organization for individuals interested in the field of Prospect Development. Apra-NW is committed to serving, representing, and advancing the professionals and practices that enable the philanthropic success of institutions that rely on fundraising for achieving their missions. We foster a collaborative environment for sharing and discussion, while leading the development, dissemination, and advancement of best practices, resources, thinking, and trends.
Apra-NW Board Members
All Board members, except Conference Director, serve a two-year term.
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Vice President and Treasurer
Lindsay Evans (2019-2021)
University of Washington—Seattle, WA
Lindsay Evans entered the prospect research field in 2009 as an assistant to the prospect research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Prospect research turned out to be a natural fit for her skills and interests, and in 2011 she moved into a prospect researcher role at CHLA. In 2013 she moved back to her home state of Washington and joined the Prospect Development team at University of Washington as a Research Strategist. Lindsay holds her BA in theatre arts from Western Washington University, and outside of work you might spot her performing on stages around Seattle! She also loves staying active, mostly by running, biking, hiking and yoga-ing around the great Pacific Northwest.
Amelia Hooper (2019-2021)
Associate Director of Prospect Research
University of Puget Sound—Tacoma, WAAmelia Hooper joined the University of Puget Sound research team in 2016; in September 2018, she became associate director of prospect research. She first entered the world of prospect research in 2012 and hasn't looked back since. She has a BA in Modern Literary Studies from UC Santa Cruz, and she originally hails from the Central Valley of California (or, as the New York Times calls it, "Land of a Billion Vegetables"). Along with her partner and one very needy cat, Amelia lives in Tacoma.
Anna-Liisa Little (2018-2020)
Senior Prospect Researcher
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center—Seattle, WA
Anna-Liisa Little has been a member of Apra and Apra-NW since becoming a Prospect Researcher at Fred Hutch in 2012. She is excited to begin her second term as the Apra-NW Membership Chair. Prior to Fred Hutch, Anna-Liisa worked at Microsoft for ten years. Anna-Liisa has an MLIS and an MA from the University of Washington, and a BA from Haverford College (Pennsylvania). Originally from the east coast, she has lived in Seattle for over 25 years. She and her husband and their two children enjoy hiking and camping throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Allison Patzwald (2018 – 2020)
University of Washington—Seattle, WA
Allison Patzwald has been a research strategist at the University of Washington since 2009. She previously served two terms on the APRA-NW board as Vice President and Treasurer. She has a BA in Sociology and Law, Societies, and Justice from the University of Washington and a MPA from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington. She lives just north of Seattle with her husband and three kids.
Director of Prospect Research and Management
Matthew Smith began his career in philanthropy in 2012 when he joined the East Stroudsburg University Foundation in his home state of Pennsylvania as a Prospect Research Analyst. He then transitioned into the healthcare field as the Associate Director of Prospect Research and Management at the University of Maryland Medical System Foundation in Baltimore, Maryland. Wanting to gain some exposure to data science, Matt took a management role at Catholic Relief Services, an international relief agency, where he led a team of analysts in supporting all levels of fundraising with analytics and predictive modeling. In 2019 Matt decided to move across the country and join the Oregon State University Foundation as their Assistant Director of Prospect Management in Corvallis, Oregon. Prior to entering philanthropy Matt earned his MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his BA in history from Messiah College. Matt enjoys spending his time with his wife and small pug-mix exploring their new home in the Pacific Northwest.
Alexa Makhani (2018-2020)
Prospect Research Analyst
Washington State University—Pullman, WA
Alexa Makhani has been a Prospect Research Analyst for the Washington State University (WSU) Foundation since 2014 where she assists in prospect management and strategizing with seven development teams across the University. She received a B.A. in Business Administration and Finance at WSU which helped in her first job with the Information Technology department where she was responsible for budgeting and contract maintenance. Alexa serves as the Treasurer of the Board for a non-profit environmental organization in Moscow, Idaho and can often be found playing tennis, traveling, going to concerts, and exploring the Palouse with her family.
Kim Palumbarit (2018-2020)
Director of Prospect Development
Seattle University—Seattle, WA