Adam Bradford, President
Adam Bradford is director of prospect development at Columbia University, leading a team of ten in providing research and prospect management support and services to the majority of Columbia’s schools and units. In addition to his experience working in and leading teams in prospect research and prospect management, Adam has led and developed processes for Columbia in board development and due diligence/reputational research and has served as a key advisor and partner for Columbia’s efforts around database development, data management, and data science and analytics. Adam has been working in university development since 2000 and has been working in the field of prospect development since 2005, when he joined Columbia as a research analyst. He holds a bachelor’s degree in classical studies from the University of Chicago. Adam lives in Montclair, NJ, with his wife and two daughters.
Erynn Sarno, Vice President
Erynn Sarno has more than a decade of experience in prospect development. As the Senior Director of Prospect Research at Mount Sinai Health System, Erynn and her team are responsible for building the pipeline for the health system’s $2 billion campaign. This is Erynn’s second campaign with Mount Sinai; she had been part of its first campaign which exceeded its initial goal by more than $500M. Erynn loves campaigns, and was part of the planning and silent phases of Northwell Health’s $1B campaign. She has also worked with international science and technology non-profits in China and the Netherlands, where she wrote grants, edited manuscripts, and researched potential donors. In between analyzing suspect to prospect ratios, pipeline building for strategic priorities, and tweaking prospect models, Erynn enjoys visiting museums, playing with her cats, and tending to her plants.
Nelson Kuo, Board Secretary
Nelson Kuo is a prospect development analyst at Montefiore Medicine. Previously, he served as a research associate at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Prior to that role, he was a program manager in the medical marketing field. Mr. Kuo received a BS in applied economics and management from Cornell University. He loves attending Apra GNY's engaging speaker presentations and social events, as they provide a great avenue to connect with others in the research field. Mr. Kuo an avid runner, occasional rock climber, and enjoys traveling.
Ellen Zemlin, Treasurer
Ellen Zemlin is a prospect researcher and strategist at the Jewish Museum. Previously, she served as manager of prospect research at the New York Philharmonic and as senior research associate at Pace University. She came to prospect research in 2014 after studying history and sociology at Manchester College and Drew University. In addition to her volunteer service with Apra GNY, she is a member of the Apra Connections Editorial Board. When not doing prospect research, she enjoys reading, theater, choral music, history, thinking about public transit infrastructure, and spending time with her partner and cats.
Jennifer Ruden, Director of Programming
Jennifer Ruden is Assistant Vice President at CCS Fundraising. She believes deeply in the power of non-profit organizations to create opportunity in the form of health, education, social progress, and empowerment of the human spirit. Jennifer has planned several campaigns for CCS clients, navigating complex organizational needs, multiple department stakeholders, and staff transitions. Before joining CCS she provided competitive intelligence research in healthcare markets for clients at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital, supporting decisions in M&A and equity markets. Jennifer lives in Jersey City, NJ, and Tyler Hill, PA. On weekends she is revisiting her childhood love of horseback riding and continuing her quest for the perfect wheat-free cookie.
Jessica Fryer, Director of Membership
Jessica Fryer is the Senior Development Coordinator of the Prospect Research and Management Team at the American Museum of Natural History, joining the museum in late 2018. Previously, she worked at Christie’s for 3 years, working on both the Inventory Control Team and the Business Support Group, where she worked on data management and client service, among many other things. In addition, during her time at Christie’s she was the leader of the Employee Initiatives Group, within Christie’s Corporate Social Responsibility. It was this role that piqued her interest in working with non-profits. As the Employee Initiatives CSR leader, Jessica worked with numerous local nonprofits to raise money and foster volunteering opportunities. Furthermore, Jessica is active in the NYC nonprofit scene, and is currently a member of the Young Professionals Leadership Board for the Art Therapy Protect, as well as a mentor for the Free Arts NYC Creative Lab Program, both positions she has held for over 2 years. She received a BA from the University of Michigan, with majors in International Studies and History of Art, and a minor in Afroamerican and African Studies. Jessica loves being a member of APRA GNY, which comes with it the opportunity to meet and network with so many like-minded individuals!
Stephanie Rigione, Director of Social Media & Marketing
Stephanie Rigione is the Senior Director of Prospect Strategy & Management at Mount Sinai Health System. She has over a decade of experience in frontline fundraising and development program building. She previously spent 8.5 years at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer fundraising in annual giving, corporate and foundation, and programmatic capacities. Combining those skills, she has reimagined the moves management system at Mount Sinai into a revenue-focused, strategic hub. By applying data insights and thoughtful partnership, the Prospect Strategy & Management team enhances the fundraisers’ effectiveness.
Joanna Broughton is the Director of Prospect Development at Barnard College. As an alumna with more than 20 years of experience in fundraising, Joanna brings a wealth of knowledge to Barnard. Among her previous positions, she has been the director of development at the Zimmerli Art Museum, overseen corporate sponsorship at Lincoln Center, and coordinated government affairs for a consortium of cultural institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History. She has a masters degree in nonprofit management from The New School and is Blackbaud certified in Raiser's Edge. She lives in Maplewood, NJ with her husband and two daughters.
Jennifer Devine joined the Research Department of the Metropolitan Opera in 2008 and has served as Director of Development Research since 2015. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Industry with a minor in Business Communications from SUNY Oneonta and a Certificate in Fundraising from New York University. Jennifer possesses a deeply-rooted passion for supporting the arts, prospect research, and food. A native Long-Islander, she recently re-located to beautiful Bucks County and enjoys long walks along the Delaware Canal.
George Hartman joined Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) in May 2019 as a prospect manager within the prospect management team. Mr. Hartman has extensive experience in prospect research, development, and management. Prior to joining MSK, he served as the prospect researcher at the Fashion Institute of Technology, the internationally recognized college for design, fashion, art, communications, and business. Additionally, Mr. Hartman serves as the volunteer co-chair of the Research and Prospect Development Track at the Association of Fundraising Professionals' Fundraising Day in New York. He was a past president of Apra Greater New York.
Hadley Iacone has been a prospect researcher at Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Bronx Zoo headquarters since 2010. Prior to that, she worked in early education. Ms. Iacone received her master’s degree from Drexel University’s College of Information Science and Technology. Her favorite activities include reading, international travel, tennis, designing terrariums, and visiting Kinderhook Farm in Upstate New York.
Arek Lipinski is a development consultant providing prospect research solutions and wealth intelligence to small and mid-size non-profit organizations, healthcare and academic institutions in the U.S. and Canada. From 2006 to 2018, he was a member of fundraising teams as a prospect researcher at McGill University, NYU School of Law, Baruch College/CUNY and Pace University. Also, he worked in the investment banking field as an equity analyst at Deutsche Bank. In addition, he has been teaching college-level and high school-level social sciences since 2006. As an avid mountaineer, he spends his spare time hiking, trekking and climbing.