The Birthplace of Apra

Alison Freeman

15 Jun 2021 8:24 AM | Michael Van Dyke (Administrator)

Alison Freeman

Lead Senior Researcher, University of Minnesota & Apra-MN Director of Membership Committee

1. How long have you been an Apra-MN member and what was your first Apra experience? 

I have been a member since 2014 which was also my first experience with Apra-MN. I met my friend and mentor in July 2014, Lesli, and she introduced me to Apra-MN. She became my mentor that year and that one meeting at a restaurant changed my career. My first conference which I still remember like it was yesterday. Was at the Science Museum where we learned about briefings, New York real estate and had a panel discussion. It was a wonderful experience and I try to get to as many conferences I can now because of my wonderful time.

2. What do you enjoy most about Apra-MN? 

There are many things I enjoy about Apra-MN but most of all it is the people. Connecting with individuals who share a similar passion for research and nonprofits is the best aspect. Apra-MN and APRA has made a great network where we can meet new people and share information with trusted colleagues.

3. What do you like most about your career?

I love my career and the industry. I have found and developed many close friends. I get to use my strongest skills every day in my career. Working on research or prospecting or meeting with Development Officers to discuss next steps on their portfolios. Being part of innovative creative team who continues to strive for excellence. There are so many reasons I love this career. I'm naturally a curious organized person and this career fits perfectly.

4. Best piece of advice you've received?

Listen and ask questions - this way you gain more understanding and knowledge of what someone is trying to convey. That can be within research or life in general.

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