The Birthplace of Apra

Christen Tarantino

22 Jun 2020 3:10 PM | Webmaster (Administrator)

 Christen Tarantino 
 Director of Advancement Research
 Saint Paul Academy and Summit  School

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

A. I've been a member of Apra-MN since moving to Minnesota in 2012, and first joined Apra International and NEDRA as a brand-new prospect researcher at Amherst College in 2006.

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

A.The members! This is such a supportive community of brilliant and creative thinkers, and I feel lucky to be a part of it.

Q. What do you like most about your career?

A. I like how much the profession has grown and changed with the times while still sticking to the fundamentals of using data to build relationships and advance our organizations' missions. When I first started out in the field, I used to describe my job as a cross between a reference librarian and a technical writer. Now I'd say it's more like a cross between a reference librarian and a technical writer...and a data scientist...and a project manager...and a business analyst...and an armchair psychologist. I'm excited to have a career where I can continue to grow and learn new skills, and where no two days are ever quite the same.

Q. Best piece of advice you've received?

A. "Be kind. Everyone you meet is carrying a heavy burden."

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