Conferences & Training
Faculty - Annual Conference for Development Researchers

Conference Co-Chairs

Carrick Davis

Carrick Davis
Director of Research and Prospect Management
University of Northern Colorado

Carrick Davis is the director of prospect development and research at the University of Northern Colorado. His work includes integrating analytics to improve decision-making and workflow efficiency, delivering greater insight with data, and supporting more focused, strategic thinking across the development and alumni relations divisions. He is most passionate in enhancing data literacy at UNC by bringing innovative information delivery systems to teams. Prior to his current role, Davis was a senior prospect development analyst at the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association.

He received bachelor's degrees in sociology and healthcare economics and policy from Beloit College and a master's degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan. He is currently pursuing a second master's in computer information systems.

Davis is a member of the Apra International board of directors and has served on the Apra Wisconsin board. He has spoken widely at Apra and CASE on topics related to reporting, analytics, relationship management and data visualization.

Lindsey Nadeau

Lindsey Nadeau
Director, Research and Relationship Management
The George Washington University

Lindsey Nadeau joined GW in 2015 to lead their presidential and principal gifts research and relationship management team. She is responsible for guiding a specialized team focused exclusively on providing prospect intelligence in support of GW's most visible, high-impact solicitations and engagement. She has played an integral role in GW's ongoing presidential transition, and partners with senior fundraising leadership to shape both high-level and prospect-specific strategy. She previously led development operations at the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank; was an assistant director of prospect research and management at American University; and held multiple roles (read: too many hats!) in development operations at Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy nonprofit. She holds a bachelor's degree in economics from American University.

Nadeau is the immediate past president of Apra Metro DC, the DC chapter of the Association for Professional Researchers for Advancement (Apra) and is the chair of the Association for Advancement Services Professional's Prospect Development Best Practice Committee.


Amy Begg

Amy Begg
Managing Director of Prospect Management
Harvard University

Amy is the managing director of prospect management at Harvard University's Office of Alumni Affairs and Development. In 2016, Amy created the first prospect management team for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard. Prior to joining Harvard in 2003, Amy was the director of research at the YMCA of Greater New York in Manhattan.

Amy serves as a trustee and secretary for the University System of New Hampshire (USNH), which includes all of the public colleges and universities in the State of New Hampshire. As trustee she serves on the Executive Committee, Finance Committee on Investments and the Governance Committee. Amy is a past president and board member of the New England Development Research Association (NEDRA). Previously, she served as a board member for the Plymouth State Alumni Association, including a term as chair of the association.

Ryan Frank

Ryan Frank
Director, Prospect Management and Research

Ryan Frank is currently the director of prospect management and research for NPR. In this role, he oversees a dedicated and highly motivated Prospect Research team as well as the Prospect Management Department. Most recently, Ryan was director of prospect management at City of Hope where he managed the Prospect Management Department as well as collaborated with senior leadership and fundraisers on prospect strategies.

Previously, Ryan was assistant manager of prospect research and management at Pomona College. Prior to joining Pomona College in May 2014, he was a member of UC San Diego’s Prospect Research department staff, where he created, implemented, and managed the daily functions of UC San Diego’s Grateful Patient Program, and provided strategic prospect information to fundraisers.

Ryan has a master's in library science degree from San Jose State University and a bachelor's degree in history, with a minor in art history, from UC Santa Barbara. He has presented at numerous conferences including APRA, CARA, AHP, and AFP.

Susan Hayes-McQueen

Susan Hayes-McQueen
Assistant Vice President, Development Services
University of Washington

Susan Hayes-McQueen has been at the University of Washington in Seattle since 1996, working as a fundraiser, implementing a prospect management system, leading an outstanding Prospect Development team, and now as the Assistant Vice President for Development Services. In her role, she directs the University of Washington's prospect identification, research and management efforts; donor relations and endowment management; annual philanthropy and analytics; and the President’s Circle (UW’s leadership annual giving club). She leads 4 teams of 40 strategic professionals who work with more than 175 fundraisers who recently completed a $5 billion campaign. In her day-to-day work, she attempts to make ensure that advancement at the UW is of the highest professional and strategic quality. Additionally, she is often asked to walk on water or turn water into wine.

A frequent speaker and consultant, Susan enjoys promoting the benefits that a strong Development Services department has for fundraising. She loves her job, her donors, her fundraising partners, and clean data. Susan is a proud alumna of the University of Michigan (’91 BA Classical Archaeology) and completed work towards a master’s degree in Museum Studies at the University of Washington. She has a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the University of Washington.

Keynote Speaker

Mark Longo

Mark Longo
Director of Strategic Initiatives
California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Mark Longo is the director of strategic initiatives at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). In this role, he collaborates with development stakeholders to plan, facilitate and accomplish strategically identified, cross-functional projects and process improvements. Areas of focus include benchmarking, project management and board meeting support.

Previously, he was the deputy director of strategic development services at Georgetown University and he led the development operations teams at the National Geographic Society and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Longo is a frequent presenter at CASE, AASP, APRA, Academic Impressions and other industry conferences. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics-finance from Bentley University and a master's degree in leadership from Georgetown University. He has also received a certificate in project management from Caltech and is a certified Prosci change management practitioner.

Crystal Apple Award winner for teaching excellence