Meet Your Co-Chairs
Amy Begg is Executive Director of Pipeline Optimization at Emory University. Amy is responsible for developing robust pipelines, optimizing fundraiser portfolios and oversees the Research and Prospect Management teams. For the last 18 years, Amy has held leadership positions on the research and prospect management team at Harvard University. In 2016, Amy created the first prospect management team for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. She has also provided guidance on prospect management for the University development office, the Radcliffe Institute, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Harvard Divinity School. Amy is also co-founder and partner of Cypriped LLC., a cryptocurrency mining company.
Amy serves as a trustee for the University System of New Hampshire (USNH), which includes all of the public colleges and universities in the State of New Hampshire. She 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.
Lisa Foster is the Director of Prospect Development at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, where she is also an alumna and a parent of two alumni. Lisa is a former member of the Board of Directors of NEDRA. Over the course of her term, she served as the Treasurer of the Board of Directors, Conference Co-Chair for two NEDRA Conferences, Secretary of the Board, and Co-Chair of various committees. Lisa continues to serve on the NEDRA Programming and Nominating Committees and as Faculty for the NEDRA Research Basics Bootcamp. Lisa served as a Director of the Haverhill Foundation for Excellence in Education for over twenty years and has also served as a director of the Haverhill Discovery Club Program.
Most recently Steve was the Assistant Director of NYC Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics (MODA). Here, he provided guidance and supervision to the Office’s data scientists and analytic portfolio. As the City’s center for data analytic excellence, he regularly interacted with City leadership, other Mayor’s Offices, City agencies, and NYC’s data science community.
Previously, he was the Director of Development Analytics and Strategy at Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) producing reporting and analysis needs for senior leadership. Before JALC, he joined the ACLU as the Prospect Research Analyst working with the Principal Gifts team in the national office at the beginning of the Trump administration.
In a previous life he pursued academia as a doctoral fellow at Rutgers University, focusing his research on labor relations, intimacy, and visual sociology. When the time allowed, he taught various courses on social inequality, social research, and the sociology of emotions.
He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from SUNY at Old Westbury, a master’s degree in sociology from St. John’s University, and a second master’s degree in media studies from CUNY at Brooklyn College. He currently sits on the board of the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, served as a director of APRAGNY and served on Apra committees
Steve joined The Helen Brown Group in 2021.
Jami Hougen Johnson
Jami is a member of the Prospect Development and Decision Support team at the University of Chicago, where she leads the Prospect Management and Information Engagement teams. These teams work to increase the organization’s capacity for fundraising through writing strategic policy and analyses, creating user-centered data tools, managing organizational knowledge, and developing mission-focused training. Currently, she is focused on preparing colleagues as UChicago overhauls their technology systems and moves to Salesforce. With over ten years of experience in advancement services, Jami strongly believes in the importance of positioning the work as a key driver of fundraising results. She got her start working as a fundraiser but soon realized she could raise more money through improving systems holistically, rather than soliciting donors individually. To this day, she often tells colleagues that “she is a fundraiser too, she just raises more money using a spreadsheet”.
Jami has a B.S. in Psychology and certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Iowa and a master’s in liberal arts, Ethics and Leadership, from the University of Chicago.
Prisca is Senior Director of Prospect Development at the University of Georgia. She is a strategic, innovative, and collaborative fundraising research professional with more than 20 years of experience. As a key member of the Research and Prospect Management operation at UGA, she leads her team in supporting fundraising efforts for priority institutional initiatives, the office of the University President and Vice President, the central office fundraising teams, and more than 18 schools, colleges, and units. She successfully led the Advancement Research and Prospect Management operations in closing out two comprehensive campaigns for the University of Georgia.
Throughout her career, Prisca has contributed to her field by presenting and participating in a range of professional organizations. She is a frequent speaker at APRA International, APRA-GA, APRA Chapters Share The Knowledge, Apra Plug In to Leadership, CASE, GEAC, and AACSB.
Prisca is a member of Apra and serves as Award Chair. She's Program Director for Apra-GA, on the board of GEAC, AFP Leadership mentor, and part of CASE Faculty for Prospect Development.
As a leader, Prisca is dynamic and creative. She combines comprehensive management experiences to motivate, train, coach, and advance her team.
Prior to joining the development community, Prisca worked as an interior designer in Europe and the US. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia.