Nicole Wright, Prospect Research Consultant, Ohio State University
How did you get into fundraising and/or prospect development?
My best friend and OPRN member Jenny Sowash and I applied for seasonal jobs at the Zoo while we were students at OSU. Jenny was hired as a seasonal and has made a career there. I interviewed for a Zoo seasonal job but was called back to my OSU student job. A few years later, a position opened up at the Zoo in the Development Office running the Adopt An Animal program and other fundraising programs. I was there for 9 years which gave me a foundation for fundraising and non-profits. I went on to positions at Habitat for Humanity, Franklin Park Conservatory, The Ohio State University, Goodwill Columbus, Cristo Rey Columbus. I returned to Ohio State in 2022 as a Prospect Research Consultant.
When/where was your first Apra conference?
Indianapolis in 2023
What skill would you like to master?
Kitchen knife skills. I love watching Chopped, Top Chef and all kinds of cooking shows and wish I could chop vegetables like a chef!
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What is the last TV show you binged watched?
The West Wing. I binge watch this at least twice a year.