Job Title: Co-Founder & CEO


Degree(s): Bachelor of arts in English and psychology and a master of science in information studies

Lori Hood Lawson, co-founder and CEO of, helps to keep the nonprofit sector current in the latest issues and trends. Previously, Ms. Hood Lawson served as director of strategic solutions for Kintera P!N, where she managed a team of consultants, serving more than 300 nonprofit organizations in identification of prospective donors via wealth screening. While at Kintera, she also helped bring to market P!N’s desktop product as a web-based solution. Before joining P!N, Ms. Hood enjoyed the role of associate director of research for The Florida State University Foundation, where she received the Administrator of the Year Award and served on the New Employee Orientation Committee and The Committee for Acknowledgement and Recognition of Employee Excellence.

Ms. Hood Lawson is a member of the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement International (APRA) where she serves as a member and former chair for its Ethics Committee; member and former co-chair of its Online Curriculum Committee; and member of its Body of Knowledge Committee. She has served on the board of the Florida chapter of APRA, most recently as president and director-at-large. Ms. Hood Lawson also is a member of the Association of Advancement Services Professionals Best Practices Committee for Prospect Development and a member of ARMA International. She was a member of the fundraising operations certification task force and served as adjunct faculty and mentor for the fundraising operations certification program at Rice University’s Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership. She holds a master’s degree from The Florida State University School of Information and a bachelor’s degree from Emory University. She is a voracious reader, a frequent author of articles and blogs, and a speaker at industry conferences. She also served as editor for David Lawson’s book, Big Good: Philanthropy in the Age of Big Data & Cognitive Computing.

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