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Director of Development, Child Advocates, Denver CASA

LA ’15


After starting a promising career in political fundraising, Kara Angelini realized her skills could be best utilized in nonprofit development, a field where she could actualize positive change in her local community. This led her to her role as Director of Development, Child Advocates for Denver CASA, an organization that provides highly trained volunteers to advocate on behalf of children who have experienced abuse and/or neglect. Angelini feels lucky to see the work of her colleagues and volunteers up close and considers it motivation for her work.

“I am responsible for reaching out to everyone from longtime donors to newly interested supporters,” explained Angelini. “I enjoy the work of speaking with our program team to authentically and accurately represent their work, passing along their stories to the funders and supporters who make our work possible.”

During her time at Tulane, Angelini was a Newcomb Scholar, PLEN conference attendee, and served as President of Women in Politics. She looks on this time fondly, crediting Newcomb Institute with giving her the first sense of belonging in college.

“It was so refreshing to be around similarly curious people, interested in a broad array of disciplines but connected by a desire to share ideas and celebrate learning,” reflected Angelini. “Thanks to Newcomb, I felt confident in my ability to thrive in a professional environment, build relationships, and explore my interests.”

As she looks to the future, Angelini hopes to pair her interest in developing funds with supporting focused, transformational policy campaigns, particularly in support of women, families, and children.

“If there has been anything the past ten years have taught me, it is to be open to new possibilities and opportunities I would have never imagined,” said Angelini. “I am currently in the process of pursuing my Master of Public Administration degree through the University of Southern California. I love working in a mission-driven environment, and my hope is this degree expands my understanding of the public sector and how policy can be a force for transformative good.”