For Packard’s Newest, Building Relationships will be the Key to Success
Earlier this year, Laura Renaud joined the Packard Center as the new Associate Director for Development. Renaud’s focus will include two equally important roles that will increase gifts to the Center and promote visibility and awareness. At Packard, her talents and experience will be put to the test, working to expand the Packard Center’s annual fund solicitation program and building relationships with prospective and current donors.
Renaud is no stranger to Johns Hopkins University. For the past several years, she has worked in alumni relations managing reunions and the senior class gift programs. Prior to working at Hopkins, Renaud worked in student philanthropy at Goucher College.
Renaud grew up in a healthcare setting and knew she wanted to stay in that field. Her family owns a small assisted living facility where she spent every summer vacation and snow day working with and assisting the residents and their families. “I have always felt drawn to the deep relationships and interactions made with people with health care challenges, but I knew my aptitude for a career in the healthcare field would be limited by my aversion to chemistry,” she says with a smile. “Philanthropy has been a meaningful way to form these connections and I find the Packard Center mission and their approach to fund research and foster collaboration across institutional boundaries exciting and innovative.”
Renaud was also drawn to the Packard Center because of its mission to only fund the best and the brightest investigators in the field, regardless of institution. “It is so encouraging for the landscape of disease research; I think it is a good model for non-profit fundraising in general, and I'm excited to be part of the team,” notes Renaud.