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Lauren Shanahan

Lauren is part of the Major and Planned Gifts team dedicated to building relationships with alumni, parents and friends of the College, and advancing the Ursinus mission by aligning the philanthropic interests of donors with institutional priorities.

Title

Senior Major Gifts Officer

Background

Lauren joined the Advancement team in January 2015 with more than 12 years of advancement experience in higher education and healthcare. Most recently, she worked as Director of Major Gifts at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, where she secured gifts for the Children’s Hospital, nursing, education and various community programs.  

She also held leadership roles in annual giving and alumni relations at Albright College and Muhlenberg College, respectively. At Muhlenberg, her alma mater, she served as Director of Alumni Relations, where she launched the College’s first online community and developed a robust program for volunteer engagement. She continues her involvement with Muhlenberg as a career ambassador and reunion chair; in 2012 she was recognized with an Achievement Award for Alumni Leadership.

In her free time, Lauren is a health and wellness coach; she enjoys entertaining, playing cards, cooking and baking. She and her husband, Jeff, and their three children are all avid New England sports fans living in the Lehigh Valley.

Education

  • BA in Communications (minor in Business Administration), Muhlenberg College