Q&A with Lucy Provost, Senior Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
1. What is your current role at your institution/company?
I am Senior Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. As such, I am responsible for maintaining established and developing collaborative new corporate relationships for Wharton. In addition, I manage the Wharton Partnership, the School’s corporate and foundation stewardship program. Our team goal for fundraising each year is approximately $15 million.
2. How long have you been a NACRO member?
I’ve been a member of NACRO since 2014. Over the years, I’ve served on the Conference Programming and the Professional Development committees. Currently, I serve on the Board as chair of Professional Development.
3. What do you enjoy most about your NACRO membership?
It’s sometimes a heavy lift, but I appreciate the opportunity to do the challenging work of the organization through committee and board activities. I’ve ended up acquiring skills that I haven’t received at my university. I can flex muscles that I never knew I had. And the individuals who make up NACRO are the best!
4. So far, what has been your greatest Corporate Relations success? What has been your greatest challenge?
I’ve worked on multi-million dollar collaborations between the Wharton School and corporate partners. I find the real satisfaction comes from the personal connections I’ve made with alumni who want to give back to the School by bringing these partnerships to fruition and the excitement of the students who benefit from them. My greatest challenge is keeping up with the faculty and research centers who create new ideas and opportunities for engagement all the time.
5. What’s something about you (a fun fact) that not many people know?
For 2 ½ years right out of college, I worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, as a senate staffer.