By Mark Reardon

olin bs cnt 4 color cmyk1 Executive Edge: Laura Kozack of Grace Hill

Laura Kozak serves as Grace Hill’s Vice President for Development. With eighteen years experience serving St. Louis not-for-profit agencies, she recently joined Grace Hill to develop a corporate and major gifts program.  Prior to Grace Hill, Laura held the role of Director of Development for the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, managing a $1.2 million Annual Fund along with a robust Friends Committee.  Laura also served as Director Institutional Advancement for St. Joseph’s Academy, where she was charged with building a development program and launching the largest capital campaign in the school’s history.  Her capital and comprehensive Campaign experience includes the $8.2 Million Campaign for St. Joseph’s Academy, the $1.3 Billion Campaign for Washington University, and the $500 Million Campaign for St. Louis University.

Prior to leading the fundraising effort at St. Joseph’s Academy, Laura served as Director of the Annual Fund in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.  Laura arrived shortly after the public Campaign kicked off in 1998.  St. Louis University is where Laura began in fundraising career in the Office of Annual Giving Programs.  She was promoted to Director of Parent Programs and later initiated the University’s first Reunion Giving Program.  While a student at St. Louis University, Laura worked full-time for the City of St. Louis Recreation Division as a grant-writer, developing youth programs.  There, she was part of the Teamwork, Inc., not-for-profit branch of Parks and Recreation that brought athletic and art programs to St. Louis City youth.

Laura’s development acumen includes campaign strategy and management, annual fund management, major gift solicitation, planned giving, and event planning.  A highly collaborative, responsible and motivated leader, she has been engaged in strategic planning, budgeting and staffing decisions.  An experienced gift officer, she is able to identify, cultivate and steward donors to play key leadership roles.

In our community, Laura currently serves on the Board of Good Shepherd School for Children and is vice president of the St. Louis Charitable Foundation board.  She was recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” in 2008.


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