NPR has hired Monique Hanson, senior v.p. and chief development officer for YMCA of the USA, as its chief development officer.
Hanson joined the YMCA in 2004 and has since served as chief fundraising strategist for the $5 billion organization. In her position at NPR, Hanson will oversee NPR’s fundraising programs and work with stations and the Trustees of the NPR Foundation, Inc., a private nonprofit.
“Monique has the experience needed to take NPR to new heights in fundraising. She brings vision and a collaborative spirit that will help us forge innovative partnerships with NPR member stations across the country,” said NPR President Gary Knell in a press release. ”I’m excited that we found a leader that embraces our potential to strengthen our nation’s democracy and enrich people’s day to day lives.”
The hire is Knell’s first from outside the organization since starting as president last December.
Before joining the YMCA, Hanson was senior director of development for the Alzheimer Association in Chicago from 2001 to 2004, where she raised millions with a fundraising project in which the national organization collaborated with association chapters. She has also worked in fundraising at Roosevelt University, the Newberry Library, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Hanson starts at NPR in early October. She will relocate to Washington, D.C., from Chicago.