Dara (she/her) is passionate about helping nonprofits achieve their potential and assisting philanthropists engaging in meaningful, impactful giving. In 2019, she founded a consulting practice focused on philanthropic advising and addressing nonprofits' strategic and organizational challenges. She serves clients nationally and in Northeast Ohio. A 20+ year veteran of the nonprofit sector, she held senior positions at Lippman Kanfer Family Philanthropies for nearly a decade. Dara has also worked in development for a variety of nonprofits and did an interesting stint in corporate management consulting. She earned her MBA from Fordham University and BA from Smith College. Smith spurred her involvement in the nonprofit sector, and as a deeply committed alumna, Dara has been active with both the Cleveland and New York Smith Clubs. She currently serves as Secretary of HFLA of Northeast Ohio (which does nondenominational interest-free lending) and on the board of Mayyim Hayyim.
Dara grew up in NJ and lived in NYC for several years, moving to Ohio in late 2008. A voracious reader, she is a published poet and produced playwright. Dara lives with her husband, Eric, and two very imaginative elementary aged sons (Max & Jack), plus one talkative cat. Occasionally, Dara goes to bed "on time."