March 31, 2023
ResearchPRO's #ResearchPride: Hidden Figures in Fundraising is a dialogue series centering and celebrating Black professionals in prospect development.
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This episode features Steve Grimes & ResearchPRO CEO, Regina Alhassan.
Steve is the Associate Director of Data Insight at the Helen Brown Group. Most recently he was the Assistant Director of NYC Mayor's Office of Data Analytics (MODA). Here, he provided guidance and supervision to the Office’s data scientists and analytic portfolio. As the City's center for data analytic excellence, he regularly interacted with City leadership, other Mayor’s Offices, City agencies, and NYC’s data science community.
Previously, he was the Director of Development Analytics and Strategy at Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) producing reporting and analysis needs for senior leadership. Before JALC, he joined the ACLU as the Prospect Research Analyst working with the Principal Gifts team in the national office at the beginning of the Trump administration.
In a previous life he pursued academia as a doctoral fellow at Rutgers University, focusing his research on labor relations, intimacy, and visual sociology. When the time allowed, he taught various courses on social inequality, social research, and the sociology of emotions.
He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from SUNY at Old Westbury, a master’s degree in sociology from St. John’s University, and a second master’s degree in media studies from CUNY at Brooklyn College. He currently sits on the board of the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and NEDRA, served as a director of APRAGNY and various APRA committees, and was co-host of a now defunct podcast on prospect research.
He is a fan of nature, history, and video games.
5:00 Normalizing #ResearchPride
10:00 A Distinct Language & Industry of Prospect Development
15:00 Finding Purpose as a Nonprofit Professional
20:00 Steve's Number
30:00 What's In a Name?
37:00 Future of Prospect Development
45:00 Being Intentional about Positivity