Andrea M. Pagano-Reyes (she/hers) is the Vice President of Advancement and Philanthropic Engagement at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. In this role, she provides direction and leadership to the CEO/President and organization with a focus on building a robust and diverse development program to support IWPR’s bold agenda for an equitable future. Andrea has more than 19 years of experience in fundraising, philanthropy, and gender-equity work. She has a demonstrated history of successfully raising financial support for a variety of nonprofits and political organizations.
Before joining IWPR, she served as vice president of development at RAINN, where she provided strategic leadership to the development team of nine professionals to foster RAINN’s donor relationships, manage major gifts, and grow and diversify financial resources to support survivors of sexual violence. Prior to RAINN, Andrea was the director of development for university programs at Penn State University, her alma mater, where she raised funds for scholarships for first-generation college students, the LGBTQA+ Student Resource Center, the Gender Equity Center, mental health services, and leadership programs for students. Prior to that, she worked for EMILY’s List as the organization’s eastern regional finance director, where she managed regional partnerships and donors to help elect women to office up and down the ticket. She also served as a major gifts officer for the Campaign for America’s Future, and spent a year living in Okinawa, Japan, as a special events coordinator for the Marine Corps Community Services.
Andrea grew up in Ohio and has resided in Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, and Okinawa, Japan. She now lives in Virginia with her husband, who is a former Marine, two fierce daughters, and two not-so-fierce cats.
Andrea graduated from Penn State University with undergraduate degrees in political science and women’s studies and from George Washington University with a Master’s degree concentrating in public policy and women’s studies.