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Expert Profile


Jessica LaFave


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Position Type:

San Diego


United States of America

Years in the field:

6 – 10 Years

Areas of Expertise

Administrative Support, Development/Sponsorship/Institutional Advancement, Events, Grants/Foundational Giving, Marketing & Communications, Project Management, Strategic Planning

Since 2014, I have served as the Development Manager at the Living Coast Discovery Center, a small non-profit zoo and aquarium in Chula Vista, CA. During that time, I oversaw our grants management process, sending over 45 applications every year and working with staff to ensure accurate reporting. I also managed our annual fundraising event and converted to a virtual event in 2020 due to the pandemic.


In addition to experience working at the Living Coast, I worked for San Diego History Center in Balboa Park and managed their membership program. I was also involved in several regional initiatives including the Balboa Park Explorer Pass and chairing the San Diego County Membership Managers Collaborative which launched the Big Exchange, a county-wide membership benefit event.


I look forward to hearing from you and discussing prospective projects for your organization.

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