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Lauren Sauer

Lauren Sauer

Development Officer

California Institute of Integral Studies

San Francisco, CA

Finance professional balancing impact and financial sustainability at mission-driven organizations.





California Institute of Integral Studies

Development Officer

Manage traditional higher education development activities such as creating fundraising goals for a portfolio of individual, corporate, and foundation donors, while also taking on strategic business development projects such as capacity planning for growth according to our strategic plan and acting as lead liaison for the college’s government and community collaborations.

Rochester Institute of Technology

Associate Director of Alumni Relations

▪ Acted as a trusted advisor to to high-level decision makers for the two science colleges within the university.
▪ Guided deans and college leadership to implement a strategy with the most impactful messaging to reach their fundraising goals.
▪ Led data-driven decisions for strategic action by analyzing alumni giving and engagement, compiling data from disparate sources into our Advance Donor Database System, and creating reports to evaluate progress.
▪ Maximized ROI and resource efficiency on a $15,000 budget to engage over 7,000 national and international alumni.
▪ Leveraged relationships with students, faculty, alumni and a volunteer advisory board to build a network to systematically grow our pipeline of donors and alumni volunteers.
▪ Utilized SQL database tools language and constituent engagement management system iModules to achieve engagement metrics.


GradFly- a SaaS Ed-Tech start-up in the Z80 Labs Technology Incubator

Business Development Intern

▪ Launched evolving strategic growth plan by building relationships with customers and partners in STEM education.
▪ Improved prospect and market research, expanded sales leads, and used Pipedrive and Yesware to create a CRM plan for qualified prospects.


Rochester Institute of Technology

International Finance Tutor

Taught foreign exchange exposure, currency derivatives, purchasing power parity, global cost of capital, and related topics to mid-career professionals in the Executive MBA program.


Rochester Museum & Science Center

Program Supervisor

▪ Managed fee-based educational programs including summer camp program serving over 1,300 children, which brought in a quarter of the museum's operating revenue.
▪ Built a diverse team of 60 seasonal staff educators, 80 volunteers, and 30 year-round part-time instructors.
▪ Strategically planned program offerings and managed resulting competing projects and deadlines including developing content, recruiting staff and participants, and evaluating performance, impact, and financial sustainability.
▪ Doubled revenues for the museum's birthday party programs by implementing pricing restructuring based on analysis of a benchmarking survey I initiated.
▪ Strengthened the museum's relationship with a tactical community partner through collaborative development of a grant-funded permanent watershed exhibit.
▪ Represented the museum at the international Assoc. of Science and Technology Centers conference to deliver a presentation I developed in collaboration with three other museums.


Carnegie Science Center

Educator, Mission Discovery Program

▪ Promoted from seasonal camp staff to a permanent educator position for an inner-city outreach program for middle school children and city school district therapeutic support classes.
▪ Implemented a complex grant program partnership between the Carnegie Museums and an integrated social services organization.
▪ Led content planning and development for program offerings while building mentoring relationships with at-risk youth and families.

60 education 13

Rochester Institute of Technology

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Finance and Management & Leadership, 3.9 GPA

▪ Honed balance of quantitative and qualitative skills through dual concentration coursework covering financial valuation, modeling and analysis and strategic implementation to achieve long-term goals and intrinsically motivate teams in entrepreneurial and technology-intensive environments.
▪ Independent project in advanced financial modeling using Excel including what-if scenario management, Monte Carlo simulations, optimization, vlookup, pivot tables, iterative calculations, capital structuring, and equity valuation.
▪ External consulting project to develop a strategic plan for ShiftAlertz, a SaaS start-up, using the balanced scorecard approach to provide them with a concise action plan to scale the company through partnerships, new investments, and new market entries.
▪ Corporate valuation analysis projects for Whole Foods Market, Xerox Corp., and Monsanto Co. using CAPM, WACC, free cash flow, dividend discount model, ratios, and market indicators.


Carnegie Mellon University

Bachelor of Arts, English and Biological Sciences, Minor in Hispanic Studies

Science and Humanities Scholar, Deans List, International study in Madrid, Spain and conversational Spanish language skills