Lauren Weedon Hopkins '99
Lauren Weedon Hopkins graduated from Washington and Lee in 1999 with a B.A. in English and Print Journalism. After a successful career in the magazine industry in New York City, including the senior editor of seventeen.com, Lauren moved back to her hometown of Jacksonville, FL. She became active in local volunteer organizations such as the Junior League of Jacksonville and the Rotaract Club of Florida's First Coast, serving as its president.
With a renewed focus on community service, Lauren decided to make volunteering her day job and write in her free time. While freelancing for Marie Claire, Shape and Every Day with Rachael Ray, she joined the staff of a local nonprofit organization which fulfills the dreams of children battling life-threatening illnesses. During her five years at Dreams Come True, Lauren held a variety of positions including director of development, associate director and interim executive director.From 2012-2015, Lauren served as director of development at the YMCA of Florida's First Coast. In addition to soliciting and stewarding major gifts for the organization, she played an integral role in the $21 million capital campaign to build a new Y downtown.In August 2015, Lauren became the executive director of Catholic Charities Jacksonville, where she oversees a $5.5 million budget and more than 50 staff. By putting compassion into action, the agency prevents homelessness with programs in emergency assistance, workforce development and more. Lauren holds the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential and is a past president of the Florida First Coast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). A graduate of Leadership Jacksonville and the inaugural class of Emerging Leaders sponsored by the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, Lauren is happy to speak with students about fundraising and nonprofit work.