As Senior Director of Research and Development, Maggie Lynch oversees the strategy for meeting the research and data needs of the organization, including for its national work through American Pets Alive! and the Human Animal Support Services project. Maggie has been a leader on the APA! staff since 2015, moving from Co-Director of Development, to Director of Development, then to Chief of Philanthropy, and on to R&D leadership in 2022. She volunteered with APA! beginning in early 2009 when she founded APA!’s grants program to support its rapid growth. She left in 2011 to expand her experience in supporting social change, working at one of the world’s leading social enterprises in Cambodia. After returning to the U.S., she consulted with nonprofits on how to build strong organizational foundations for fundraising and wrote grants for a variety of causes. She brings from her past experience a background in academic research, performance measurement, program budgeting, and executive management to her R&D role, along with a talent for telling the story of the “why” of social change and for translating research and analysis into compelling stories and tools useful for stakeholders in bringing about substantial change in animal welfare.